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Oct08

How to Avoid Dishonest Job Listings

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Marketing and related fields have a weird tendency to attract misleading job listings, especially at the entry level. This phenomenon tends to be much more prevalent in marketing than other fields. For example, I don’t think paralegal applicants ever interview for a job that turns out to be selling knives door-to-door. Unfortunately, many companies have loose definitions of marketing, and their jobs end up being a waste of time. It is very important to be able to filter these positions out in order to find quality internship and career opportunities.

Here are some red flags to watch out for when job hunting:

1. The phrase “Brand Ambassador” is used

This was one of my first “marketing” jobs, and I got it the summer before my senior year of college. The main responsibility of a Brand Ambassador is to generate leads for the sales side of a company. My job entailed going to fairs and asking people for personal information so sales reps could cold-call them (under the guise of a contest). I don’t want to name names but this company was in the basement finishing industry and their mascot was a pink jungle cat. So after many hours of low pay and no professional development, I moved on. Brand Ambassador jobs are a fine way to make money over a summer or in between classes, but they offer almost no real worthwhile experience for a creative job seeker.

2. Company reviews are polarizing

There are some great resources out there to check if jobs are legitimate, and one of my favorites has to be job review websites. They are easily the best place to find out if the company you are applying to is worth your time. The companies that are scams will have both over-the-top positive reviews and very negative ones, with nothing in between. I found this example on glassdoor.com. All of the positive reviews are very generic and say the same things, implying that the same person wrote them. Any company that possibly hires review writers is not worth your time.

3. The pay includes commission

The nature of marketing is to compliment sales. Some companies ignore this fact and simply refer to entry-level sales jobs as marketing positions. Marketing professionals should never be paid in commission because they don’t sell a product, they sell a brand. In fact, if a job description even contains the word “sales,” it probably isn’t a marketing job.

4. The job listing is on a database

This is not a real red flag as much as it is a need for caution. There are a lot of great listings on sites like indeed, monster, and sometimes even craigslist. However, there are many more bad listings to sift through on these sites than directly on a companies website.

There is an exception to this rule: for a database that only has legitimate job listings click here.

Oct01

How to Prepare for Career Internships & Job Fair Season

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A new school year has arrived, fall is rapidly approaching and students across the country are getting ready to put on their best suits and fill the lines at internships and job fairs. For some students, they are readily prepared for these fairs and how to strategically tackle them. For others, this may be there first time and they may need a little help. Here are some great tips to use to tackle an internship and job fair…

Make a target list

A student who navigates a career fair well is a strategic student. Make a target list of the companies you are interested in. Your list should be separated into three parts based on the jobs and internships they are providing and your qualifications: your reach companies, your priority companies and your safety companies.

Your reach companies are those that you are highly interested in, but might not necessarily have a job offer for you or you don’t meet the qualifications. Your priority companies are the ones you are highly interested in and you meet the qualifications, and they are even looking to fill immediately. Your safety companies are those that slightly peaked your interest and you meet some of the qualifications.

Know your 30 second pitch

Giving a firm handshake and introducing yourself well is a way to leave a lasting impression. For the employer, the 30 second pitch, also known as the elevator pitch, is a way to see how well you can present yourself in a limited time and to see your level of professionalism. Your 30 second pitch should include who you are and what you can bring to the table. In an article on forbes.com, the contributor states that the employer “will have their antennas tuned to ‘what’s in it for me?'”

Research companies

You just dropped your 30 second pitch mentioning what you can bring to the table and the employer is impressed. The next thing they want to see is how well you know their company. This is a career fair and you will have some students going from table to table dropping their resumes off without any knowledge of the company. Set yourself apart and do the research. If this is a digital marketing position, know there latest digital campaigns, know who the department director is and what they’ve done for the company. The more you know, the better.

Know the floor plan

One of the worst things you can do at a career fair is waste your time looking for that particular booth. As a student, you are juggling your class schedule, extracurricular activities and maybe even your work-study job. You want to be able to put as much time in speaking with employers and not getting lost. Most college career fairs provide a floor plan online or at the door. Take a moment to highlight where the companies that you want to visit are located. Visit your priority companies first and then your reach companies. Save your safeties for last.

 

How are you preparing for the career internships and job fair season? Leave a comment below!

May13

4 Ways to Land a Social Media Internship

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The growth of social media has led to an increase in internships and opportunities. The rise of internships and opportunities also means an increase in competition. Stand out from the pack by adapting these 4 different ways to land a social media internship.

