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The Power of the Internship

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This is a guest post by Austin on the power of internship. You can read the guidelines to guest posting at our write for us page.

Laying the foundation for a promising career begins with a good education and a healthy amount of motivation, but it doesn’t end there. An internship with a reputable company or, firm can give you the boost you need to earn job experience, build a professional network, and learn skills that you can’t acquire in college.

Get the most out of your Internship

But landing an internship isn’t easy: you’ll have to make yourself stand out among the competition. You’ll also have to make sure that you showcase your education and skills in ways that are easily accessible to potential employers. With a few tips, you can make your internship into a valuable and powerful experience.

It is important that you do not just do it for the heck of doing. These simple tips can help you get the most out of your internship.

Apply early for your internship

The early bird gets the worm—and the early applicant can often land the internship he wants most. Like full-time jobs, internships are often very competitive, and depending on the field you’re going into, the number of open slots may be small. Work with your school’s career center and your school program’s chair or department head to learn about internship opportunities as soon as they’re announced.

Starting a network of professional contacts can give you an edge as well: making connections at school functions and job fairs, and checking in with companies or firms you’re interested in working for can make you stand out in a crowd of resumes and online portfolios.

Keep your options open

Of course, there may be an internship that will help open doors for you and could lead to a fulfilling future. But you’re not the only person who’s coveting that job, so make sure you apply to a wide range of internships.

Applying to different types of internships can also help you diversify your interests and career plans: if you are, for instance, a graphic design student with a love for public service, you might consider applying for an internship at a non-profit organization that needs help with web or brochure design.

Harness the power of the Internet

Not every college or university has a career center, and some students might have to conduct an internship search on their own. If you’re at a school without internship help or you’re enrolled in an online degree program, the Internet can be one of your most valuable resources.

Internship websites—like job search engines—offer listings, tips and message boards for students searching for internship opportunities. InternWeb lists paid and unpaid internships for college students and new graduates. And Experience.com has listings for both internships and entry-level jobs, which can be used as a stepping stone to a better career for college students. Experience.com is also connected with LinkedIn, which can help you build relationships and create opportunities with your existing professional and educational networks.

Internship – your course of action

Securing an internship can be one of the most important things you do in your college career—so you owe it to yourself to get it right. Start early, apply to a number of different internship opportunities, and make sure you build and maintain your social and professional networks. The right internship can be your first step toward the right career path for you.

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When Should I Go Back to School?

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This is a guest post by Austin. You can read the guidelines to guest posting at our write for us page.

A wave of professionals hit the shores of grad school every time a news outlet breathes the word “recession.” Suddenly, their own education isn’t good enough, and their job isn’t secure enough. Though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting a masters or a doctorate degree, there’s something to be said for taking a minute to plan and figure out what would help you reach your goals before signing off on financial aid papers.

Have a goal:

If your goal is simply to keep the position you have, don’t run off to grad school just yet. Talk to your supervisors and mentors and ask them what types of courses could help you further your career in the company. You’re going to be looking for something that will add value to your work. Just getting a master’s degree may not be enough to get you a raise or make you stand out amongst your peers—you want something that will help you do something you can’t or don’t do now.

If you’re a teacher, think about if adding a second language to your repertoire could make you a more attractive candidate next time someone is up for a raise. Adding Spanish will allow you to start a language club or help other teachers communicate with native Spanish-speaking parents.

However, if your goal is to become principal, you may consider continuing your education with more advanced child psychology, learning and development classes.

Find ways to achieve it:

The worst thing you can do in a recession is to let go of a job in the field that you want to be in. Unless you’re laid off or fired, it’s not a good idea to go to grad school full time just on scholarships. Do everything you can to continue gaining experience in your field. Some options to consider are distance learning and pursuing an online degree.

Nearby colleges will usually offer courses later in the day or at night, so consider picking up a few of the heavier courses that meet once or twice a week.

Network:

Networking has always been the key to successful careers. Don’t forget to work what you already have. If you’re looking for more responsibility, try climbing the ladder of the company that already knows you instead of assuming you’ll have to find a new company to get a new position. Let your supervisors know what you’re passionate about doing, and that you’re furthering your education to get there. That shows a dedication that they’ll likely respond to.

If you do decide to move to a new company, let your superiors know that, too, in certain cases. Obviously if they demand absolute loyalty despite the fact they can’t or won’t promote you, don’t tell them you’re searching for another position.

However, if you have the kind of boss that sees him or herself as a mentor, feel free to ask them to help you find a position that you’ll be more suited to, regardless if it’s inside or outside the company.

Don’t forget to update all of your social profiles, like LinkedIn and Google+, to reflect the fact that you’re intent on moving into a new field or simply growing in the one you’re in. Many times networks are the best place to begin a search, since a fellow college alum is more likely to recommend you than someone they found on Monster.com.

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Most–and Least–Effective Methods of Job Hunting

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This is a guest post by Holly Miller on Job Hunting. You can check out the guidelines for guest posting on our “guest posting guidelines” page.

Finding a job during solid economic times can seem frustrating. Finding a job during a recession can be exponentially more so. Depending on your expertise, education and experience, months can pass before you might get contacted for an interview. You submit hundreds of applications and send hundreds of resumes, but you still wait and wait and wait. Before you give up entirely, ask yourself not if you can increase your efforts but if you are focusing them in the right venues in the right proportions.

There are five main methods for job hunting. Each has its benefits, but not all are of equal ROI or, return on investment—your time, your effort and sometimes your expense. Below are those five methods in order of the least to most effective ROI.

