Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the January 20, 2003 issue of QuintZine.
Teens and college students, The Wall Street Journal says you should start looking now if you want to land a paid internship for this summer. “Paid summer internships tend to have first-quarter deadlines, because employers like to have their summer work forces in place by May,” reports The Wall Street Journal’s Dexter Webb, who also notes that the competition will be stiff this year.
Webb suggests making an effort to stand out, such as by focusing on the areas you’re passionate about and those in which experience might give you an edge. He advises highlighting past volunteer work or school courses in your application, “to show how you’d contribute to the organization.” If you’ve started your own business, be sure to mention it, especially if it was successful.
Webb recommends getting a sense of what’s out there by checking out company and organization Web sites for details of internships, where you can often apply online. Check out, too, Web-based internship databases that you can search by location and area of interest, such as Rising Star Internships, InternJobs.com and Idealist.org’s “Internships” section. “After you’ve targeted a gig, call to find out more — and to show you’re really interested,” Webb suggests, noting that Web data may be outdated. Webb advises asking about any changes to the rules or deadlines before you apply. “Follow all directions for submitting your resume and other material,” he exhorts.
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