Use your social media accounts for professional good

According to CareerBuilder, 37% of companies search for potential job candidates on social media. With that said, use your social media accounts for professional good and successfully set up your digital footprint. Think about it, why would a company hire an individual to handle their social media platforms if they can’t handle their own? Companies are looking for individuals who are active on social media, transparent and yet professional.

Create a Portfolio

An online portfolio showcasing your work is a great way to set your self apart from others who are still depending on the traditional resume. Whether it’s your own dot com website or a video reel, you should have a shareable online portfolio that showcases your qualifications and experiences.

Superb writing skills

Knowing how to creatively weave a sentence together is a great skill to have when working in social media. Not only to mention, great grammar skills! A great social media intern knows how to get a message across in their writing and are also able to communicate well in short-form writing. Jonathan Sexton, CEO of socialgladiator.com says, “To me, someone with a good sense of wit and charm in their writing is appealing. Some of the best brands in social media have that combination and it’s attractive to users.”

Learn the responsibilities of a social media intern

Many neglect to understand that interning or working in social media is far more than updating your company’s Facebook status. It is also about math and understanding network analytics, data mining, research and content marketing. If you really want to stand out, learn how to use the Adobe Creative Suite. The programs included can help to enhance a company’s online community without outsourcing or hiring another individual.

 

Apr23

Career Spotlight: Darnisha Bishop

Darnisha Bishop Darnisha is a seasoned professional with over 4 years of public relations and social media experience. Starting her career in Public Relations for an entertainment company, Darnisha gradually transitioned into the digital realm, focusing more on social media strategies. As an Assistant Social Advertising Planner at Neo@Ogilvy in New York City, she creates and executes paid social media strategies to help clients generate leads, increase brand awareness and consumer engagement. We had the chance to ask Darnisha a few questions about her role at Neo@Ogilvy and her life as a PR and social media professional. Creative Interns: What is it like being a paid social advertising planner at a global agency? Darnisha Bishop: My day-to-day is very unpredictable and heavily depends on the different campaigns that are running. Some days, I am planning how to execute paid strategies on multiple social media platforms, and other days I am spending time contributing to thought leadership pieces that help to educate my client about the benefits of incorporating paid social media strategies into their overall social strategies. CI: What made you chose a career path in social media and digital communications? DB: Social media is something I naturally gravitated toward over the years, so I guess you could say social media chose me! Having started my career in PR, I understood the benefits of incorporating social media strategies into the overall brand strategy. As time went on, I became more and more knowledgeable of social media and stayed current on evolving trends. It’s such a fun industry to be a part of, and it is constantly surprising me! CI: For news and updates in social media, what are your go-to resources and websites? DB: My list is long (very long). My top three are:

CI: What advice would you give students looking to enter your field? DB:

  • Stay on top of what is happening in the industry. Social media is big, and constantly evolving. New trends, apps, strategies pop up almost every day and it’s important to fully understand what is going on.
  • Internships are a great way to get hands on experience. I recommend starting out as an intern at an agency that specializes in social media strategies (whether it’s paid or organic). You’ll have a great understanding of how everything works, and will have access to amazing resources that will help you to continue to learn and grow.
  • Don’t be afraid to get out there and introduce yourself to different industry professionals. Networking is key! It is a great way to learn more about opportunities in social media.

CI: How do you see the social and digital media landscape evolving over the next five years? DB: We’re already seeing a drastic shift from desktop to mobile usage. Users are taking to their smartphones and tablets to access and share information on social networks. The next step will be social networks paying more attention to the needs of their users, and making their experience a more personalized one. Facebook has already begun this with their updated algorithm, organically generating content that they know their users will find valuable based on previous behaviors. Other platforms, like Twitter, for example, are following their lead. It will be interesting to see how each of the platforms begins to evolve in this direction. To learn more about Darnisha’s career path, connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Nov05

Career Path Interview: Online Fashion Features Editor Julia Rubin

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Julia Rubin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and now works as the Associate Online Editor for Fashion Features at Teen Vogue. She gives insight into her internship experiences and shares some advice for students hoping to break into the ever-growing fashion industry.

During college, where did you gain internship experience?

