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Advice for new or recent graduates and entry-level workers

7 steps to finding your dream internship

A helpful checklist from the ‘@InternQueen’

By Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder Writer

 

As the first signs of the coming spring begin to appear, many college students would rather be out enjoying the warming weather than thinking about their future careers. But with spring quickly approaching, so are deadlines for summer internships. If you think that internships aren’t absolutely necessary until after college, think again. Sure, companies may not require  them, but if you’re up against 50 other candidates, all of whom have specific industry experience they’ve acquired through internships, your chances of securing a job greatly decline.

Lauren Berger understood that all too well, and she decided to do something about it. Berger, the self-proclaimed “Intern Queen,” took control of her career destiny early on in college by understanding the importance of internships. In her new book, “All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience,” Berger shares tips on the world of internships, largely based on her own experience, having completed a whopping 15 internships throughout college.

Often, the hardest part about pursuing an internship is knowing where to start. Berger suggests creating the “Intern Queen Dream List,” which is a “road map for the entire application process.” Here is an outline of what Berger suggests including in the list:

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Hello, stranger: How to use cold introductions to advance your job search

If you’ve ever gotten an unsolicited phone call from a telemarketer, you know what it’s like to feel that your time is being wasted by someone who wants something from you. It’s annoying to have people think you’ve got nothing better to do than listen to them talk about why you need a new furnace or why you should support a local political candidate. If you need a new furnace or have the inkling to back a certain politico, you’ll figure it out on your own.

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 The above example represents the main reason that the cold sell, whether by phone call or email, is a tricky art to master. You’re basically asking a total stranger to give you — at the very least — his or her time. People are busy and don’t part with their time very easily.

 However, there’s a reason that cold calls and emails are still a big part of the way that companies generate sales leads. If done correctly, they work. This same theory applies to your job search, too — if approached correctly, cold introductions can be a great way to generate leads and develop networking relationships that can eventually help you land a job.

 So what’s the right way to make a successful cold introduction? Here, four tricks to getting through to people you don’t know.

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Qualified or entitled? Honestly evaluating your skills as a recent graduate or entry level worker

You did it. Four years of college went by in a haze of parties, new experiences and hopefully at least a few dozen textbooks. Now it’s time to go out into the world and get a job. Should be easy, right? You’ve done your part and someone out there owes you a job. Wrong.

 Companies are looking for qualified candidates that will bring something to the table and help their businesses move forward. Beyond a college degree, you will need to show prior experience, concrete skills, emotional intelligence, tenacity and a myriad of other factors.

 Here are three tips to help you navigate the thin line between qualified and entitled, and honestly evaluate your skills as a recent graduate or entry level worker.

 

Evaluating your personal brand

 

Jaime Radow, owner and certified life coach at XYZ Life Coaching, LLC in Scottsdale, Ariz., poses a set of five questions that can help recent graduates and entry-level workers take the first important step in any job search, evaluating your brand as an employee.

 

  • What education do I have?

 

“This list should include everything from college, to those 10 years of dance classes, to that weekend workshop you took in film making,” Radow says. “Write it all down. Don’t edit yourself.”

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