Monthly Archives: April 2015

Should I Do an Internship after College?

Everyone knows that internships are extremely important for college students looking to kick-start their post-graduation career. However, for those who have already graduated, the question of whether to take an internship is less clear. If you’re trying to figure out whether an internship fits your post-college plans, ask yourself the following questions:

Are you getting any traction in your job search?

If you’ve been searching and searching for work and turning up nothing, an internship may be your best bet. Internship experience beats having a gap on your resume, so it might be in your best interest to work as an intern rather than holding out for a more standard position.

Do you have the experience you need?

If you were unsuccessful finding an internship during your college years, you may not have enough real-world experience to compete effectively for positions in your field. Spending a few months interning after finishing your degree might make you much more likely to be successful looking for work down the road.

Are you changing careers?

Even if you already have years of experience in one field, you may need to start out as an intern if you want to move into a field that’s completely different. Interning also gives you the chance to explore your options a bit before jumping into a long-term commitment.

Do you need new contacts?

One of the biggest benefits to any internship is the chance to broaden your network. In an industry that’s difficult to break into, knowing someone in the field already may be your only chance to land a coveted full-time job. Internships can help you make the connections you need to succeed.

Are you still finding direction?

It’s nice to know what you want right after college and be able to dive straight into it, but that’s not the case for everyone. If you’re still struggling to find a career that suits you, doing an internship or two may help you find the right fit and prevent you from possibly spending years in a field that doesn’t suit you.

What Should I Put in an Online Resume?

Posting a resume online in a place where it lingers indefinitely is a little different from submitting one as part of a job application or e-mailing one directly to a company. Formatting, for instance, becomes more of a concern, because you have no way of knowing exactly how a recruiter who downloads your resume will… Read More…

Tips for Using an Online Job-Search Profile

Online job profiles, like those on LinkedIn, are a must in today’s job-search environment. Even older workers, whom one might expect to be exempt from this requirement, are usually expected to have a robust online presence. If you’re struggling to figure out how to use online job-search profiles, consider the following tips: Start with the… Read More…

Clichés to Avoid in an Interview

Every once in a while in a job interview, you get asked a question that you can’t answer. Nothing springs to mind. You freeze up, and then you spit out something you’ve heard a dozen times before. It’s usually a safe, vague, easy answer that doesn’t actually mean anything. Next, you observe your interviewer pinching… Read More…

The Basic Elements of Resumes

If you want to capture an employer’s attention, your resume needs to strike a difficult balance between being original and including all the information the employer needs. No matter what you do to stand out in your resume, you should be sure to include the following basic information. – Contact information. Your resume doesn’t do… Read More…