I interned every summer in college. I interned at Yves Saint Laurent in New York for my first two summers and I was in the creative services/visual merchandising department. We were responsible for anything visual that was not designing the clothes, so that was the window displays, general store curation, what events looked like, and it was great. I loved it, but I knew I wanted to try something else. So that third summer, I spent half the week interning at Chanel in the communications department and the other half in sales and marketing at Phaidon, which is a publisher, and they have lots of really cool art and fashion and food books. I did those internships when I was in school and was always in New York, but knew that none of them were totally the right fit. During the school year, I worked for the arts and culture magazine at school, kind of like The Village Voice for Penn. So I worked there since the first day of school and rose through the ranks and eventually was the Editor-In-Chief. In my junior year I started up the campus blog. It was great. It was the point when I realized I loved writing, loved editing, and loved the Internet. Even though I interned in fashion, I was much more interested in media, and because of my background in fashion, it was easy to put the two together and start off as a fashion writer and editor.

What was the most important thing you learned from interning?

I just really loved that as an intern, you’re an observer. I’ve always been really interested in seeing how groups of people work, what structures are like, how everything works, and all the nitty gritty stuff. In terms of general skills, just seeing that the people who were the happiest were the people who were really really into what they did. That’s how my team was at YSL for example. They were all so obsessed with all the visual stuff; they lived it and breathed it. So I wanted to find something that I felt that way about because that’s why they were so good at their jobs. That’s ultimately what led me to realizing that my passion was writing and editing.

What was the most challenging part along the way during the job hunt when you were fresh out of school?

For me, the hardest thing was coming to terms with the fact that I wanted to be a writer and editor. This is a pretty difficult industry and it can be a trying thing on a personal level. So just deciding that I was going to do it and diving in head first, was definitely the scariest.

How did you land a job at Teen Vogue?

My first job out of school was with a fashion news site called Styleite. I was there for two years and I started out as an intern and was promoted a few different times. By the time I left, I was the managing editor of the site. In my first year at Styleite, I received an email from a web editor at Teen Vogue. It was really the coolest email I’ve ever gotten. She told me that she read my stuff on Styleite and she really liked my article on Karlie Kloss. We ended up keeping in touch, helping each other out and having a professional email relationship. A year later, I got an email from her saying that there was a position opening on the web team that she thought I’d be perfect for and her boss would be reaching out. And she did. The rest is history.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

July was a very exciting month for me because a bunch of crazy things all happened at once. This was all within a matter of weeks, which was insane. I went to Berlin for a Selena Gomez event, which was really cool because I had never travelled anywhere, much less internationally, for work. That was super cool. Then I came back and found out that a feature story I had written for the magazine was green lit for an upcoming issue so I was hurrying to get that all together. It was super exciting because this was the first print story I had in the magazine and it was about teenage heroin use, which is a really crazy and important topic to cover right now. So I had to put the finishing touches on that. Also, Teen Vogue launched its video channel and I was able to be in one of the videos.  I don’t think I’m particularly good on camera but I was very flattered and really excited with how it all turned out. So it was cool to be able to do so many different things and it was very much a realization of how multi-faceted it is being at a magazine. Even though I’m on digital, I write lots of stories for the website but am still able to write for the magazine and work with video, so it was very cool to see all that come together and be a part of it.

What advice do you have for students hoping to get into this industry?

What I did was reach out to people I had some sort of connection to and really respected. The connection can be small. Reach out to people who are not total strangers and keep up with those people. Figuring out what you even like is also really important and just looking around. I found my first job from a tweet. A friend of the woman who became my boss told me to get in touch with her. It’s all just weird things like that. Always be open. Also don’t feel like you have to say yes. If you get a job opportunity that comes your way and you know that you’re not going to be happy there, don’t take it. If you genuinely think this is not something you want to do and you just want to say yes to end the job search, that’s not great. Wait until something comes along that could be an opportunity for you and a good launching point. Even if it ends up being something you don’t like, that’s okay too. Don’t be afraid to change direction. That’s okay. Get out as soon as you can. Life is too short.

Where do you see yourself in the next few years?

I think that what I’ll ultimately do, or continue to do, probably doesn’t exist right now. When I started college, the job that I had by the time I graduated did not exist. It just didn’t. When I graduated high school in 2006, the idea that you could be a paid writer and editor on the Internet, writing about fashion, going to all the same events that the print editors were going to, it was just unheard of. Those jobs just did not exist and if they did, they were very few and far between. My job at Teen Vogue didn’t exist until I started there. So I kind of have to imagine that what I do next doesn’t exist yet. The media industry is something that is just rapidly changing and the digital world really is expanding. I tell anyone who is looking to be a journalist now that there actually are more opportunities because magazine website staff keep growing and web-only places have fully fleshed-out mastheads now, which is great. I find it really encouraging.

