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  • Sue Gordon 10:45 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Get An Unpaid Internship Or Wait Tables? 

    Annie from Fortune Magazine weighs in on this timely question… which is more important: to get paid or to get experience?     Read her advice to one student faced with such a dilemma in CNNMoney’s  Ask Annie column.    I especially like her advice to look at the substance of an internship before deciding which way to go.    Of course, Annie doesn’t remember to point out an important alternative:  take the unpaid internship AND wait tables as well…. not always easy or possible, but an important option to consider.

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    • Minna Scherlinder Morse 10:08 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      I was recently approached by a Master’s student with a similar question–how important is getting an internship, particularly when a student is facing financial hurdles. This is what I wrote him, for what it’s worth:

      Dear X:

      The goal/s of internships are manifold: to get experience in the field, to broaden your network, and to gauge the kinds of roles and work-atmospheres you like and don’t like in a new career niche.

      As someone who needs to work to pay the rent, you’re going to need to do all those things over time, but you won’t likely be able to do the one-stop shopping of a traditional internship.

      So here are a few ideas:

      If there’s a way to add relevant experience to your job duties, try to do so
      Network strategically with much of the free time you have. I don’t know what stage of career planning or transition you’re in, and that will dictate what makes strategic sense now, but think informational interviewing and even (once you have some connection with someone doing what you’re interested in) shadowing for a day or two as ways to gain familiarity with types of work, workplaces, and as a way to broaden your network.
      Take on whatever small projects you can fit in between the other demands of your schedule. Again, what kinds of projects make sense will depend on what your goals are, but something to think about.
      Is there a way to create a sort-of-internship (i.e. low time commitment per week) with someone doing exactly the kind of work you want to do: i.e., is there anything you can offer in terms of service to a potential mentor in the field, that you can do in your off hours (and only in your off hours), that will help you contribute to a professional project, and gain you access to professionals in the field?
      Just produce. With whatever time you have. Just do it. On your own. Then share the results.

      Point is–internships aren’t the goal. Products that prove your talent, experience in the field, awareness of the realities of the field, and a beefed-up network…. those are the fruits of internships. But there are other trees in the garden. Go, eat.

  • Geoff Silverstein 6:51 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Advice for Seniors 

    More advice for seniors on the AU Career Center Facebook.

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  • Anna Litman 5:05 pm on January 15, 2010 Permalink
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    DOs and DON’Ts of Job-Seeking when Economy is Doing Not So Great 

    Searching for a job in a good economy takes time, and in a bad one …yes, you’ve guessed it right, takes even more time! How to do a job search right?  These five Dos and two Don’ts will help — only if you follow them, of course!

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  • Sue Gordon 2:59 pm on December 21, 2009 Permalink
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    Still job searching? Don't dismiss temp work! 

    Economists tell us that in any economic recovery, employers use temporary workers before committing to permanent hires.   According to the NY Times, this is even more true in this recovery as temp work continues to grow– up four months in a row.  What is different  in this economy is the increase in temporary workers is lasting longer than in the past, as employers continue to hesitate to commit to a permanent hire.   So, if you are a job seeker who’s avoided temping, don’t dismiss it, and consider the following benefits.

    Temping allows you to:

    • Develop new and enhance existing skills- sometimes in surprising ways
    • Build your resume
    • Be employed while looking for that perfect permanent job- always a plus
    • Broaden your contacts and your network- key to a successful job search
    • Potentially be converted from a temporary to a permanent employee
    • Earn a little spending (or rent) money!
    • Get off the couch and impress prospective employers that you are taking initiative

    Do you have a great story about a temp job that turned into something more?   Share it by commenting here or emailing gordon@american.edu.

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  • Sue Gordon 4:00 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink
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    Do You Know How To Land A Job Interview? 

    Blindly submitting resumes and cover letters is NOT sufficient to land job interviews!  Check out this brief video and learn some great tips on how you can ramp up your job search strategy.    How to Land a Job Interview, featuring Maggie Mistal , Career Coach, Martha Stewart Living Radio.

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  • John Charles 8:14 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink
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    International Alumni Networking Event – Thur, Nov. 19 

    ATTENTION: International students and alumni looking for employment— Mark your calendar now for Thursday, November 19 from 4 pm to 6pm (discussion begins at 4 pm and reception begins at 5 pm) in MGC 245. ISSS and the Kogod Center for Career Development are hosting an event to help you with your job search. (More …)

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  • Sue Gordon 9:16 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink
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    Where the "Green Jobs" Are 

    “We are just at the beginning of the ‘clean tech’ job creation era”– this is a quote from green-industry research firm Clean Edge.   CNNMoney.com columnist Anne Fisher shares 15  cities where the clean-tech movement is taking off.  Tech not your thing?  Consider this:  every technology company needs people for public communications, marketing, sales, human resources,  and management.  And, those jobs will be filled with people from all majors.

    Find out what cities are on the rise as the number of “Green Jobs” continues to grow by clicking here 15 best places for green jobs.

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  • Francine Blume 7:46 pm on October 23, 2009 Permalink
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    When You're 1 in 500, What Really Happens to Your Resume? 

    You’ll be tempted topile of sheets just skim the NY Times article, $13 an Hour? 500 Sign Up, 1 Wins a Job, but read it through. It isn’t just a gee it’s hard to get a job piece. There are some real insights into what really happens in a real place when recruiters are trying to really get through 500 resumes.

    For instance, the recruiter didn’t have much time to get through the piles, so she started with the first ones to come in, tossed the obviously overqualified folks, phone screened those who looked good, and stopped when she had enough decent possibilities. Late-comers were just out of luck. 61 of 210 were passed on, and the rest weren’t even considered or loaded into the company’s system for lack of time.

    But even after that, an unemployed young woman saw a friend’s status update on Facebook saying that she had applied for this job, and the young woman then went to the website to apply. Even though she wasn’t in that pile of 61, the resume got uploaded into the company’s system. She was invited to interview and impressed them with her suit, consistent answers, and ability to come in for a second interview with just one hour’s notice.

    So . . . get your resumes in fast, get them in electronically if you can, don’t expect much if you’re over qualified, and be ready to impress at the interview. The basic advice is still the most important!

    Photo by Johann “nojhan” Dréo.

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  • Sue Gordon 8:05 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink
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    Seniors: Wake Up 

    Prepare for What Comes Next

    Prepare for What Comes Next

    There is no time like the present.

    When your post-graduate plans are at stake, this couldn’t be more true.  Did you know that successful job applicants allow several months  to prepare and hunt down their position? If you plan to find gainful employment upon graduation,  now is time to start your search.  Even if you are hoping to go to graduate school, now is the time to be “getting your ducks in a row” and applying.

    Fear not, whether you are applying to grad school or looking for a job, the process doesn’t have to be a painful endeavor.

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  • Felicia Parks 5:01 pm on October 2, 2009 Permalink
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    News Flashes for Public Comm Students 

    Public Communication majors:

    • Read this article on a recent survey that shows that New Media skills are at least as important as traditional media relations skills to employers for PR hires right now.
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