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Your Interns Want to Work, So Let Them

posted on LinkedIn by Kaitlyn Borysiewicz on July 23, 2014

As someone who's had her share of the internship rodeo, I can happily say I've never had the fetch-coffee-and-make-copies experience that defines so many assumptions about internships. During my past four internships I've solo-managed a concert series, written meaningful articles that were republished on reputable outlets, and devised social media strategies--all assignments that were, by no means, menial work.

The common theme among my experiences was that my supervisors were not afraid to give me thoughtful and challenging assignments. Despite the lazy-intern/millennial trope, your interns are actually willing to work and ready to show you what they've got.

Make a Pit Stop for Your Career During Your Summer Road Trip

When you finally finish college you’re going to face a lot of competition out there. Career planning now will give you an advantage. Some things to do would include job shadowing, attending job fairs and even taking a field trip to visit a company that interests you.

How to Turn Networking into Interviews

Business2Community  -  By: Blog, Personal Branding  -  07/02/2014

People in transition know that 60 to 80 percent of job seekers get their next positions through networking. Consequently and whenever possible, they focus their daily activities on such networking. But despite their—sometimes admittedly awkward—efforts, nothing comes of it. The reason is that they don’t have an understanding of the actual purpose of networking and how to turn it into interviews.

True Confessions of the Hiring Manager Reading Your Resume

7 seconds – that’s how long I give every resume. You’ve got seven seconds to show me that it’s worth my time to continue reading.

Let’s start at the beginning. I’ve been hiring resources, on contract, full-time, part-time, hourly, and salaried job positions for over 20 years. That has been across a variety of industries, although most recently, I have been hiring for high-tech corporate environments. In smaller companies, hiring managers perform their own screening, which means every resume or application hits my inbox directly.

I have looked at many resumes. Not as many as a human resources professional, but definitely in the hundreds, if not thousands, by now...

Success Stories

Aaron Sitterly lands job at 2014 Career Symposium

Like other students who attended the Career Symposium, architecture student Aaron Sitterly made a valuable lifelong connection. He said of the event: The symposium is a valuable networking event. Not only did I glean insight into the architecture industry, I landed a residential renovation project! Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for next year's Career Symposium!

Christine Uses Informational Interviews for the Job Search

Christine, a senior at the UO, began her career research/networking a year ago. She has an interest in pursuing a career in the fashion industry and wants to work in New York City – two aspirations that are challenging due to her living on the west coast, not having studied fashion (she is an art history major), and not having any connections to NYC. But, she didn’t let any of those factors deter her. Here is how she went about the search:   Trial, error, and roadblocks

A&AA 408/508 Career Exploration

  This class has really pushed me to think about and solidify what I want and need in a career, and I think that made it easier to articulate everything during the interview in a concise and well-reasoned manner. Plus, having an extra person in my little cheering section gave me all the confidence I needed to make sure they know I'm perfect for this job and will work my tail off to succeed at it. So, thank you for all your support!! Fingers crossed :)  Amanda Taylor, Fall 2013

Tiffany Hall (MPA'11) gets hired at Providence Alaska Foundation

After graduating with an MPA in 2011, Tiffany Hall searched high and low for jobs in Portland and didn't hear a peep. She applied for a job in Anchorage, AK as a Philanthropy Officer for Providence Alaska Foundation and got hired! 

Rachael Bohning gets courtside to photograph the Blazers

How can you narrow your career interests, make professional connections, and explore internship/job opportunities? Rachael Bohning, a senior majoring in Art with a Photography concentration, found out when she completed an informational interview assignment for AAA 408/508: Internship Preparation. “It’s a brilliant idea and no one knows about it,” Bohning said of informational interviews. Going into the class, she was unsure of what type of photography she wanted to pursue. One of her class assignments was to arrange an informational interview with a professional in her desired career field.

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