Archive for October, 2012

Oct
26

When to call in sick

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The amount of sick days one takes regardless of the level within a company, is something all employers take notice of. As an intern or entry-level professional, it can sometimes be a little nerve wracking to make that call. You want to show your dedication to your job, company and clients and prove that you can work through anything, but you also should be mindful of your own health and those around you you could potentially infect.

Check out Sue Shellenbarger’s article “The Art of Calling In Sick—Or Not”  in The Wall Street Journal which discusses this very issue (and, yours truly is quoted in her article). Are you guilty of some of the items in her piece? When do you think one should call in sick?

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Oct
17

A day in the life

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We love “day in the life” stories. It’s a great way to gain good insight into a company and see what you could potentially be doing in a position with your dream organization.

One of our summer interns with our Business Outcomes division did just that and reflected on some of his tasks while on the team. Read his post on the Washington and Lee University website and learn a bit more about our Business Outcomes team.

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Oct
15

Getting your resume noticed

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My favorite thing to say to students, recent grads and anyone looking to get into the communications industry when discussing resumes is: Don’t make it look like the Rosetta Stone.

It sounds like I’m joking when I say that, but it’s overwhelming to look at a resume with the margins widened to make room for more copy, the document goes on past the first page and the copy on the page is so cramped it looks like hieroglyphics inside a pyramid. With a resume like the one I described, it’s hard to get the attention of any HR or hiring manager when their eyes can’t focus on any of the words on the page.

But don’t just take our word on resumes. Check out this piece on commPro.biz “10 Tips to Keep Your Resume Off the ‘Resume Trash Pile’” and let us know what you think.

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Oct
10

(Almost) Quarter-Life Lessons

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Forbes has a great piece online today that I urge everyone to take a look at- especially those recent graduates preparing for the first day of a new job and students gearing up for their first steps into the working world.

The truth of the matter is that work will always be a learning process. If you enter with an attitude other than that, then you’re in for a surprise. The trick is to find an environment that encourages you to grow and provides you with the opportunities you need to become successful- without hanging you by the rope it gives you.

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to pay attention to some of the advice laid out in the article. Here are a few of my favorite tips:

  • “You won’t be fired because your boss is angry.” In the majority of cases, this is absolutely true. We hold two formal review sessions for interns here at Peppercomm and teams are encouraged to give feedback on assignments as often as possible. Ask questions. What can I do to improve? Don’t hang your head- there are checks and balances for a reason and it’s absolutely not personal.
  • “Not making a choice is a choice.” Internships are ideal because they allow you to take a peek into an industry, company, or culture. Obviously, students and graduates are eager for full-time positions, but more often than not, the best way to reach that goal is simply to get your foot in the door.
  • “It’s going to take time to get good at your job.” I’ve only been in PR for about 3.5 years and I’m nowhere near perfect, but I’m much better off than I was at my first PR internship (that was a doozy). Don’t be discouraged. Find a mentor(s) with the skills you’d like to develop and absorb as much as you can- everyone has to start somewhere. Just remember that no task is too big or too small.

So my fellow 20-somethings, what are some other lessons you’ve learned along the way?

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Intern Video

To find out more about life as a Peppercom intern, check out this YouTube video produced by former Peppercomm interns who share their experiences. Click Here