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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!

Oct08

Success Story: Landing The Job

I’m sure all of you have goals of getting hired after completing an internship. For many students in such a competitive industry, it’s hard to do. But this passionate and hardworking graduate managed to go from a Style Guru intern to Social Media Director at CollegeFashionista. Meet Sammy Luterbach and find out how she did it.

 

Sammy1Tell us a bit about yourself.

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to move to New York City and work in fashion. To skip over a lot of blood, sweat and tears and make a long story short, I did just that. Along the way, I discovered my love for cats, leopard print, and legal pads.

How did you first land your internship with CollegeFashionista?

Before I started school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I made a day trip to the city with friends to try to find a job. A boutique I wanted to work at wasn’t hiring, but one of the employees there wrote for CollegeFashionista. She asked to take my friend’s photo for the site, and I was immediately intrigued. I asked her about CollegeFashionista and checked it out the second I was near a computer (pre-iPhone; yikes!).

After finding out this was an online internship I could be a part of, I emailed Amy Levin, founder of CollegeFashionista, directly asking how I could get involved. We set up a phone interview, and the rest is history. I became a Style Guru one month after the site was launched four years ago.

What attracted you to this company?

I love fashion, and I love writing, so the fact that CollegeFashionista combined both initially attracted me to the company. The longer I worked and the more CollegeFashionista expanded though, I loved that I didn’t have to be in New York City to feel connected to the industry. By interning for CollegeFashionista, I could be in college in the middle of Wisconsin, work from my apartment and be a part of a fashion movement with other people like me.

What skills did you learn during your internship?

I always like writing, but CollegeFashionista helped me explore more of a journalistic approach. Although I’m not a strong photographer, I definitely learned more about photography and became better throughout the years. Most importantly for me, I learned all about social media. I specifically remember the conversation years ago where Amy convinced me to sign up for Twitter! On top of that, I improved my leadership skills, developed more of a business mind and even did some event planning. Through everything I did with CollegeFashionista, I gained confidence and a voice.

How long did you intern with CollegeFashionista?

Almost four years! I began in September of 2009 as a Style Guru and worked continuously until I moved to New York and started working for the company this past July.

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What was the most valuable thing you took from your internship experience?

Be genuine. There are so many people who will be catty, competitive and show-offy to fight to the top, but that will only get them so far. Hard work and passion will get you to where you need to be. Also, never expect that you think you know it all. Before CollegeFashionista, I thought I wanted to be a designer! This internship helped me learn otherwise.

How did you turn your internship into a job?

Turning my internship into a job at CollegeFashionista wasn’t something I planned for, although I definitely dreamed about it! I was the first employee to be hired by the Levin family, so I didn’t have anyone to emulate. I just fully dedicated myself to CollegeFashionista and always asked for more work. I tried to go above and beyond what was asked of me. I became an important part of the team through my work and passion for the company.

What role do you have within the company now?

I am the Social Media Director and Editorial Assistant. I manage all of CollegeFashionista’s social media platforms, operate the newsletter, help with special features on the website and work with the Head Style Gurus to spread the word about CollegeFashionista on campuses all over. Plus, there are always extra projects that come up on a daily basis depending on what’s happening in the office and on the site!

Give us one word to describe your workplace environment.

Dynamic. Everyday is different in the office, but it’s always fast-paced and full of energy. We work extremely hard but also manage to find the time for candy breaks and fun music.

What advice do you have for other interns?

Be genuine, work really hard and always say yes – you’ll figure out how to get it all done.

Jun15

5 Tips to Be A Great Intern

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Now, you got an internship. You are excited to begin a new journey of your life. You are eager to enter the professional world and show your potential. With full energy, enthusiasm and ambition, you want to make the most of your internship and stand out from others. Well, here are some tips to help you become a great intern.

Be on time

Showing up on time is a way of demonstrating your professionalism at work. It directly affects what others think of you on your performance. If you happened to be late for once or twice, it might be ok. But if you form a habit of being late, people will remember it. I heard a true story from a friend of mine that’s a very hard-working person but is always late for work. She finally got fired because two times she arrived late and had missed two very important meetings. If you want to make a good impression to your company, arrive early, and don’t be the last person that everyone else has to be waiting for.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

An internship is a learning experience. As an intern, no one expects you to know everything. So don’t be afraid to ask a question if you don’t quite understand your assignment. People often feel embarrassed and pressured to ask questions, as they think it shows their inability. However, if you don’t ask and assume things should be done in certain ways, you might end up messing things up and wasting everyone’s time. Asking questions can show you are eager to learn and care about what you do.

Take initiative

You might find a time when you finish your tasks and have nothing to do in the office. Don’t sit still and wait, take the initiative to ask for more work and offer help to your fellow interns or any other employees in your company. If they don’t have anything for you to do at the time, they will remember you and will undoubtedly appreciate your efforts and proactive attitude.

Always take notes

Taking notes will help you organize your thoughts and remind you of all the tasks you need to do. Prepare a notebook and take it wherever you go. When you are assigned with multiple tasks, it is especially important to take notes so as to arrange your time more efficiently. It’s also good to have a to-do list to keep track on all your tasks, so that you will have a clear idea of what you have accomplished and what needs to done the next day.

Maintain a positive attitude

Maintaining a positive attitude at work is crucial. Being an intern, it’s often the case that you might have to do the tedious work, such as data entry, mailing or copy making, etc. Do not complain. Do the work well, no matter how small it is. Have a good attitude towards whatever task you are assigned to complete. If you make the best of the smaller tasks, larger more excite projects will follow.

Written by Cathy Qiu