Internship Series Part 5: The Interview and Follow Up

Congratulations! We’ve made to the end of my internship series! If you’re just joining us and missed the previous posts click here for part 1, here for part 2, here for part 3, and here for part 4. If you’ve made it this far in your application process this means that the employer thought highly of your application, so the interview is where you get to show them who you are as a person and why you would be a good fit for the job. So in this post I am going to share how to prepare for the interview, questions to look out for (and how to answer them), and what to do after the interview. Keep reading for more!

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Internship Series Step 3: Mastering the Cover Letter

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Welcome to part 3 of my internship series! If you missed part 1, click here and if you missed part 2, click here.

Now that we’ve discussed where to look for internships, and mistakes to avoid when filling out your application, it’s time to talk about the highly anticipated cover letter (I was going to include resume tips in this post but that would be way too much information thrown at you at once, so I decided to split them up. Be looking out for that post soon)! Keep reading for more

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Internship series part 4: Mastering the Resume

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Welcome to part 4 of my internship series! We’ve already covered where to look for internships, how to fill out your job application, and mastering the cover letter, so if you missed any of those, feel free to click the links to read them.

If you’ve never seen or written a resume before there are a few things you want to keep in mind:

  • it should be one page
  • it should contain your name, contact information, education, work experience, and, if applicable, skills and awards
  • it should be free of grammatical errors

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Internship Series Step 2: Filling out the application

Welcome to part 2 of my internship series. If you didn’t know, I’m doing a series on applying for internships and if you missed part one, you can read it here

Today we will focus on filling out the application. I know it seems pretty straight forward, but some applications can be tricky to fill out, so I’m going to discuss some common application mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Spelling errors

I cannot express how important it is to make sure you proofread your application, and then have someone else to look for anything you might have missed. Having errors on an application says that you don’t pay attention to detail, and that you didn’t put enough effort in to correct your mistakes. If you don’t pay attention to detail on your application, the company might think you may make some careless mistakes on the job and not correct them.

2. Leaving things blank

If something does not apply to you on an application, don’t leave it blank. Instead type N/A. For example, in the previous work experience section ,I listed I job that I am currently working at so in the “reason why you left this position” section, I would either put n/a or “still at this position”.

3. Not having a professional email address.

I don’t think I should have to say this, but for those of you who don’t know, make sure you use a professional email address. This could be your school email address if you are in college, or an email address with your first and last name in it. An example is johnsmith@email.com or janedoe@university.edu opposed to beyoncefan2000@email.com

4. Not following the instructions

This shows the employer that you can’t follow directions and that makes you less desirable. This is especially important if you have to write an essay or do a short answer portion, because it could ruin your entire essay if you read the question wrong. Do yourself a favor and make sure you understand all the questions before you answer them.

5. Exaggerating your experiences

This is a very tragic mistake. The application asks for your supervisor’s information in order to do an employment verification, and if you said you worked at Hearst Magazines, but you really only worked for your school’s newspaper, this makes you a liar. No one wants to hire a liar. The same goes for your job description, while you want to explain what your job duties were in the best way, you don’t want to say you did something that you didn’t.

Did these tips help? What other tips do you have for filling out your job application? And, as always, if you have any questions go to the contact me tab and shoot me a message.

-Tia

Internship Series: Step 1 Where to Look for Internships

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Hello everyone!

I’m so sorry for the long blogging hiatus, however maintaining a blog while going to school and having a job is not easy to do. But I’m trying to work on blogging more often, because I do have a lot to share with you. One of the reasons why I’ve been so busy is because I’ve been applying to internships and scholarships, and that inspired me to do a series on the blog for you guys. This series will focus on the steps to go through during internship season. The steps are as follows:

1. Where to look for internships.

2. Filling out the application

3. Cover Letter & Resume

4. Preparing for the Interview & Following up

5. Accepting or declining the offer

Keep reading to find out where to look for internships.

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6 Tips for Creating + Maintaining a Twitter Following

Maintaining a twitter following is something I’ve been struggling with lately, so these tips come in handy.

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By: Rebecca Potzner — Co-Founder

There is no denying that many Twitter users are working to grow their following. Following sounds kind of cult-like doesn’t it? But when it comes to Twitter I think of family and community. These aren’t just numbers we’re talking about. It’s people we’re interacting with and relationships we’re building, something we must not forget.

There isn’t an exact formula, but putting  these tips to use should help build your following or community.

1. Establishing brand/personality.

People follow others because of two things, 1) Who they are 2) The content they share. Establishing your personal brand is not only going to strengthen people’s understanding of who you are and what you’re about, but it will help you share quality content true to you.

 2. Tweet often.

This isn’t to say you should tweet about every single thing you do in a day, but don’t stay silent…

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