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  • Emily Fleitz 3:48 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , applying, , , , , , volunteering   

    Where are you volunteering this summer? 

    Spring Break is upon us, meaning its time to start planning for the summer.  Summers in college should be spent relaxing while simultaneously building your resume.  This could mean grabbing your dream internship at the Capitol leading tours, or it could mean traveling to an exotic location to gain some experiential learning.

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    • Francine Blume 5:36 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What will you be doing in Malaysia? And what exactly are you doing with Machik!? I know you love your internship and I’d love to hear what it is that you’re doing for them!

  • Emily Roseman 5:47 pm on November 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: applying, , , , location, , , searching, , tv,   

    Internship’s over….now what? 

    After applying to over 7 jobs now (a personal success after I promised myself I would take my thanksgiving break to apply hard!) I think there are a lot of things that students really do not know or understand when applying, that I have already encountered after countless applications on job sites.

    First I would say the biggest misconception or rather, confusion is pay. Students in their senior see free anything as the biggest gold mine in their life, and have been used to working for free for a while, so working for pay comes as a grand surprise once entering the work force full time. When clicking or agreeing to a pay rate with a company, students find themselves at odds most the time…what is a good pay grade? Am I selling myself short? What should an entry-level person such as myself be earning? These questions can seem really daunting especially since it is our first real job and money is certainly tight. Any money at all is a dramatic shift and changes the pizza delivery/Chinese take out lifestyle we live by.

    I’ve found by asking professors in my major,  the AU career center, as well as some friends and older alumni that are lucky enough to be working right now for some helpful advice with this important one. It’s good to get this out of the way, because applications will and are ready to ask how much you are worth to them! (A little scary right?)

    Second is the scary idea of location, location, location. Applications throw out that question, “Would you be willing to move or change locations for this job?” UMMM beg your pardon? Since when did this become a committed relationship? I thought we were testing the waters with this? Seriously considering how far you will go for a job is something that again can and will come up, if not in your application, then in your interview or with significant others and family! Solution: be very open to the idea of a wide variety of locales for your dream job, because your career may not just be where you went to college, it could be thousands of miles across the country in the opposite direction.

    Finally, pay attention to details when searching and scouring those job postings sites. Administrative assistant is probably the most vague title for a secretary known to man. Do not just apply blindly; go in with an open mind, but not with a rampant computer mouse. You might regret that decision a little later! Try to research the company you are applying for and learn a little more before the make that big investment and always email for ask for information to follow up on if there is a position you are truly passionate about. This could not only put you ahead of the pack, but will show you are a great candidate and eager for the job.

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    • Julia Beyer 10:34 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice! Tools like salary.com and glassdoor.com can also help answer some questions about salary. It is also good to know what your priorities are financially and geographically so that you can make an educated decision.

  • Cole Mellino 9:26 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: applying, , search process   

    Let’s start at the beginning… 

    I knew I wanted to work for a environmentally focused and progressive organization, so I did a lot of browsing the web for these types of organizations in DC. I used sites like idealist.org, which I highly recommend because you can really narrow your search and it has an extensive list of jobs and internships. I discovered the Center for American Progress’s internship program in late April and then I foolishly waited until the deadline in July to throw together my application in a day. I do not recommend doing this as it is stressful. Give yourself time and apply ahead of time. You’ll feel a lot better. How many times have you heard that line? But it’s true! I turned it in a few hours past midnight, which I’m sure does not look good and which just made me worried that I wouldn’t get the job. After a few weeks I got a phone call from the Center for American Progress saying they’d like to do a phone interview. I had my phone interview and I was nervous and I felt like I didn’t answer as well as I could have. But I think, in retrospect, I did just fine. So be confident because if you are like me, you tend to be too critical of yourself. After a few more weeks, I finally got the call that I was hired as an intern for the fall and I was ecstatic. So if I could offer advice for seeking and applying for internships, I’d say look hard for internships you’re really interested in. You’re going to have to go there for the entire semester. Let your passion drive your work and find something you’re truly interested in and not just something that looks good on a resume. Apply early, don’t wait until the last minute. And be confident in interviews and throughout the application process. Tell them why you are uniquely qualified for the position.

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    • Francine Blume 8:33 pm on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice advice, Cole! I think in school. We get so used to having to do things at the last minute that we sometimes feel the same way about job or internship applications. But by waiting to the last minute, you’re just increasing your own stress. In most of the time, you’re more likely to make silly mistakes that get your application thrown out in the first place.

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