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  • Eleanor 4:32 pm on March 25, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , job applications, resume,   

    I’m the One Who Reads Your Resume 

    Last week and today, I spent a good portion of my days going through job applications. Yup. When I saw them on my desk in the morning, I thought it was a mistake. I ended up going through all 34 to find education, last three jobs, and experience related to the position. By no means did I read the applications thoroughly, nor will I be asked for my opinion. I was just making a spreadsheet with that info for my boss to look at. But wow, I learned a lot about job apps.

    1. You can get jobs without a masters (OR EVEN A DEGREE), and lit and history majors get jobs too. Woah. Mind blown.
    2. Don’t put on irrelevant/outdated stuff. One or the other, but not both. If you were an intern in 1985, it might be time to take that off your resume.
    3. Consider the job posting. I know my office put a lot of thought into what they were looking for (someone with experience on the hill was a must) and someone with experience in museums and libraries was a plus. Some people applied with neither. It didn’t make sense to me. If you don’t fit into any of the categories besides wanting the job, you may not be qualified.
    4. Don’t underestimate your power. Here i was, thinking i was a lowly intern, when in fact it’s my reading of these applications that the boss is going to read. I’m moving up in the world.

    All the reading of people’s email addresses reminded me a lot of Harvard Sailing Team Mailing list video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AXtOnR5dnE), because some of the applications had ridiculous email addresses, like @starpower.net. Honestly, that was the only really weird one, but still. Weird.


  • Quinn Smeaton 4:46 am on August 4, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , cover letter, , FPA U, , , resume,   

    Resume and Cover Letter Advice 

    Since FPA U is a career development seminar program, I’ve researched a variety of job resources and tips throughout the summer. In addition to my research, I’ve also learned more by attending some of the FPA U seminars as well as assisting with the search for a new FPA U intern. Despite the fact that I have mostly focused on advice for people interested in pursuing careers in international affairs, I’ve learned some important tips that can apply to any job search.

    For those who are currently applying for fall internships (or even jobs), below are some useful tips for preparing cover letters and resumes: (More …)

  • Jett Choquette 2:31 am on April 14, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , apply, , learned, , resume   

    Six Tips 

    I would like to take this moment to offer some of the things I’ve learned in my experience with internships that might be helpful to those beginning their internship search or choosing between internships.

    1. Interviews are not just a chance to prove you’re worth hiring.

    • While interviews are a time that you want to prove to you future boss that you are right for the job, they are also a chance to see if the internship is right for you. Makes sure you ask questions about the work you will be doing, the expectations you will be held to, and the environment in which you will work (What responsibilities will you have? Will there be other interns? How many? Will you be in a cubical by yourself or in an office with a staff member? Etc.)

    2. Even if it’s easy or you don’t have enough work push yourself to do you best.

    • A lot of times working hard and asking questions can make you stand out. Don’t waste time just because you know your boss is out of projects for you to do. Complete all your projects in timely way and to the best of your ability. Find ways to ask you boss (or bosses) for more work and if they have nothing for you ask what you can do or things you can read that will expand your understanding of what the organization is and the work it does.

    3. Get to know the people for whom you work.

    • Everyone says interning is a great networking opportunity; it’s true! Expect when it’s inappropriate always say hi when you come into the office and bye when you  leave. Ask the people you intern for how they are doing, how they got to their positions, or any other small talk you can to start building a relationship.

    4. Internships can give you great connections, not just a resume line.

    • Once you build relationships with the people you are working for they will know you better. This will help them find projects for you and give them a reason to recommend you to someone else.

    5. Some internships just aren’t worth it.

    • Often organizations that have interns do so for a reason. Do your best to tackle the project you are given; find ways to gain the trust required to take on projects that really help out the organization. If you realize that you are not valued and therefore can’t really contribute; it might we wise to consider quitting. I know that sounds harsh, but there’s about a hundred more valuable things you can do than  sit at an internship staring into space. The only exception might be if the organization is a big name and even if you don’t gain any experience you will win by having the name on your resume.

    6. Go into an internship with the mission to help.

    • Internships are a chance for you to help out an organization. It’s not just about you gaining a resume line; you can also really make a difference. Do your best to tackle challenges and move the organization forward. Remember, just because  your there a short time doesn’t mean you can make a lasting difference.


    *Stay tuned for a blog this weekend on what I’ve been up to at holaciudad.com.


    • miranda78 5:46 pm on April 18, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great advice and tips on what to look out for from internships.

  • Danielle Wilsey 3:43 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , listserve, resume, ,   

    Transitioning into a New Semester… Again 

    Even though it is still technically March, the application/interview/resume sending process is in full swing for summer internships and jobs. Currently finishing up my first year in SPA graduate school, I am no stranger to the list-serve emails, notifications and ongoing networking opportunities. What really (pleasantly) surprised me today was receiving the summer internship posting for my company through the American list-serve. What surprised me even more, however, was the fact that 6 out of 7 summer internship positions were already filled! (More …)

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