Job-hunting tips from the August 15, 2011, issue of QuintZine.
In “How to Translate Your College Experience into a Job,” Heather Huhman lists these career-boosting advantages to the college experience:
- Soft skills.
- Leadership experience.
- Accomplishment stories for your resume and cover letter, and interviews.
- Understanding of interests and skills.
Huhman also offers a slideshow, “How an On-Campus Job Can Get You Hired Post-Grad,” in which she discusses the benefits of an on-campus job, lists several possible jobs, and tells how to leverage this on-campus experience.
The Web-based app, College Packing List, includes categories for classroom and computer needs. The app enables students to create custom shopping lists and provides shopping-guide links.
The annual student survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) revealed that more than 61 percent of students who did a paid internship in the for-profit sector had a job offer at the time of graduation. In comparison, approximately 38 percent of students performing an unpaid internship in the for-profit sector had a job offer, and just a third of students who did not have any type of internship experience had a job offer.
More than half of the internships undertaken by the college Class of 2011 were paid, the study showed.
The study indicated that 62 percent of students in internships were interested in working full-time for their internship employer, regardless of whether they were paid as interns.
The 10 worst states for earning a living: Among respondents to the survey, paid interns spent more time on professional tasks while unpaid interns were more likely to perform clerical work, suggesting that paid internships may offer employers more of the type of experience they’re seeking in their new hires.
Also on the subject of internships: Though written from the employer’s perspective, Todd Raphael’s “What Top Internship Programs Look Like” offers insight into the factors that make an exceptional internship. See the article.
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