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7 Reasons To Have An Internship

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Graduation (it is right around the corner!) means saying goodbye to classes and hello to full time jobs. As much fun as it sounds to step into the adult world, there is one more thing you need to do before graduating; complete an internship.  An internship is not just about gaining experience, it’s about putting yourself one step in front of the competition. If you’re not too keen to the idea of interning, you might want to read this blog and think twice.

Here are seven excellent reasons to work an internship:

1. Build Your Network

As you enter the adult working world, landing your dream job may not be as easy as it seems. By completing an internship, you build your network of personal and professional references. You may not want a job in the field or with the company you intern for, but the people you meet along the way may know or have just the place in mind for you. Keep in contact, send thank you cards, and set up informational interviews with these people that you meet!

2. Resume Building

Adding an internship to your resume automatically puts you into a different pile than other job applicants. You can also use the contacts you make at the internship to review your resume.  They will know just the right way to word things, what else to add to your experience, and what information is unimportant or could be removed.  Editing and reviewing your resume may seem like a large use of your time, but it will always benefit you in the end.

3. Learn Your Desires

Just recently, I completed an internship in the field that I had always dreamed about working in, along with a good friend of mine who was chasing the same goal. What did we learn? I loved the internship and everything about it, but my good friend absolutely hated it. This is another beautiful thing about internships. You don’t know if you really like something until you try it. This opportunity gives you that experience with less of a commitment than accepting a full-time job (and it saves you time to start rethinking your career move). Or, you can learn that you really like what you’re doing – which will give you much more motivation to achieve it. Learning more about ourselves is something that should never be taken for granted.

4. Test Your Skills

After just graduating from college, you will not know everything about the field that you want to step into. Internships let you test your skills and knowledge, while learning new skills and tools to apply on the job. Take every opportunity and do not hesitate or step away from a new project that requires learning something new. The point of internships is to learn and gain experience. These skills will serve you in the future and it will look even more impressive when you already know how to do it.

5. More Money

This experience boosts your resume, boosts your list of skills, and could potentially boost your bank account! This may not necessarily apply while you are completing the internship since most are unpaid, but once it is completed, the internship experience could prove your worth in terms of a slightly hirer salary than most starting positions would normally allow.

6. College Credit

There is required homework of course, but completing an internship for college credit can be one of the most fun and meaningful ways to work towards completing your degree. Some college major programs even require college credit to be earned through an internship for completion. However, if your major doesn’t require this – college credit is still probably an option I recommend looking into.

7. Job Opportunities

Many companies have created internship programs designed to hire the interns as full-time employees after graduation. Find the right company and find the right job! Start researching which companies you’re interested in and set up informational interviews with someone in the company or the position you’re aiming to be in.  Once you’ve done these things, start applying and use the name of the person you had an informational interview with as a reference!

The reasons listed above are only some of the reasons why you should seek an internship while a college student, but they should be pretty convincing I think! Share your internship stories with us in a comment below!

Get ready, get set, and get those applications going!

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Writing A Cover Letter

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We all know that a well-written resume could help get a hiring managers attention. However, cover letters are a crucial part of the hiring process too.

The best cover letters are specifically customized to the business and position you are applying to. Yes, this can be time-consuming, but it works to get your cover letter read and actually into the interview pile.

Here are some tips to make sure that your cover letter stands out:

1. Discuss Specific Details

Think of writing your cover letter as your personal sales pitch. You’re essentially selling yourself, your skills, and your knowledge to the company. Hiring managers are looking for details that show you’re familiar with the company and that you would make a good fit. Don’t think you have to go all out with these details. But by customizing your cover letter for each job description and making note of any industry-related news, new products, or recent announcements, it shows you’re paying attention.

2. Show Your Success

Hiring managers want to know your past work experience that pertain to the job you’re applying for. Don’t just regurgitate your resume. Consider examples of times when your top skills had successful results and how that sets you apart for this particular job or internship.

3. Make It Look Good

This last detail is so simple, yet it’s often ignored. When writing a cover letter, never forget to proofread your work. If you are customizing each cover letter to every job description, it’s easy to miss some details here and there. But if a hiring manager sees an error, your cover letter will go straight into the “no” pile. The same goes for cover letters that aren’t written professionally. While creativity is great, keep your writing professional.

When you finish writing your cover letter, send it off to a few friends or family members. Ask for their input to make sure it is the best it can be. If you send it electronically, make sure you save it as a PDF file instead of an editable document. That will give your cover letter the final touch!

 

What tips do you have on writing cover letters?

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Tips For A Successful Internship Search

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Spring semester is now starting, and so begins the stress of finding an internship. Having internships as a college student is highly recommended as most jobs won’t hire you after you get your degree unless you have some experience under your belt. The hardest part is, where does one even look? Well it’s actually not as difficult a task as it may seem. These are the places I’ve found to be most helpful in my internship search:

1. Your College/University

This is probably the most helpful place to look for an internship because you get to work with an actual person who will help you in your search. Most colleges and universities have a special office for just this type of thing. At my college, this is called the “Career Development & Internships” office. It is this office’s job to place students in internships; it’s your job to take advantage of this great opportunity.

