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Using LinkedIn to find an internship or job

July 17, 2014

By: Annie Beard @annie_beard

dream jobLinkedIn is a great social platform that every student and professional should take advantage of. Not only is it great for connecting with other professionals, but it could also help you land a job.

There are plenty of scenarios that you could use LinkedIn for as your go-to job-search guide.

You are looking for an internship or job in a specific industry, but you don’t exactly know which company you would like to work for.

Do your research. Find big, medium and small agencies, corporations or organizations. Once you have found a few that spark your interest, find them on LinkedIn and follow their company pages. This will give you a better idea of whom the company consists of and who to connect with.

Once you figure that part out….

You have your dream job(s) and companies in mind, but you don’t know who to contact or how to land the job.

If you have a specific job and company in mind, make sure you are following its company page. Once you’ve done that, like I mentioned earlier, see whom the company consists of and connect with a few key employees who could help you.

When I use LinkedIn for job searches, I usually don’t try to connect with the CEO or President of a company. The reason I say this is because they have so many connections and they know so many people. They won’t be doing the hiring, and they won’t even remember declining your invitation because they will do it so fast. Find an entry-level employee who remembers how it feels to be in your shoes. Find the HR manager who does the hiring. Find someone relevant who can actually help you.

Once you have found the right people to contact…

You know who to reach out to for help landing the job, but you want to contact them in a professional, planned out fashion.   

Make sure you are saying the right thing. Don’t make yourself sound random or desperate. Explain to them who you are and why you are contacting them. Don’t jump right to asking for a job. Ask them if they know of any opportunities or other connections who could help you out. Ask them to keep their ears open, and to let you know if they hear of anything. Most people will be happy to help you out, as long as you sound friendly and professional.

Stand out.

If you are connecting with a fellow bobcat, let them know that you are a student at Ohio University. (Bobcats love to help each other out—I know from experience)! If they are a Reds fan, give Billy Hamilton a shout out. If they have a blog that you follow, talk about your favorite post. Find a way to relate to them and stand out.

Before you do any of this, however, you must make sure that your LinkedIn profile page is up to par. If you are reaching out to professionals, they expect you to be serious and might give your profile a look. Give them a good first impression with a good summary and be sure to highlight your strengths and experiences.

In the end, some professionals will ignore you, but some will help you. If you show the best version of yourself and reach out professionally, you are bound to end up with a few opportunities.

 

Good luck, and happy connecting!

Resources for Your Intern Search

July 7, 2014

By: Kate Schroeder @kschroeds7

Internship searching. One of the most dreaded college experiences, yet the most rewarding one. There are so many questions to ask and so many options to consider. What city do you want to work in? Will you take an unpaid internship? Do you want to intern for a semester or over the summer? Finding the perfect internship to enhance your career experience doesn’t have to seem so daunting. By using these resources you are sure to find the best internship opportunities for you!

Get online!

intern queen

Lauren Berger, Intern Queen

There are so many great resources right at your finger tips. Getting online and doing some simple searching is about the easiest way to find the internship you’re looking for. The first thing you must do is set up a Linkedin account if you haven’t already. This will not only make you more marketable, but it will be much easier to send out for internship applications! Linkedin is also a great place to search for internships. Connect with companies to find out if they have any offerings or just search your desired internship in the search bar.

Another great way to search for internships are on career websites specifically geared towards interns. My two favorite internship search websites are internqueen.com and internmatch.com. If the names themselves aren’t straightforward enough, the actual sites are! Intern Queen is great if you are looking to travel to some great cities for your internship. The site was founded by the Queen of finding the perfect internship herself, Lauren Berger. The girl had 15 internships during her college career! Internqueen.com is a great resource for ambitious internship seekers.

InternMatch is a great resource as well. It’s database of available internships is very diverse. Search internships by city, company or career interest. InternMatch is also great if you are looking for an internship in a particular city. You can narrow down your search to find exactly what you want. You can even create an online profile so that potential intern seekers can come to you for an offer.

Use your connections!

As Ohio University students we are so lucky to have a strong network of connections and great career building opportunities! Get out and go to career fairs and other programs offered to advance your experiences. Got an awesome speaker for one of your student organizations whose job interests you? Connect with them via social media and get their contact information. They could be great resources in taking the next step for applying for an internship at their company.

It is also important to remember to use connections you’ve already formed as well. I was able to obtain my internship last summer by asking an acquaintance, who is a nurse at Shriners Hospital for Children®, if their public relations department was taking interns. It turns out they did! Do not be afraid to ask. The worst thing they could say is no and that’s really not so bad!

Go to the source!

If have a dream company you want to work for one day, interning for them is a great way to start putting your name out there. Go directly to their company website and look for career and internship postings. Can’t find any? Look for any contact information and call until you find the right person to talk to about interning. If working for them is your dream you have to keep pursuing until you find yourself in that intern desk!

