Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the April 12, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
If you’re unemployed, you might want to consider an internship — even if it means working for no pay, writes Amy Lindgren in an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that suggests that internships aren’t only for college students. “An internship is a cross between volunteer work and apprenticeships,” Lindgren writes. “Like the former, it is usually unpaid and the commitment is short term. Like the latter, it provides a structured work experience centered on goals for skill development.”
Lindgren points out that an internship can provide an opportunity to apply for permanent positions from inside the company. “Even if no job offer results from the experience, an intern who does well usually earns new contacts, generous letters of reference and substantial work experience, Lindgren notes, observing that “internships are an especially good tool for mid-life career changers who need to quickly learn new skills while also building a network in the new field.”
Lindgren says structured internships can be found in a directory, such as Peterson’s Internships, an annual guide available at libraries and bookstores.
“To create your own internship,” Lindgren writes, “you will need to know which skills you are trying to develop and which companies can help you build those skills in exchange for your labor. This process of information gathering can take several weeks or months, depending on your familiarity with the field.”
Lindgren also suggests attending meetings of the professional associations serving your target industry to meet employers with whom you can create an internship.
No. 9: Have you found some job leads? I hope so. Apply for what you have found whether it is a job you want or not. I am not advocating lying to yourself or to an employer. I am suggesting this exercise as practice. You might get the job you want in a practice mode. It can happen! You are still exploring with more action steps! …. to be continued …
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