2. InternMatch.com

Internmatch.com is a great website you can browse for internships and even entry-position jobs based on your city and/or your major. This website shows both paid and unpaid internships! Start searching!

3. InternQueen.com

This is another great free site that allows for students to search hundreds of internships. You can also narrow them down by your city and the industry in which you’d like to work. You can even upload your resume and cover letter to your account on the website so as not to have to repeat the process each time you apply for an internship.

4. Going Directly to the Business

Another option, for those who already know where they would like to intern, is to simply contact the business/company for which you would like to intern directly. Send them an email or call them asking if they offer internships and tell them you would be interested. It can be that simple. Better your chances by walking in professionally dressed with a resume in hand.

No matter how irrelevant an internship may seem, it could really help your resume. The more internships a student has under their belt at the time of graduation, the better their chances of landing a great job. Another benefit is that many internships could potentially turn into full-time positions once the intern earns a degree.

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Meet Darlene – BookRenter Summer Digital Intern

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photo of girlI stumbled upon BookRenter’s summer digital internship by chance when I went onto their Facebook page looking for coupon codes on textbook rental orders. I had just started using BookRenter.com for all my textbook rentals last fall quarter. Since I had previously saved an average of $10-20 per book, I decided to scope out the prices for books for the upcoming summer school session.

I noticed an opportunity for an internship when I went onto their Facebook page; randomly clicked the link provided and became intrigued by the description. At first I was hesitant to submit an entry because this internship sounded way too good to be true. An internship where you get to work and play at the same time? After a few hours of contemplating I finally summed up the courage to take a risk and submit an entry. I literally only had less than a week to make it into the top 10 so I blasted all my social networking websites. My Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Youtube accounts were plastered with comments encouraging friends and family to support me.

News spread like wildfire and I even had strangers from the East coast voting for me and wishing me luck! To be honest, I thought I had no chance of getting anywhere near the top 10 because most people in the contest had at least three weeks in advance to lobby for more votes. Seeing my entry make its way to the top was definitely a humbling experience. I wanted to win this internship because I wanted to promote the textbook rental website that has been helping me save tons of money each quarter. With all the extra money I have been able to save, I am able to budget in more money for gas, new clothes or going out!

After the contest had ended, I received an email a week later announcing that I had gotten into the top 10. I literally could not contain my excitement that I ran around my house jumping up and down, screaming at the top of my lungs and doing my “happy dance”! The most nerve-wracking part for me after making top 10 was waiting for the email that would determine my fate with BookRenter’s internship. Receiving the email that I had become one of BookRenter’s digital interns was definitely the icing on the cake.  I would not have been able to have made it without the support of all my family, friends and followers on my social networking websites. Thanks to them, I get to promote my favorite textbook rental website.  I’m definitely living the college life dream this summer as a BookRenter digital intern!

-Darlene Megino

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Finding a Job While in College

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By BookRenter textbook franchise manager, Kimberly Erskine
Kimberly is a senior at Rowan University studying English, Writing Arts and Creative Arts. When she is not in school, she spends her time as a social media coordinator for her university and as a speciality medicine intern for Slack, Inc. Her interests include reading, writing, blogging, social media, publishing, marketing and pop culture.

Between increasing tuition rates, living expenses, and having a little leftover for the fun stuff, it is easy to feel strapped for cash. Many students look for part-time work to help them get through their college years. Both on-campus and off-campus jobs can be flexible with your busy schedule and provide you not only with extra cash, but with important experience that may help with your future career plans, as well.

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On-Campus Jobs:

Many students love on-campus jobs. These are typically given to students in one of two ways: 1) Federal Work Study (FWS), which comes as a part of a financial aid package, or 2) Institutional Work Study (IWS). FWS is the more common of the two. Most colleges will post job openings at the beginning of the year for FWS positions on their campus career website. These positions include light office work for various campus departments, on-campus dining, or working in the library.  IWS jobs are similar, but because the funds come from the department and not financial aid resources, experience may be required and competition will be tougher.  On-campus jobs can be great because your bosses understand firsthand how busy a student’s schedule can be. These jobs tend to have flexible hours and are convenient because you don’t have to worry about transportation costs.

Off-Campus Jobs:

Off- campus jobs provide another option for students in need of extra cash. Many students choose to work in the field of retail or food service. These jobs typically do not require experience and may allow for weekend hours (which will make it easier balancing school and work!). However, retail and food service jobs are not students’ only off-campus options. Another option is finding a job or internship in your specific area of interest. These jobs are great resume-builders and can help you begin to network in your field.  For example, a nursing student may want to look at securing an internship or job in a doctor’s office or hospital setting. This experience can create valuable connections to help students earn a promotion after they receive their degree.

When choosing a job during your college years, be sure to choose one that works the best with your schedule and that interests you. If possible, try to find a job related to the field you hope to break into after graduation. Get to know your co-workers, especially your supervisor so that you can rely on them for future references and perhaps even earn a promotion post-graduation.

Good luck with your job search and remember to smile and make the most of it!

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