Sep03

Career Path to Becoming a Freelance Graphic Designer: Interview with David Jacob Duke

David DukeInterviewee Name: David Jacob Duke

Job Title: Freelance Graphic/Web Designer & Illustrator

Company URL: http://www.davidjacobduke.com

David Jacob Duke is from Windsor, Ontario and attended the Windsor Centre for the Creative Arts (WCCA) during his secondary schooling. The program had just begun and only accepted students who showed a propensity for artistic endeavours and offered an enriched course in Visual and Performance Arts.  There David studied traditional painting, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, fashion illustration, musical theatre, drama and video.

At the early age of 17, David first showed his ambitious entrepreneurial nature when he opened his first business, a comic book store. While not yet old enough to own a store outright, it was in his father’s name yet with a Power of Attorney, which granted him full control. It was a short lived venture as David had decided to study Traditional Animation at Sheridan College. At that time the school was world renown and had the reputation of ‘producing the best animators in the field’. During the second year Duke left the program due to external issues which needed his attention.

In the year 2000, David was residing in Toronto, Ontario. He had purchased his first computer and found himself intrigued by the creation of webpages. He began learning HTML and Web Design through viewing source files online, and dissecting them in notepad. He began to experiment with hand coding and began learning these new languages or ‘code’. His intention at the time was to be able to showcase his artwork on the internet and be able to reach a worldwide audience. David’s ever-growing skill in web design got noticed fast and lead to his building sites for others, and eventually evolved to working with and for companies.

David’s capacity for web design grew and became more diverse in order to meet the ever-changing needs and specifications of the clientele. As David refined his skills he found that he was also beginning to be approached for work with print media. Over the next few years, David completed numerous projects for several companies while working freelance, and in some cases directly employed on contract. His passion for Illustration however, still continued and has resulted in many of David’s works being published as covers and interior artwork.

In 2009, Canada was in the midst of a full scale recession. Duke decided to return to school to formally study Graphic Design at St. Clair College. There he excelled, achieving a 4.0 Grade Point Average and receiving several scholarships and awards.

Recently graduated, Duke maintains a steady flow of freelance work in graphic, web design and illustration. He prides himself on his ability to be versatile and able to achieve any style necessary.

Tell us about an internship or volunteer experience you completed that was related to your field during or after college?

I have only had the one internship, and that was mandatory for completion of my Graphic Design degree. The internship was at HCA| Mindbox, an advertising agency. I was accepted there due to my experience. They wanted someone that would not have to be guided every step of the way. An internship is meant to place you in a real world experience in your chosen field. There you should learn if you have what it takes to excel and be successful within the industry. Due to my previous years of experience working in the industry, I did not learn the fundamentals I could have from an internship, but I did learn many important skills. I studied and observed the daily operations of the agency as a whole, and began to understand the operations in the context of a network. This gave me an unique opportunity to experience and comprehend what it takes for an advertising agency to succeed.

What advanced education, online training or development programs would you recommend for people interested in becoming a Graphic Designer?

I do not know what the courses are like all over the world, but I would strongly suggest that anyone interested in Graphic Design study as much multi-media as you can. Many Graphic Design programs, I feel do not focus enough on this based on what is required or asked of for an entry level position in Graphic Design. I believe that there is too much focus on print at this point. While I would not want to take away the print experience of learning to work in print, there needs to be more balanced training to reflect the needs of the industry.

Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently while in undergraduate studies?

I can only state that one possibility would have been to study Graphic Design earlier in life, but in doing so I may have ended on a completely different path by now.

What specifically motivated you to go this direction in your career?

Serendipitous events that fell in place like dominos led me down the road that I travel now. I started off as a traditional animator, which led to coding and designing websites to showcase my illustration work, which led to graphic design which is where I am at this point: designing, coding, illustrating, animating and eventually in a few years I want to start educating.

What type of activities, appointments and meetings do you have during a typical week? 

Typically, I have a few meetings a month with clients. Usually this consists of an information session to lay out what is needed, or brainstorm possible solutions. Mostly though, with long term clients a phone call, or even just conversing through email is enough to sort through things and start working.

