Archive for July, 2011
Guest post by Scottie Ellis, Peppercom intern
Cat calls on the way to work, ladies? Probably not something one should take pride in. Yet, as I leave my dorm every morning for my commute to work, I am shocked to see that my peers are happy to show the streets of NYC, along with their office, “what they’ve got.” Literally.
See-though, circulation-cutting, short outfits are what fill the elevators of the dorm every morning. The dorm elevator is one thing, but what about the office? Unfortunately for my elevator friends, this could really put a damper on their career. People judge by what you wear. You could be the most skilled intern in the place, but when it comes to an opportunity, they will likely pick the intern who is dressed more appropriately—assuming the other intern is also not a complete failure workwise. Unfair? Not if you’re representing the face of the company.
Dress for success. You have heard the saying a thousand times, but when it comes to interning, you have to live by it. It can make you appear more professional, and help you take a step forward in your career. Adjusting from college campus attire to work attire can be difficult, but it is doable. Even on the intern budget.
Invest in classic separates; nice pants, blouses, skirts, etc. Now, mix and match. You can make a lot of outfits out of a few pieces. Want to add your personal style? Use accessories, but don’t overdo it. You don’t have to spend your savings on a whole new wardrobe, just invest in a few pieces that will last a long time. Still lost? Places like JCrew allow you to make appointments with their personal stylists, for free! It is a great way to pick up a few things to help with your transition.
Take pride in your office attire, and leave the cat calls for another time. Now, when you are showing the office what you’ve got, they will take notice!
Sorry, didn’t mean to go all “Seinfeld” on that title, but seriously, what’s the deal with resumes these days?
As a new member of the intern committee, I am now looking at a large number of them coming through for our internships. It seems like the newest trend is to jam as much information as possible on to one page, even if it means having to spread the margins. And yes, everyone can tell that you spread the margins and it does not look good.
I’m not sure if college career services recommend this to students, but doing this just is not visually appealing and shows that you cannot concisely convey your ideas.
You may have a ton of experience that you want to make sure your possible future employer gets to see, but put your best and most relevant experience on your resume, not EVERYTHING you have experienced.
A cover letter, thank you note and the interview itself is a great place to make note of any additional experience you feel the need to share. Just because you have a page to write something, doesn’t mean you should add text to the edges.
Am I the only one noticing this trend or are you a culprit? Let’s hear it on the next generation of resumes.
On Wednesday, our NYC interns- Ashleigh, Ellie, Scottie, Julianne, and Natalie- spent the afternoon at Internfest, hosted by the Council of PR Firms. During their stay they were able to hear from a variety of industry professionals about the value of networking and how to make the transition from intern to entry-level PR pro.
Below, they share with you some of the lessons they learned:
“The HR panel told us to have a competitive advantage: POV, passion, educated on digital, network and stay in touch, be formal and professional.” – Natalie
“Former interns turned employees spoke, all of them again emphasizing the power of networking and how it helped them to get their jobs. They advised us to keep in touch with everyone from the company even after we leave out internships! Tips: exceed expectations, find connections with co-workers, read the news, etc.” – Julianne
“PR is a very dynamic industry and interviewers look to see if candidates are ‘cultural fits’ for their company.” – Ashleigh
“Travis Rexroad, an account executive at Taylor, stated his main goal when leaving his internship to return to college was to leave a hole. Make sure that every time they are working on the project, they notice your absence, and wish you were there.” – Scottie
If you attended the event or have a question for our interns about their experience, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section!
Tomorrow, our interns in our New York office will be spending the afternoon at Internfest, the annual event hosted by the Council of Public Relations Firms. During the event they’ll be hearing from a variety of industry professionals, including Andy Polansky, President, Weber Shandwick and 2011 Chair, Council of Public Relations Firms. They’ll also be given the chance to network with additional speakers and fellow interns.
We’ll be sharing feedback from our interns tomorrow in another post, so be sure to stay tuned and let us know if you’ll also be attending the event!