Method 5: Job Fairs.

Job fairs are better job search tools in healthy economic times than in recessions. The representatives manning the employer booths are not decision-makers; they are there to take applications and answer general questions. Conduct yourself professionally at all times if you attend a job fair, but there are so many extraneous applications taken during recession job fairs that most applications and resumes are barely perused by anyone at the employer. Only the applicant whose qualifications jump off the page and dance in the air is considered more closely.

Method 4: Internet Searches

Yes, this is next-to-last. Whether in good times or bad, at most, only about 4 percent of all jobs posted on Internet job listing sites, et al, are ever filled via electronic submissions. It’s a valid way to search for a job, but don’t put a lot of effort into it with direct application. Instead, consider it a “standards review” used to determine those qualifications and qualities that employers in your industry need or want at this time.

Too many people believe that if an employer places an ad on a job listings site that the employer prefers this submission method. Some might, but don’t count on getting much of a response: There are more grossly unqualified applications submitted through these electronic means than received through the mail. The more chaff to sift through, the more easily the qualified applicant will get overlooked.

Method 3: Blanket Submissions

Barely above the ROI of Internet searches, sending resumes and applications to everyone in the phone book may hook an interview fish just by lucky cast, but don’t count on those odds very often. Instead, keep your efforts focused: Know the industry, the size and focus of the employer, the position responsibilities and the location that interest you most.

Don’t approach a job search with the attitude that you’ll accept any job you are offered. That attitude is sensed, and it doesn’t create a confident, knowledgeable and reliable impression for a prospective employer.

Method 2: Newspaper Ads

This tried-and-true job search method has long held positive results, perhaps more so since Internet submissions: Fewer people answer print ads because of the time, effort and expense required. Many people read a print ad then search for the position on the Internet. If found, they send the electronic submission instead of the hard copy.

Method 1: Networking

This method is a perennial front-runner. Networking in a job search doesn’t mean hounding your friends, family or neighbors for a job day after day, but asking for advice on submissions, search parameters, techniques improvement and even interview rehearsals.

True, occasionally someone you know might have direct knowledge of an open position for which you might qualify, but he will rarely refer you right away. If he does, ask if you can use his name as the referral source. It might be just enough to get you an interview. You’d be on your own from that point, but if you hadn’t approached that person and created not the desperate, “Please hire me. I really need a job—any job—any job at all” impression but the calm, professional, considered impression you did, you probably wouldn’t be submitting the resume.

Administration

Increase Administration Scope: Consider a Professional Organization

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This is a guest post by Austin. You can check the guidelines for guest posting at our write for us page.

In this tough employment climate, education offers a significant advantage for a job applicant. An individual can even obtain an administration degree in their spare time if they are currently employed. Once someone has completed their degree program, they can use professional groups to find employment and update their skills. With online education and professional organizations, the sky is the limit for a person who is willing to put in a little effort.

Online degree programs have evolved over the years and have lost their former stigma. With more people trying to earn degrees while still trying to work and take care of their family, online education has become a popular choice for many students. With their classroom interaction, student support and chat rooms, online education combines the best of traditional college programs and independent learning. Students can interact with classmates and their instructors in a real time setting to ask questions and work on assignments, but still work on their own if they prefer. This method of obtaining an Administration degree is shorter than traditional schooling, but the work load is just as challenging and the skills learned are in demand.

Once an individual has earned their degree they can turn to professional organizations in their field. Professional organizations are groups where all the members belong to a particular profession. They keep one another informed on the latest information in their field; have workshops that help update skills, and network with one another about job opportunities.

Organizations such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and the Association of Administrative Assistants (AAA) offer meetings, workshops, certifications and networking opportunities for its members. They are a great way to learn more about the profession and the skills needed to succeed as well as job opportunities.

One option for those in the Administration field is to work from home. With the high unemployment rate, many people are turning to self-employment and the flexibility working from home provides. Many organizations hire telecommuters and sub-contractors who work from home because they are less expensive than traditional employees. While employers are looking for those with experience, they will often hire someone who has a degree in the Administration field, and if the applicant has both a degree and experience then they are in demand.

There are organizations for those who are looking to work from home. The International Virtual Assistants Association and the Virtual Assistant Association for Administrative Consultants are two highly recommended organizations that can help people succeed in the virtual world

Obtaining an Administration degree is an important first step in career advancement. Joining professional organizations, however, help a person keep up to date with the trends in their field and hone viable skills. Networking with members of the organization helps people find jobs and opportunities that are available to enhance career success.

Resources:

International Association of Administrative Assistants (IAAP) http://www.ivaa.org

Association of Administrative Assistants (AAA) http://www.aaa.ca/

International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) http://www.ivaa.org

Virtual Assistant Association for Administrative Consultants (VACOC) http://www.virtualassistantnetworking.com

Times Job fair – July

The Timesjobs Jumbo Job Fair is here again. It is a wonderful opportunity to all prospective employees to find all the major companies hiring for their various positions under one roof.

The details of the next job fair are as under:

ITES Jobfair – 26th and 27th July 2008
Bangalore

Jumbo Jobfair – 2nd and 3rd August 2008
Time – 10:00 AM till 6:00 PM
Venue – Hitex Exhibition Centre, Madhapur, Hitech City, Hyderabad – 500032

ITES Jobfair – 9th and 10th August 2008
Chennai

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the various career options available in BPOs.