In addition to your full-time career, do you freelance, consult or have your own business?

If yes, please share any information you’d like readers to know.  Currently right now I’ve moved into just freelancing. Most companies now only hire on contract, and I myself would rather work remotely and be able to pick and chose the work I want to do. Full time freelance is not for the feint of heart. You must be extremely well organized and diligent with your own work schedule. I actually love to work and feel a great sense of accomplishment by doing work, so my days are generally longer than most. When there is downtime, and either no work or not very much work, spend that time investing in yourself. Learn new things and skills, make personal projects that you can pick up wherever you leave off, and spend time networking and promoting.

Tell us about an unpleasant work experience that resulted in an invaluable career lesson?

Do not be afraid to fire a bad client. We have all had them, and if not then one will eventually cross your path. Bad clients take up a lot of time and energy that you could be using to move forward. They can be unethical, unprofessional, unwilling to pay on time (or at all), or just very unpleasant to work with. Fire them and move on.

What tips can you offer a recent graduate that is preparing to interview for an entry-level position within your industry?

When I have entered interviews for entry-level positions I have always found that it is best to treat the people or person that is interviewing you like old friends that you have not seen in years. Tell them what you have been up to relative to what it is they are hiring you for. Do not be afraid to laugh or show your true self, as not only are they will be looking to see if you have the skills they need, but also that you will be well suited to work with the company. After everyone is comfortable, make sure to ask questions to see if what they are doing and what they want you to do suits your expectations. An interview is not only about them, it is about if you want the job and it is right for you.

What piece of advice do you wish you followed earlier in your career?

Do it for yourself. A large chunk of my life was spent trying make sure that everyone else was okay before myself.  It was a long hard lesson to learn in life.

If you were hiring someone for your position, what five skills would you require in all applicants?

  1. Taking initiative, I would not want anyone that needs to be babysat every step of the way.
  2. Laid back and easygoing.  Being comfortable with yourself and able to separate your work from yourself.
  3. Versatile, the ability to not only shift gears among the many hats you need to wear but also the ability to emulate a variety of styles whenever called upon.
  4. Strong skills in graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Suite.
  5. A thirst to continue to expand and learn.

Who has inspired you as a mentor during your career and what was the most valuable lesson you learned from them?

A mentor, you mean like Yoda?  I have to say, I never have had a mentor. I’ve always been of the mind-set to just get out there and do it. Take charge of your own future and teach yourself.

If you had an opportunity to broadcast a special “thank you” to anyone via this interview, who would it be and what would you like us to say?

I like to express a big shout out to all the bad clients I have had over the years to prepare me for the stage I am at now.

What online resource do you read on a regular basis to get industry news and knowledge?

Truthfully, when I have the time I simply just log into LinkedIn and scan through articles that I have tailored to my interests. When a particular article strikes me I branch off by “googling” points of interest that lead me to further information on the subject.

What design books would you recommend for upcoming designers?

A book that I read recently while on a trip to Ottawa for the Van Gogh exhibit was “Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!) by America’s Master Communicator George Lois”.  The book is written with 120 in-your-face examples to uncover your creative potential.

What industry trend has recently peaked your personal interests and why?

One trend that I see is beginning to grab hold is the use of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) for graphics.  I’ve been very keen on starting to learn and implement this in my own work and can envision doing so more when designing graphics or illustrations in the future. With the evolution of responsive design, SVG is a valuable solution as a file can be used at any scale and resolution. SVG retains crisp clear graphics at any size.

 

Jun25

The Social Media Job Search

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Photo by Jason A. Howie

We live in a world where you can find everything online—directions, old friends, the latest trends, you name it. So why not use it to find a job?

Social media platforms are perfect for it. Networking with industry professionals, showcasing your skills, and giving a taste of your personality, all in one place. Here are a few tips to make the most of your online experience when you’re on the job hunt.

  • Go beyond just looking on generic job postings sites. Yes, they are a good starting point, but there is so much more out there. Get exploring!
  • Be active. The more you engage online, the better you’ll get and the easier it will become. One of the keys to mastering social media is consistency. Building up your online presence takes time, but it’s well worth it.
  • Participate in Twitter chats. Twitter is one of the quickest and easiest ways to directly get in touch with some of the biggest names in whatever industry you’re hoping to get into. You’re able to start up conversations with people all over the globe and you never know where you could end up with a simple tweet. On top of all that, be sure to follow hashtags that relate to your field and keep your eye out for opportunities.
  • Join groups on LinkedIn to connect with people in different industries and have an idea of some of the companies you want to work for. Everyone is getting on LinkedIn (if you haven’t, do it now). Put some time into making your profile the best it can be. First impressions are everything and you want to grab a potential employer’s attention. Recruiters are always using sites like LinkedIn to find what they’re looking for.
  • Clean up your Facebook profiles. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised at what can be found sometimes. You’ll be glad you did it.

