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How to acquire your dream internship and job

For many students, internships are a stepping stone towards a promising career. However, securing an opportunity is an arduous task-something that requires work! Having an immaculate resume alone cannot guarantee you that dream internship, if you don’t plan ahead of time: Dress for Success First impressions are everything. The last thing you want is to be turned down based on your attire. Dressing in a business appropriate clothing sends a message that you respect your potential employer.   Arrive on time Tardiness is a big red flag when it comes to showing up for an interview! It demonstrates lack of discipline, and your heedlessness towards the interviewer’s time. It is always a good idea to pull up the address on your map in advance and to arrive a few minutes early for the interview.   Conduct research about the company Make sure you research about the company prior to your interview. This goes to show that you are genuinely interested in working, and have done your homework. Take time to surf the company’s website, and read about its offerings, new developments, mission and vision.   Sell yourself When presented with an opportunity to speak, you have to articulate your ideas in a manner that convinces the interviewee that you are the best fit for the job. Also, bear in mind to highlight your accomplishments without sounding too boastful. Follow up It is imperative that you take time out to send a thank you note to your interviewer, and express your gratitude for his or her time and consideration. This shows that you are a courteous person, and are eager...

Leveraging the power of Social Media

Finding a job right after graduating from college can be excruciating! Thanks to the advent of social media, reaching out to prospective employers has never been simpler. However, using social media effectively, requires strategy and planning. While you are gearing your efforts towards establishing rapport with the potential employers, the employers too, are using social media strenuously to identify the right candidate for the job, access their personal data, and thereby making informed hiring decisions by maximizing the job fit and minimizing potential liability. The question is, what can you do as a job seeker to get on radar of influence, and acquire the job that you desire?   Update your profile First and foremost, it is pertinent that you keep updating your profile, and ensure that it is the same across all the social media platforms. Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are great platforms to establish your social media presence within the industry. Use industry key words to increase your visibility and to be able to rebrand yourself in that specific industry. Lastly, don’t shy away from requesting recommendations from your current employers, colleagues and clients.   Reach out to Influencers Every Industry has an array of target influencers that you would want to get acquainted with in order to put yourself out there and increase your credibility. Inspire, is one of the platforms that can help you tremendously in terms of creating a liaison between you, and the potential employers. It will help you connect with prominent business leaders, and find out how they acquired their current stature in their perspective fields.   By Sana Kalia Social Media-...

Professional Journey: Janine Lynaugh

Although Janine Lynaugh is “just” in her early 20s, she has already earned a leadership position at Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County, where she serves as food service director, overseeing a staff of five and managing hundreds of volunteers throughout the year. Read more here:...

Professional Journey: Jessica Grosshuesch

Some people are fortunate to discover a job they are passionate about early on in life and follow a path straight to their career destination. I’ve been lucky enough to find not only the job I love, but have pursued my passion for learning throughout my journey. Read more here:...

Professional Journey: Sue Niesen

For five years and nine months, Sue Niesen was a front desk clerk at the Inn on Woodlake. She enjoyed working with the public, and especially the PGA golfers while she was there. From there, she became a receptionist at the corporate offices of Piggly Wiggly. For three and a half years, she enjoyed working with vendors, and enjoyed the camaraderie she shared with her co-workers....