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  • jv9968a 3:50 pm on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    What To Wear When They Don’t Care 

    I started my internship at Riot Act Comedy Theater in late August, and on my first day there, I dressed up. No one had mentioned any dress code, but seeing as this was a professional establishment, I assumed business attire was appropriate

    When I arrived, my boss greeted me in shorts and sandals. As it turns out, during the day, the Comedy Club is fairly casual. They want to be approachable, cool. Riot Act opened in mid-August, they were the new kids on the block. Of course my boss would suit up for meetings and every night for the shows/events, but during the day he was able to take it easy.

    I casually asked what was appropriate for an intern to wear, he replied “Whatever I want.” Suddenly the freedom of my clothing became overwhelming. Do I dress down? Do I wear flip flops? What do my clothes say about my respect for my internship?

    I decided to take this freedom and use it to my advantage. I decided to always dress to impress, but since I did have this ‘wear whatever I want’ allowance, I was going to be creative. I wanted to show Riot Act I took my position seriously, while also expressing my creativity. Since I was held down by the term ‘business casual’ I started arriving at my internship in a bright red dresses, or patterned tights, chunky jewelry, or yellow high heels. To me, my outfits say I’m composed but expressive; I know how to do a lot with a little; and I have confidence in myself.

    Obviously, not all internships are this flexible, but the point is – know how the clothing you wear to an internship reflects upon you. If there is a serious dress code, follow it; if there is some flexibility, use that to express your individuality. It can give you an edge and it can make it memorable. It doesn’t take a lot, accessories are small and can make a huge statement.

    Dress to Impress. It’s fun, it’s free, and you will look fantastic.

    • Francine Blume 6:39 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is great! You should post a photo of you all dressed up at your internship site! The kind of contrasts nicely with the other blog post encouraging folks to wear whatever they want to the interview so that they can be themselves. I don’t really endorse dressing creatively at interviews because that usually makes people not take you seriously. But how great that you found an internship where you can dress creatively!

  • Natasha Bavolar 2:40 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink
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    Personality: What to Do When You Have A lot of it 

    Being a loquacious person in the working world can be a difficult struggle. Trying to balance witty banter and constructive discussion of your current work projects can be a tricky one. But, who says you have to choose one or the other? So many interviewees have extremely similar resumes filled with student positions, great internships or just overall good experiences they feel have provided them with superior skills for the job. However, if everyone has the same basics, what will make you stand out? You.

    Don’t read those articles that tell you to dim down your nail polish, don’t listen to those people who say to wear neutral and conservative colors, and definitely do NOT listen to anyone who tells you to not be yourself in an interview or job setting, to a certain extent. These are the little pieces that will allow YOU to stay fresh in the employers mind and friendly with coworkers around the office. They are looking for that special spark; this can come in the way you speak passionately about your goals or interests, in your desire to improve an aspect of an organization, approach or process, or just having a creative idea you want to explore.

    However, this isn’t to say you should get carried away.
    1. Make sure you are listening to what the interviewer is saying and asking; stay on topic, be alert and to the point when it is your turn to respond.
    2. Always be respectful, from your outfit choice to your demeanor to your language choice.
    3. Ask questions. Go into any meeting, interview or conference with questions to ask and write down more as you think of them! This will show your enthusiasm and desire to be more engaged and knowledgable.

    9 times out of 10 that will land YOU the position and not someone else who’s GPA may have been slightly higher than yours. People want to work with other people; someone who can help push the company further in a new direction or can be that positive energy in the office they have been needing. Let yourself shine with that shattered nail polish you did at 2AM while you were procrastinating, wear that funky patterned tie with your favorite suit combination because that describes you, and definitely do not be afraid to share with your potential employer what makes you special and unique.

    • Francine Blume 9:19 pm on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are absolutely right about listening!

      You are absolutely right about asking questions!

      You are absolutely right that employers are looking more at who can push the company along and contribute rather than just what your GPA was!

      I love the attitude and the spirit of the advice about what to wear, but I have to disagree with you when it comes to going all out. It really is important to be YOU, so maybe the question is not what to wear at your interview as much as doing your research to find a place where, if you really want, you can wear a funky tie and shattered nail polish because everyone else there does, too!

      But sometimes, you just need a job. I’d say be yourself, but at least consider it as a living anthropological experiment. Dress like your subjects in order to blend in, so that you don’t make them uncomfortable. Find out who they are and what they’re about. Then, if action research allows, choose what part of your funky self you’re going to share with everyone else and when you’re going to share it. But honestly, if folks perceive that you’re going to an interview dressed in a disrespectful manner, they’re not getting care who you are or what you have offer. You said that yourself and number two!

  • Linda Benesch 10:40 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: goal, , personality, , self starter   

    Becoming Proactive 

    Besides being a skin care product, proactivity is a personality trait that employers strongly value. In a lot of internship qualification lists, organizations request a “proactive individual” or a “self-starter.” Essentially, they want someone who does things on their own with minimal supervision. Some people are naturally proactive, but I have noticed that I have generally tended to be the kind of person who prefers to be given a specific, fairly well defined task to complete. Therefore, one of my goals for this internship and this semester overall is to become a more proactive person.
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    • miranda78 6:50 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yay for pro-activity. I think it is great that you are identifying and working to achieve concrete goals. This is definitely a great way to get more out of your interest. In the end I think that besides taking away a great, polished skill set, you will also have achieved personal growth that will transcend into other areas of your life!

    • Francine Blume 8:14 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Being proactive really is a learned habit and good for you to focus on that! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

    • Emily Fleitz 9:30 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Signing up to be an intern blogger is a very proactive thing to do! I would guess that you’re on the right track… I have no real advice for you though.

      I don’t work for the career center so this all new to me, too. And any day at my internship when I get food is a good day! 🙂

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