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  • Zach C. Cohen 9:00 am on June 21, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: branding, duties, , , resumes, selling yourself, titles   

    Titles don’t matter 

    Titles, both lofty and lowly, on a résumé really don’t make much of a difference.

    Yes, more grandiose titles are a great ego boost (the same applies to the name of the organization attached to that title).

    But your actual experience means much, much more than that. No use being a “fellow” if you’re only getting coffee. And “interns” do plenty more than that.

    Case in point: I’m basically an assistant producer at PBS MediaShift‘s Mediatwits podcast, and I haven’t graduated from college yet. On a weekly basis, I:

    • Pitch ideas for the weekly rundown,
    • Write more promotions for Twitter, Facebook and Google+ than I care to count,
    • Facilitate conversation between panelists live during the podcast behind the scenes by pitching new angles and counterpoints,
    • Compile research (relevant stories, primary source material, etc.) on the topics for the audience and for the panel,
    • Moniter and curate audience engagement before and during the podcast,
    • Produce the podcast’s presence on the MediaShift website, Google+, YouTube and Soundcloud

    For each one of these episodes, the only duties I don’t have are approving the final rundown, moderating conversation on air, and recruiting guests, all of which are Mark Glaser‘s domain, though the latter is in the realm of possibility as a future responsibility.

    All of those bulleted obligations will be listed on my résumé, but they won’t be joined with the illustrious title of “assistant producer.” I’m a podcasting intern, and there’s no use in lying about that. (Not to mention, Mark would be pretty confused if he got a call from HR somewhere looking to hire me and suddenly found out he had an assistant producer. Blindsiding a former boss like that is not a great idea).

    In some ways, that’s disappointing. Who doesn’t like a nifty new title on their résumé?

    But future employers value the experience if the responsibilities are clearly laid out. Titles can be misleading, and employers know that. They hire people and skills, not titles, histories or biographies.

    Using all the same tricks of writing a good résumé apply in making sure you, not your title, stand out. Using strong verbs and precisely laying out both responsibilities and results are crucial to conveying any applicant’s indispensability.

    Show, don’t tell, your expertise, and an internship can be  the reason for your next promotion.

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  • Emily 10:46 pm on April 26, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: ask for help, , grad school, , resumes,   

    Things You Didn’t Know Your Supervisor Might Do For You! 

    This being my first internship, I really didn’t know what to expect from my supervisor.  I’m sure everyone’s experience is different, but here is a list of things I was surprised (and thankful!) that my supervisor did for me.  All I had to do was ask!

    1. Help you plan your next step.

    My supervisor was very interested in what I was doing next.  She let me bounce ideas off of her and gave me some good leads to get to where I want to be in a couple months and even a couple years.

    2. Help you plan your further education.

    I could always pick my supervisor’s brain about grad school, which helped me look at it with a more practical, work-related eye.

    3. Review your resume.

    Newsflash, thinking of applying for a job in the industry your internship is in?  Who better to help you perfect your resume than someone who is already there?  Especially when it comes to Federal resumes, they could be looking for something you didn’t even think about including.  My supervisor sat down with me one day and helped me tear apart and rebuild my resume so that it is much better prepared to handle the government screening process.

    The biggest thing to remember is not to be afraid to ask.  I think a lot of supervisors don’t just want the free labor.  They are genuinely interested in their interns.  Just make sure to show them that you are interested too!

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    • Julia Beyer 5:52 pm on May 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great post! I completely agree that you have to make the most of your connections.

  • ay5895a 4:03 pm on April 7, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , corporate, , , resumes   

    More RFIs and a Resume Workshop! 

    Last week my supervisor and I worked closely together to finalize our most recent RFI (Request for Information).  Wednesday was a busy day as we were constantly receiving new edits from everyone involved, and it was my role to assist my supervisor in implementing the edits correctly and consistently so that we met our deadline.  This RFI was a bit more challenging than the last one since it included 5 separate responses for each digital product.  This week we will most likely be finalizing another RFI that focuses more on professional development and leadership.

    I also had a few informational meetings.  I spoke to the Director of Corporate Relations and the VP of Corporate Communications who both provided me different insights into their roles in Corporate Communications.   I also met with two employees from Discovery Creative, an in-house creative agency that supports all other departments in producing ads, banners and other creative products.

    One of the most informative parts of my week was attending the resume workshop held by the Campus Connect team, where we met with several human resources recruiters who spoke to us about the do’s and don’ts of interviews and resumes and then met with each of us individually to perfect our resumes.

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    • miranda78 5:31 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would love to hear what new advice on resumes they imparted to you. That’s great you have access to such skill-building workshops and events. Your internship has a lot of perks and it also seems to provide you with a lot of practical experience in the field as well.

      • ay5895a 3:16 pm on April 14, 2011 Permalink

        Hi Miranda,

        Yes, it certainly does offer a lot of great advice! I would recommend that any student looking for a job attend a resume workshop. Even if you have already prepared a great resume, they can offer lots of extra tidbits and advice for interviews!

  • Sian McGee 12:21 am on February 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , NGOs, recruitment, resumes, ,   

    NGO recruitment tips from the inside 

    Intern recruitment in DC is a booming market – demand is high and supply probably slightly higher, which makes for great competition! From my own observations and what locals tell me, there are plenty of jobs to go around and the diversity of job types is limitless, though getting your dream internship may take a couple of attempts. This week during my internship at Human Rights First I assisted HR in the assessment of intern applications for our numerous programs (which are still open – you can read more and apply here!)  and as the application deadline for many DC summer internships draws near I thought I’d share a few insider tips on how to get ahead in the market. (More …)

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