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How to Discuss Your Internship at an Interview

If you’ve completed an internship, you’re going to be asked about it at a job interview. But talking about it in a short amount of time may not be so easy. On the one hand, you want to be able to indicate you worked hard and achieved a lot, but on the other hand, you don’t want to ramble, or forget to mention something really great. The following is a list of tips to prepare you to discuss your internship at a job interview.

Prepare for Different Questions

Before going to an interview, consider the different questions you may be asked about your internship. Possible questions might be:

What responsibilities did you have during your internship?

What did you learn during your internship?

What did you like/dislike about your internship?

Describe a typical day at your internship.

How does this internship give you an advantage in the job market?

Why did you choose to do your internship there?

What was your greatest achievement during your internship?

How does your internship prepare you for this job?

How does this internship prepare you for your career?

Why did you decide to do an internship?

What was most challenging about your internship?

How did you handle (insert situation) during your internship?

What is the most important thing you learned at your internship?

Describe how you used leadership at your internship.

Describe how you worked with others at your internship.

Don’t try to memorize exact answers for these questions. Instead, think of a few important points you would want to cover for each. If you can remember the important points during an interview, your responses will sound fresh, but you’re still talking about what’s really important.

Stay Positive 

It’s important that when discussing your time at an internship, you speak well of the company and the people who work there. For one, businesses tend to work with other businesses. People tend to switch companies. You never know what the relationship is between your interviewer and the place you did your internship. Secondly, it doesn’t typically look good when you’re bad-mouthing a former work situation. When asked to discuss any dislikes about the internship, do it in a professional light.

Bring Samples

If possible, have something that can demonstrate the work you’ve done at an internship. This could be a section in your portfolio, or a separate piece. You may want to consider bringing a letter of recommendation from your internship supervisor.  Never give an interviewer the only copy of your work, or the original because you may not get it back.

Control Open-Ended Questions

You may just be asked to discuss your internship without being asked a specific question. In this case, you’ll want to mention your role as well as cover what you’ve learned, and how it’s prepared you for the position in which you’re applying. Have a few key points in mind for when this question is asked. Don’t try to cover everything. Your interviewer can ask follow up questions to get more information.

 

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How to Get a Job Right Now

The days of sending your resume to a posting in the paper and hoping for the best, are over.  In fact, you probably never knew those days at all!

Today’s job market is cut-throat for any field, at any level. Even finding a part-time or summer job can be hard. With fewer jobs and more qualified candidates, applying for a job is a lot more work than it used to be, but it can be done!

Here’s a great list of tips that will increase your chances of getting a job right now!

Finding Places to Apply

Because employers today hire mostly by asking around, most open jobs are never posted on a job board or in the classifieds. Don’t waste too much time on Craigslist, Monster, or other job sites.

Look for businesses and companies you’d want to work for, and figure out who you’d need to speak to about open positions.

Once you’ve found a few places you’d be interested in, find the connection to someone who works there. Talk to teachers, your parents’ friends, etc. Make an account on LinkedIn. Let people know you’re looking for a job. Ask around. Tweet your skills. The more people who know what you’re looking for, the better chance someone can put you in touch with someone else.

Talk to your professors. They might have a few ideas on who might be hiring.

Your Resume and Cover Letter

Don’t follow online templates. If you’re unsure on how to write a resume and cover letter, attend a workshop, online course, or visit your college’s career development office/web site.

Focus on the results of your accomplishments and experiences, as opposed to “what you did.”

Personalize it up. Don’t send a resume to a PR firm with an objective being about journalism. Every time you apply for a job, review your resume. Are there things you could add that’s relevant for this job but wasn’t for the last one? Your resumes should be slightly different every time you apply.

If you’re emailing a potential employer, make sure your email address is professional, and that the file name for your resume is specific to that job. “My Resume” is generic and unspecific. Have the file name include your last name and the company’s name.

Make sure your references are up to date as well as relevant to the position.

Check for accuracy, spellng–and grammar mistakes.

Your Online Presence

Google your name.

View your Facebook account as a public viewer. This will show you what potential employers are seeing when they Facebook you. (They will Facebook you.) 

Make sure you don’t have any online footprints that could shed negative light on your hireability.

Design a website in which you can show your work and your skills. Put the link in your resume and cover letter. Voila!

Communications

Follow up with a business after you’ve submitted your resume and after you’ve had an interview.

Send a card thanking your interviewer.

Make sure calling your cell phone is a professional experience. What is your ringback tone? What does your voicemail say? Answer your phone in a quiet location.

Make sure all emails you send to an employer are formal in nature and are free of grammatical errors.

Do not Facebook friend the person who interviewed you after the interview. Do not.

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Which College Degrees Will Get You A College Graduate Job?

Categories: Majors & Minors

Times are tough and getting a job is even tougher.

Does having a college degree give you a better chance of getting a job?

Yes.

But, according to Course Hero’s recent blog post, graduates with certain majors are more likely to land a job than others.  You can see from Course Hero how folks with undergraduate degrees are less exposed to unemployment here:

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So, now you ask, “What should I major in so that I can get a job after college?”

We’re not going to tell you what you should do.  After all, you should follow a path that interests you, but, if any of these careers fits your interest, you’re in luck.  These careers are going through a growth spurt like a 13-year-old boy:

Registered nurses

Accountants and auditors

Post-secondary teachers

Elementary teachers

Computer software engineers

Network systems and data communications analysts

Dental hygienists

Medical scientists

Physicians assistants

Veterinary technologists and technicians

Veterinarians

Skin care specialists

Biomedical engineers

Financial examiners

Biochemists and biophysicists

Athletic trainers

If studying to become a registered nurse, accountant or one of these other jobs means less a chance for unemployment, would you do it?

And if you need some advice on choosing your career, check out some of Cappex’s words of wisdom on the subject here!