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What To Include In A Portfolio For A Job Interview

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

Okay new college graduates; are you ready for your next job interview? You may have a resume, a cover letter, and bought some sharp business attire, but do you have a career portfolio? Do you even know what a career portfolio is? If you want to make sure you get the job, consider building a career portfolio.

This short guide will help get you started on what to include in a portfolio:

1. What Is A Career Portfolio?

Where a resume provides a snapshot of your experience and background, and a cover letter focuses on why you’re applying for a job, a portfolio is the culmination of all of your career’s work organized in one place. It can be physical or digital, and can help fill in the gaps between your resume and cover letter, or even emphasize accomplishments and skills. It is a way to express who you are as a professional, so make sure it looks its best and presents you in the best light.

2. What To Include

The truth is, you can put whatever you want in your portfolio, but keep in mind that this is a reflection of your career, so choose wisely. You want to include things that back up your resume with physical evidence. If you mention an article on your resume, feature it in your portfolio to show your potential future employer. You should also summarize your career so far and mention what your business goals are for the next 3-5 years. Your career summary is also a good place to talk about your own values and ethics in the workplace. Include a copy of your resume after your career summary, and then get into the samples of your work and any awards or honors you may have earned. Letters of reference are also a great resource to include here.

3. Presentation And Format

Don’t forget it’s not just about the content – the presentation and organization of it all is just as important. You want it to appear like a well prepared PowerPoint: simple, straightforward, and not too elaborate. If you are creating a physical portfolio, consider buying some kind of nice organizational binder to give it that professional look. A digital portfolio may be a better option if you need to send anything in an email or include to a personal website. Digital portfolios allow a little more flexibility in design and you can always print one as a physical copy too. I recommend bringing the physical copy as a backup to the digital copy just in case anyway. Just make sure your overall presentation is professional and memorable.

Having a portfolio will allow you to showcase your skills firsthand rather than just talk about them. It’s easier for a potential employer to realize you are qualified for a job if you show them samples of work that you’ve already done that they are looking for as part of the job description.

Go get started on making that portfolio! Or, go spruce up your existing one if you already have one. It’s always best to be prepared and put your best foot forward!

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The Importance Of Networking And Why You Should Start Now

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Believe it or not, the term “networking” isn’t just something people on LinkedIn throw around to sound important or intelligent. If you’re new to the term, it’s simply a professional way of saying, “making friends and professional connections” with people interested or working in the same areas of study as you are no matter what your experience level is.

Nowadays, many college students just use social media to further connect with friends, family, and professionals who have our dream job. When I started seriously pursuing journalism as my major, Twitter was my favorite way to get in touch with fellow writers, editors, and other students at both my own university and others. Looking back, although I had several valuable internships using my journalism skills, I probably should’ve attended more actual in-person networking events available to me through my university. When it comes to networking, it’s important to not only start early in your college career, but to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way to meet like-minded people.

When it comes to your future, make networking your best friend. The connections you make are the people who can help further your career during or after college.

1. It Could Help You Find An Internship

Thanks to LinkedIn and Twitter, I found at least three of my college internships by networking with the editors of the magazines I was interested in. When you engage in tweets posted by the people you’re interested in, you never know where it might lead. Potential employers love seeing that an internship or job candidate already shows interest in their company. If you were the employer, would you hire the person who only submitted an application, or the person who interacted with you on online too? If you end up with a job or internship, or even just an unpaid side gig on the weekends doing what you’re studying, that’s the best way to learn and to be better prepared for when you find your permanent career.

2. You Will Learn More

Networking with individuals interested or working in a similar field of interest as you will allow you to learn more about your field that you might not normally deal with. You will learn more details of opportunities, ways of doing things, all while getting peer support. Build a strong enough of a connection and you could have a potential reference for future research or professional growth.

3. It Could Lead To a Job

Did you know 70-80% of jobs aren’t advertised? Most are found through networking. Remember the saying, it’s not always what you know, but who you know? Well, get to know more people and more opportunities might come knocking! Especially if you connect on LinkedIn, chances of finding a job are really high. Or, your connections could very well become a person of reference for your next interview! You never know!

