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Buffalo Intern Blog- Spring 2012


Here is a record of emails I send interns throughout the course of the semester.  The hope is to keep students connected with Career Services and offer some tips to help them along the way.  Hope you find them useful.

Steve Sellars
WTAMU Career Services


Intern Email #1- Make the Most of Your Internship

February 5, 2012

Hey-oh spring interns!

Just a quick note from your friends here in the Career Services Office :-).  I try to email all students in internships from time to time to let you know what is happening in Career Services and pass along tips I hope help in your internship.

Get The Most from Your Internship

Having said that, how is your internship so far?  If this is a new internship, you may find it challenging or maybe even a little overwhelming.  Let me assure you this is totally normal.  If you don't feel this way, you're probably in an internship that isn't offering much of a challenge.  I'll write more about that in my next update.

With that in mind, here are a couple of tips to get the most out of your experience this semester.

  1. Realize employers don't expect you to know everything.  They understand you're just learning and won't know everything about the field.  They simply want interns who are truly interested in the work and who make a strong effort on every assignment, even if it isn't the most glamorous.
  2. Realize the internship is a long-term interview in disguise.  Employers are constantly asking questions like:
    • Does she get along with our other employees?
    • Can he do the job?
    • Is she a good problem-solver?

    Even though they don't expect you to be an expert in the field, they are evaluating you so put your best foot forward.

  3. Be professional.  Employers tell us all the time they are looking for people with professional skills.  Things like being on time, dressing professionally, and writing properly--employers don't speak text :-)

Lastly, here are a couple of good videos about making the most of your internship.  Enjoy.

Close to Graduation?

If you are close to graduation, let our office help you with the full-time job search. We can help with resumes, interviewing skills, and job search strategies. Call our office or check out Career Services Student Support

Also, don't forget about the Career EXPO on March 1st. This is a great way to network and learn more about possible jobs after graduation. All the details are online at Career Services Spring Expo

I'll email you again soon.  In the meantime, contact me with questions or if Career Services can help you in any way.

Have a good week!!

Steve

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Intern Email #2- Do You Have a Game Plan?

February 17, 2012

Eli Manning and the underdog New York Giants had a game plan. They executed it and ended up winning Super Bowl XLVI. Asked if he started to panic when the Patriots came out strong in the third quarter, Manning said, “No, we remained positive and concentrated on executing our game plan.”

I didn’t really care who won (although it’s fun for an underdog to win when I don’t have a rooting interest) but I, along with millions of others, watched. It was a good game but I really liked the life principle I caught in Manning’s post-game interview. “Staying positive and continuing to work on executing your game plan” applies to so many areas of life—work, relationships, and even the job search.

I guess the big question then is, “Do you have a game plan?” Most of you are getting close to graduation. Do you have a job search plan? Do you know the things to do to look for a job? Hint: a good job search plan involves more than just looking online at job listings.

Check out this link from the Career Services web site--To Do LIST

These are ideas for your job search job plan. Take the time now to determine what things need to be on your game plan. If we can help, don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you stay calm, remain positive and execute your plan, you can achieve your goal, just like the NY Giants did.

Have a great weekend!

Steve

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Intern Email #3- Your Job Search To-Do List

March 5, 2012

We had a fantastic Career EXPO last week with close to 70 employers looking for WT students and alum. Employers are still hiring even in this challenging economy. Jobs are tougher to find but students with a good job search plan increase their odds of quickly finding a position. What about you? Do you have a game plan?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Here are a couple of ideas for your job search “to-do” list.

  1. Spend time clarifying what you really want to do. Your internship is hopefully helping but more resources are available through Career Counseling. Don’t skip this step. It’s easier to find a job when you know what you’re looking for.
  2. Participate in mock interviews every chance you get. The job search is about making connections. Mock interviews are a fantastic way to do this. Sign up for one every month.
  3. Update your resume and use BuffJobs. Take some time this semester to add skills you’re learning in your internship to your resume. If you need help, check out our resume workshops and critiquing times.
  4. Once you’ve done this, upload it because employers search our BuffJobs database for resumes. Yours needs to be there. Also, search the job listings. Not every opening is in BuffJobs but it’s worth checking at least once a week.

  5. Take a risk and network. Talk to people about your job search—professors, friends, parents, parent’s friends, etc. Talk to anyone who will listen. This is your most effective job search tool.

If you need some tips, Career Services has a very good networking DVD—Networking From Scratch:  A College Students Guide to Making Connections. Contact us and we’ll arrange a time for you to watch it. Also, think about informational interviewing. It is a fabulous way to network.

>Let us know how we can help you implement your job search to-do list. Have a good week!

Steve

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