 

Ask and Ye Shall Receive – How to request a Letter of Recommendation the Right Way

March 19, 2014 1 Comment

Ah internship season, perhaps not quite as popular as the Ohio University fest season, but much more important. With many internship and even scholarship applications comes the requirement for at least one letter of recommendation. Now I know how a daunting a task this can be. Who do I ask? Will they say no? How many letters can I ask for? These are all valid questions that will swarm into your mind once you start the process. However, I think I can provide some tips that will help simplify the process when asking for letters of recommendation.

  1. Know how many letters youll need ahead of time. It is very important that you give whoever is recommending you enough time to write the letter. I always recommend asking them at least two weeks before the application is due. If you send requests out this early, you won’t have to worry about getting your letters at the last minute and it makes the process less stressful.
  2. Make a list of professors and employers you have made a good impression on. It might be hard to determine who you feel comfortable asking for a letter of recommendation. Try thinking about which professors you’ve developed a good relationship with, past employers that have been supportive and even leaders in your clubs and organizations. Make a list of all these people and keep notes by their name detailing what field they specialize in, and use this list to keep track of how many times you’ve asked them for a letter of recommendation and how many times (if any) they’ve written one.
  3. Ask for more letters than you may need. If an application requires you to have two letters of recommendation, send out requests for three to four. That way, if one person says no, you still have the number that you need. This can save you a lot of time scrambling around at the last minute for an additional letter.
  4. Try to tailor your letters to the internship for which youre applying. When you send your email requesting a letter of recommendation, be sure to include information on the internship itself and some of it’s requirements, as well as your own resume. This gives the recommender the information they need to ensure your recommendation fits with the internship application. Some may even ask for specific accomplishments you may want them to highlight in their letter. Be ready to answer all these questions and include enough information so the writer can make you look as good as possible in their letter.
  5. ALWAYS say thank you!. I know this just sounds like common sense but I felt that it needed to be said. Writing a good letter of recommendation takes time and effort, and it deserves a sincere thank you email. I have been truly touched by some of the recommendation letters I have received and said so when I thanked the writers. Also keep in mind that a sincere showing of appreciation will go a long way when you ask them to write another letter in the future. Always leave people with a better impression of yourself each time you work with them.

Sarah Rachul is a sophomore studying Strategic Communications with specializations in Sports Management and Visual Communication. You can follow her on Twitter at @SarahMRachul.

The Internship Search: Simplified

December 20, 2013 1 Comment

As the seemingly never-ending torture of finals week comes to a close, students envision a relaxing break, cuddled up on the couch with their cats (or maybe that’s just me) and watching ABC Family’s Harry Potter weekend.

In reality, though, we know that’s not going to happen. Substitute “watching Harry Potter weekend” with “searching for internships” and that pretty much sums up the (sadly, truthful) epitome of winter break.

However, It is possible to make this process a bit easier, and knowing where to look is the first step in finding the ideal internship. While job opportunities and internship listings seem few and far between, there are hundreds of opportunities just a click away.

So, need help? Here are some of the best resources for finding your dream internship:

1. E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (http://scrippsjschool.org)Scripps

As most of you may (or may not) know, the Scripps’ homepage lists numerous internship and job opportunities. Because of our journalism school’s successful reputation, businesses want us. They want Scripps students to work for them, so what better to do than contact the school itself?

The site also stays current, deleting old internships and adding new ones as they become available. Follow Scripps on Twitter @scrippsjschool.

2. Ed 2010 (http://www.ed2010.com/jobs/whisperjobs)Ed

Offering a wide variety of communications internships, Ed 2010 is an organization designed to assist students in finding internships. Notorious for listing internship positions available in big companies, like Cosmopolitan and the Food Network, Ed 2010 is a great site for finding internships tailored directly to your skill set, as they list the job descriptions, responsibilities and requirements for interns.

In fact, I used Ed 2010 to find my internship at Avenue Magazine (http://www.avenuemagazine.com) last summer in Manhattan. Follow Ed2010 on Twitter @Ed2010News.

3. Intern Queen (http://www.internqueen.com/internships)Intern queen

Founded by a girl who’s had more internships than we could imagine (15, to be exact), Intern Queen is an excellent resource for finding work, from fashion to public relations to graphic design.

Signing up is free and makes applying for internships significantly easier and less stressful. Once you are signed up, you upload your resume and cover letter(s) and, from there, apply for jobs straight from the site. Follow Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen, on Twitter @InternQueen.

4. Media Bistro (http://www.mediabistro.com/PRMarketing-jobs.html)Media

Similar to Intern Queen, Media Bistro allows users to apply for jobs straight from the site. However, Media Bistro is organized by field of communication, allowing users to choose from jobs ranging from online/new media to entertainment to technical writing.

It has job and internship opportunities in almost every field of communication, making it an awesome resource for finding a job tailored to your talents. Follow Media Bistro on Twitter @Mediabistro.

So, take advantage of all of these resources. Opportunity is right around the corner. In fact, it’s standing right in front of you. You just have to take it.

-Allison Barwacz is a senior studying magazine journalism. Follow her on Twitter @abarwacz.

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