April 2013

9 Ways to Maximize Your Internship

When you think of an internship, do you think of underappreciated grunts that pass the day knocking out those tasks no one else wants to do? The perception is not completely inaccurate. Answering phones, fetching the mail, making the coffee, and taking dictation are just a few of the tasks we all did to get our foot in the door. It's like a right of professional passage, but an internship opportunity can be rewarding if properly utilized.

In no particular order, here are nine things you can do to make the best of your internship opportunity:

Foreign Patriots

I’ve lived in the United States nearly all my life. My memories of Nicaragua are vague, scattered images of a toddler that amount to little more than remote snapshots of another world. I have never visited my birth place, and so the other world reference is as tangible as my sense of gratitude for every opportunity I have been granted by my adoptive country. No day has inspired as strong a sense of personal achievement as the day I took the oath to become a United States citizen.

The Best Job Interview Advice

Congratulations on landing a job interview! Something in your cover letter and résumé caught the employer's eye. They're ready to meet you. Everything seems to be going in your favor, so now is not the time for your brain to get in the way of what could be your next step to securing the position.

How to Write a Cover Letter

The cover letter is the second most important piece of your job application. If the résumé could be thought of as a window into your professional qualifications, the cover letter is an invitation to sit in your proverbial living room for a more personal look into your character, so what kind of impression should you be giving prospective employers? More importantly, what should you consider avoiding?

Writing the Résumé that Gets the Interview

Even under better economic circumstances, landing a job interview can be an exercise in patience and fortitude. Job seekers find themselves submitting dozens of applications--sometimes slaving for hours over a single packet only to receive an indifferent rejection, assuming that the employer even bothers responding. Yet, where is the line between getting passed up because you are not qualified and getting passed up because you did not adequately present your qualifications? Let’s examine the résumé, arguably the most critical application component, and some ways you might consider building it up to land yourself an interview.