Oh how Pinteresting! One of the more addicting social media outlets, Pinterest has become quite a hit for people of all ages and businesses of all kinds. I can’t deny that in my own experience, Pinterest has become a place to bunker down and keep up with my favorite trends, come up with new recipes, and find craft ideas for gift giving.
However, with my interests highly tuned to the transformation of “college to career”, I’ve been able to find a connection with the addicting social media site and job hunting or even beginning your new career! Below are some ways you can transform your Pinning skills to your new (or soon-to-be) career:
First and foremost, I’d like to express my apologies for being absent from blogging. With college graduation only a few weeks behind me, I’ve been quite busy with finishing up my degree, job interviews, the job hunt and planning for my existing position as an all-star cheerleading director. As I sit lazily in my room on this dreary day though (taking a break from 50 Shades of Grey of course), my writing gears started turning again.
A lot of my friends and acquaintances who I’ve been fortunate to keep in contact with over the past few weeks have been asking me similar questions about my journey for the perfect first full-time position for post-graduation. It’s true that I’ve had a generous amount of interviews and a few job offers following them, however I have not accepted any. None of the positions I’ve been offered have quite fit the bill or seem to be something that I could thrive doing. SO, the job hunt continues. In my attending to these questions though, I always offer one piece of advice, that to me, is the “cardinal rule”; always do your research.
It stuns me to hear that people mindlessly apply for jobs and internships, while hardly researching the position, let alone the hiring company. In my-own experience, I’ve only applied to positions where the job description matched the line of work I’m interested in and whose company hit close to home with my interests. Could this be why I’ve been getting calls back? Quite possibly!
Listen up job and internship seekers..
Even if you’re applying to a company like Pepsi, where everyone and their Chinese step father’s younger brother’s sister-in-law knows what their logo, tag line and recent advertisement is, you must familiarize yourself with the company’s current goals, challenges and over-all expectations within their hiring positions. This will in turn give you a distinct competitive advantage for your interview.
Upon this research, you will find:
Okay so now you know you need to research the company you’re looking to apply to, but how do you do it?
Before you go into your next interview, I want you to do yourself a favor and go over this list again. In between primping your resume and ironing your best blazer or suit jacket, do some research.
Do not risk losing a great opportunity because of a lazy mistake! The half hour it takes you to look up this information will provide you with reassurance that this position could be a great fit and will provide the company’s hiring manager with the same confidence that you are a solid candidate for the company.
Some of the best recommendations we can get as college students entering the ‘real world’ come from our professors - the ‘trainers’ who’ve been in this world before us and who are preparing us for what’s soon to come.
That being said, it always surprises me to see students constantly disrespecting these professionals by showing up late, talking back, not taking conductive criticism, etc. It makes me wonder, “are these people going to treat their future bosses this way”? Do they even plan on getting jobs with that attitude (outside of McDonalds of course)?
Here’s how I see it:
You’re at least a junior in college - let’s even say senior. You’re working on a project - in my case, have a client (outside of school) whom you need to constructively build a case for & make a difference for within a project. Your grade depends on how well you execute. In the ‘real world’ your job depends on it. While you’re in school, why not strive for the A? In the professional life, that A isn’t just a grade - it’s a raise (or promotion - which usually comes with a raise).
You should treat your professors like your bosses. Even if you don’t think so highly of them, it’s great practice. You aren’t always going to love your boss - sometimes you wont think they’ve got a clue as to what they’re talking about. Some of them are nice, some of them are boring. Some smart, some not-so-smart. However and whoever your future boss may be, you have to respect them in order to keep your job and move up within your field. Do the same for your professors - they might be the recommendation that places you in that dream job of yours. After all - they’re the ones who’ve trained you and have seen your work- as you’ll perform after graduation.
Best wishes and happy holidays!
According to The Free Dictionary, an intern is “a student or recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training”. Unfortunately in the economy we’re a part of, many people define interns as “work slaves”. Fortunately, I was lucky to have an amazing internship experience. Unfortunately, many my age have not - especially people finding internships within the fashion industry. I’ve learned through research and a close friend of mine (who interned for a total of two weeks at a prestigious fashion PR firm) that a large majority of interns are treated quite poorly, unpaid and sent to do tasks that would certainly not help them grow in their field of study (except maybe in figuring out different subway routes around NYC). I don’t mean to crack on fashion though, there’s a LOT of businesses that treat their interns this way. My suggestion? DON’T TAKE these internships & if you get involved in one, run — run fast and early. There are PLENTY of businesses and organizations out there looking to hire interns to do REAL work. Although (as mine was) many are unpaid, you should be doing actual work, with an actual supervisor correcting your mistakes and helping you to learn.
Finding Available Internships - Where to go:
Choosing an Internship: Once you find a place you think you’d like to intern for, do some research..
Good luck on your search and feel free to send in any questions you may have!!
As I approach my last semester of (undergraduate) college, I realize I’m feeling a lot of different emotions. I’m upset that break is over — even more upset that this is my last college break. I’m nervous to get back into the swing of things after being out of pr-actice (ya like what I did there?) for four weeks — but even more nervous for what lies ahead of me after this semester. I’m excited for my new classes & yet again a new start — but even more excited that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Graduation is four months away and all I have to do is make it through the next semester of 15 credits!
Seeing as this is probably my last blog post before the semester starts, I figured I’d dedicate it to some of my personal tips on starting your semester off on the right foot (I know you just got back to the dorm and have a party in five minutes but yes, that means please put the red cup down for a minute … thanks).
Remember — go into each class with a positive attitude. Last semester is no longer relevant. It’s time for a new start.
If you have any other tips you’d like to share with me & the followers, please shoot them over here! I’d love to see them.
Good luck with your new semester! I know you’ll rock it (;