Tuesday, January 28, 2014

5 Tips for Success at Anderson Summer Internship Fair

Thursday’s internship fair is coming fast! We know you want to make the most out of your experience, so the Career Services Office at Anderson has compiled some tips and tricks to make the 2014 Internship Fair the best one yet!

1. Suit up, Anderson. The old saying, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression,” may be corny, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Like it or not, first impressions are based on visual appearance, and professional appearance is an important aspect of your preparation for the internship fair. Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot to look great! Check out our Pinterest page for discounts at retailers and for fashion inspiration. Still have questions? Call or email our office today!

2. Sharpen your resume and bring multiple copies. Yes, lots of places will tell you to apply online, but that doesn’t mean you can leave your resume at home. You never know when you’ll be asked to supply a resume, so make sure you look professional and prepared by having several on hand for the internship fair. If it’s been awhile since your last resume update, visit brandyou.mgt.unm.edu for our complete resume guide.

3. Develop and practice your introduction. 30-second commercial, elevator pitch, branding statement…there are lots of ways to describe this important piece of preparation. You need to introduce yourself to employers in a way that demonstrates confidence, explains who you are and what you’re looking for, and entices the employer to learn more about you. Email our office for a templates to get you started!

4. Research the companies. It may sound like simple advice, but you’ll be surprised how many people neglect to do any background research on companies and the open internship positions. We have a list of companies with a link to their website at brandyou.mgt.unm.edu and it will always pay to research the company ahead of time. Trust me, you don’t want to be the person standing in front of the employer asking, “So…what do you do again?”

5. Follow up. Did you make a great contact? Did someone ask you to send along a resume later? Did someone give you some helpful information? Stand out from the crowd by asking for business cards from everyone you meet. You’ll make a great impression and demonstrate your initiative and follow-through by simply sending a gracious thank you note or email to your new contact.

Kate Williams, Anderson’s Career Development Facilitator, is available to work one on one with you. Please call 277-3290 to schedule an appointment.

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