Social media is all about communication, so use it wisely and take advantage of all the tools you have access to. You never know who might stumble upon your profile and think you’re the perfect fit for a job. It’s worth a shot!

Jun06

Tips For Developing Talent

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As an employer you want to have quality employees in your company and finding the most qualified person from among a pool of job applicants is not always easy. You should consider hiring an intern – this is a great way to bring in fresh talent that can be molded into a great employee. Here are some tips for developing intern talent:

Find out what motivates your intern?

This will give you ideas of ways you can bring out the best in them. For example, if you learn that your intern is motivated by music allow them to listen while they work.

What are your intern’s goals?

What can you do to help them achieve these goals? Knowing what it is that your intern plans to do in the future is a good way to figure out how they will best be put to use working for you. Maybe you can find a way to combine their goals with the job to make it work to the advantage for you both.

Encourage creativity.

Be open to new ideas that your intern may have. Allow them some freedom to explore new ways of doing the job as long as the end result is the same. This gives the intern the opportunity to use what they know or have learned in school.

Build on skills the intern already has.

Allow your intern to shadow you during meetings so they can see how you perform. This gives them an idea of how they should model themselves. Give detailed instructions on how to do things. This will help eliminate mistakes and give the intern a sense of good guidance.

Measure improvement.

Show your intern how far they have come since they first started. Seeing results gives a sense of accomplishment. If the intern feels like they are doing things right, they will be happy continue to do better. A happy intern will produce good work for you.

Communicate openly with your intern.

Offer them constructive criticism – this will  only help them become better. Give feedback on the work they have completed. If there are areas that need improvement, let them know. The better the work is done, the more your company will benefit.

Having quality employees working for your company is a competitive advantage. Although these employees may not come in at full potential, you can create an environment that helps to develop talent and produce the best results for your business.

Written by Monique Skinner

May30

Intern Spotlight: Jamilla Pipersburg

 

Interviewee Name: Jamilla “JM” Pipersburg, International Marketing BBA Class of 2014

Position Title: President, Ad Club

Company Name: Pace University

Location: New York, NY

Tell us a little about yourself…

I am originally form Chetumal, Mexico. I currently attend Pace University where I am studying Marketing with a concentration in International Marketing and a minor in Economics. Besides from the serious stuff, I love going to the beach and practicing yoga.

How are you developing your leadership skills while still in school?

I currently am the President of my schools Advertising Club. In this position I gain leadership experience because I am constantly required to interact with please in the industry, but also our club membership which is roughly 280+ people.

Tell us the steps you taking to land internships or entry-level positions?

To land an internship or entry level position I am developing a personal brand. I have my own website, I am connected through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, CreativeInterns.com and other social media sites. I also try to attend local events or conferences when I can. Networking and being able to introduce yourself is the most important skill to have when starting out.

How did you hear about CreativeInterns.com

I heard of CreativeInterns.com through Dr. Larry Chiagouris. Add him on Twitter or LinkedIn, he has great advice for young people starting their careers.

What is the most important lessons you’ve learned about the work world thus far?

I have learned to Be Open. You never know who you will meet or how a small opportunity can lead to a bigger one. Also, never take things too personal, in the real world people have many things on their minds not just you and your needs.

What skills did you learn or improve while acting as the President of the Ad Club?

I am learning to speak to a mass of people and be comfortable. I also learned how to manage situations and making them work. Not everything happens as planned, but having a back up plan or strategy goes a long way.

What advice would you give to someone just starting to look for an internship or entry-level job?

Start working on your personal brand. It will take time, but it will definitely pay off.

What do you do to fill the inspiration gas tank?

My family and friends of course, but I also love art and design. I use those things to let my mind wonder and also relax. My best ideas come when I’m relaxed.

What’s next for you?

I took a proactive approach by directly contacting a company I wanted to intern with. They responded and I am scheduled for an interview within the next week. Hopefully I will be working there soon.