Start networking early. If you start while you’re still a college student, you will have a great advantage come graduation.

Share your networking strategies with us in a comment below!

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7 Reasons To Have An Internship

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Megan Lehman BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

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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Successful Tips For Starting A New Job

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The only thing more nerve-wracking than a job interview is actually starting a new job. The new environment, new people, and new schedule can be enough to completely stress you out. Here are some tips on how to make the transition a bit smoother:

1. Give It A Fair Chance

Sometimes the first few days of a new job may seem scary and you may find yourself wanting to quit right off the bat. Don’t be too rash. Give the job at least two weeks before you make any permanent decisions. You may find that after you’ve gotten more familiar with the work and get into the swing of things, you’ll feel much differently about the job.

2. Eat In

A great way to integrate yourself into a new company is to eat lunch in your job’s lunchroom. This way you can mingle with your co-workers in a more casual environment. Feeling more comfortable with the people you work with is a big part in feeling comfortable in your new job’s environment.

3. Manage Your Time Wisely

This is especially important if you are starting a full-time job for the very first time. For those who have never worked full time before, it may take a while to get used to the long hours. However, as long as you learn to manage your time, you should make a smooth transition through this change. The important thing is to give yourself plenty of time in the morning to arrive at work at least 5 minutes early every day.

4. Take Notes

The first few weeks of a new job can seem like a whirl wind. You are being taught all new things and having all sorts of information and procedures thrown at you. The best thing to do is to take notes. This way you can look back on them whenever you are unsure of something. It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll simply remember everything, believe me – you won’t.

5. Ask Questions

One of the biggest misconceptions we have when we start a new job is that we shouldn’t ask too many questions. You may think that you’re being annoying, but I guarantee you that your new employer would much rather have you fully understand your assignment than you wasting time trying to guess how to do the work or to do it incorrectly.

So, before you completely panic over starting a new job, take a breath, keep an open mind, and stay positive. Do you have any tips for starting a new job? Tell us in a comment below!

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4 Methods For Finding A Job

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

Congratulations to all you 2014 college graduates! And congrats to everyone else who has successfully completed another school year. If you haven’t already, the first thing you are going to want to do is relax and enjoy some time off before gearing up for another year. As understandable as this is, you might want to put relaxation to the side for just a minute and think about what you are planning to do for a summer job or how you are going to get money for the next semester.

1. Online

Try job searching online with websites such as www.monster.com, www.indeed.com, or www.simplyhired.com and search for jobs in your area or jobs that match your job interest. You could even just type your job interest into Google and all relevant positions should end up in the search result. Some places may require you to create an account to apply or to fill out an application online in addition to digitally submitting a resume and cover letter.

2. Newspapers

Sometimes you can find job positions in your local newspaper. These may even be positions that might not end up online, so take a quick peak and see how you can apply. You might have to contact someone first to find out what they are looking for as a job application.

3. In Person

If there is a place you go too often or somewhere that isn’t too far away? Stop in! Ask them in person if there are any open positions. It shows them you are making the extra effort and hopefully they will remember you when looking at your application as a step above the rest. If you come prepared with your resume, a cover letter (depending on the position you are applying for), references, and dressed appropriately – you will leave a lasting impression that tells them you are serious, prepared, and trustworthy.

4. Recommendations

Jobs are highly competitive these days; especially for college students during the summer. It wouldn’t hurt to let everyone you know that you are job searching and what kind of a job you are searching for. Others may be aware of a particular job opening that they can recommend to you! At the least, they can keep a lookout to any potential job openings and let you know if they hear of anything.

Although you will want to have fun and relax during your break, you will also want some spending money now and for your upcoming semester. It also doesn’t hurt to get some job experience on your resume. And for graduates, don’t give up – you may not land your dream job right away and that is okay. Finding any kind of job is a major accomplishment!

Do you have any jobs lined up yet? If so, what? If not, then how do you plan to find one?

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