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First Impressions: Why They’re Everything

First Impressions: Why They’re Everything

As Danielle Gruppo says in her book Recruiter Secrets, ‘An unkept look won’t impress the interview team.’ Looking your best is not only applicable to job attainment but also in many situations in life. Whether attending school and interacting with professors, meeting the family of a best friend or significant other for the first time, or perhaps it’s just an average day.  Looking your best could make all the difference in the world. A classmate of mine recently brought this very topic to light on the day we had a test.  She had been attending class all week in sweats, no makeup, etc., but on the day of the test she was dressed sharply with her hair AND makeup done…WOW!  I asked her what the occasion was and she responded happily, ‘Look my best, to do my best!’.  I cannot tell you how well these words have resonated with me since then. Although we may tell ourselves repeatedly not to judge a book by its cover…we still do, after all it is human nature. The first impression IS everything and how we are dressing and preparing ourselves for the event of LIFE each day is important. When we dress well and take care of ourselves in regard to personal hygiene and grooming, people want to approach us, people want to help us, and most importantly people tend to be more inclined to engage in conversation with us and remember us. We also FEEL good. Just like that saying goes, ‘look good, feel good’ – it is 100% true. By taking simple care to look our best, we are essentially... read more
How To Create A Small Business Internship Program in 3 Easy Steps

How To Create A Small Business Internship Program in 3 Easy Steps

It doesn’t matter if you are a large or small business, creating and implementing an internship program could be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are some easy steps to start you on your way:   1.  Create A Business Case As with any project planning, you want to clearly identify the end result and build a business case showing a positive Return On Investment (ROI).   Here are a few questions to get you started: How will an internship program… Achieve project and busy season results? Support your entry-level hiring strategy? Save on recruiting and training dollars? Grow your company? Ensure key skills are not lost?   2.  Conduct Research Do your research within your own company and industry, identifying best practices to gain leadership buy in.  You may need to work with Human Resources to gain diversity and hiring demographics to justify your program. There are many free resources on reputable sites like the National Association of Colleges and Employers or the Society of Human Resources Management, as well as purchasable reports from other industry memberships.   3.  Identify Program Structure There is no reason to make your program “unmanageable” in order to compete with Fortune 500 companies. Most large companies are government contractors that are required to conduct and track diversity outreach, subsequently increasing their diverse workforce.  Their initiatives support both Affirmative Action Plan requirements as well as company overarching talent acquisition culture and diversity programs. Some Fortune 500 companies may have a department of one (1) but they have many other resources to support campus visits and school relationships.  They also have deep pockets to... read more
Why Considering an Unpaid Internship Matters

Why Considering an Unpaid Internship Matters

In this current competitive environment, it’s not enough to just have good grades. You need something on your resume that sets you apart from the rest. That’s where internships come into play. There are some great paid internships out there for the taking; perfect for students who want to put some money in the piggy bank while going to college. Sometimes, finding those internships can be harder than you expect. When you use an internship finder like InternAlliance, in addition to the coveted paid internships you are matched with, there are other fantastic opportunities that you won’t want to miss. These often overlooked jobs are unpaid internships. While you may be a little hesitant about choosing an unpaid internship, there are plenty of reasons and benefits that come from them, some of these benefits include college credit, experience, access to leadership, and work perks – to name a few. Still unsure as to why you should choose an unpaid internship? In following the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” method of thinking, here’s why you shouldn’t overlook unpaid internships. Why Considering An Unpaid Internship Matters: If skills match the job requirements, then focus may be on culture fit. If focus is on culture fit, then a path is paved for career success. If a path is paved for career success, then an entry-level job may follow. If an entry-level job follows, then potential for quality of life increases. If quality of life increases, then balance may be achieved. IF your skills match the job requirements and a focus is on culture fit, THEN a successful career path yielding monetary rewards & quality of life may be achieved. So, the... read more

Networking Trade Secrets – Infographic

Ever hear the phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? While it may not be entirely true, the core of the statement certainly stands on a logical premise; getting along with people will help you achieve success. That said, we’ve put together an informative little piece to help you understand the fundamental principles of “Networking”.   Networking Trade Secrets – Infographic   Or Download the PDF: Networking Trade... read more
Why Being Timely Matters To Interns

Why Being Timely Matters To Interns

Why being timely matters to interns: If reporting to an “early morning or late night” boss cramps beauty sleep, then agreement on work hours is imperative.  If arriving 5 minutes early is perceived as late, then be 10 minutes early.  If relishing nightlife is effecting start time, then reassess priorities.  If apologizing when the discussion permits individual insights, then being late to a meeting won’t be as disruptive.  If missing deadlines is the norm, then sharpen organization & communication skills.  IF leveraging flextime is a benefit, THEN ensure you demonstrate organizational value by work schedule, meeting, & project punctuality.  Being timely... read more
Why Being Social At Work Matters For Interns

Why Being Social At Work Matters For Interns

Why being social at work matters for interns: If showing interest in coworkers is routine, then commonalities will be found.  If discovering commonalities is the standard, then trust may be nurtured.  If exhibiting interest is superficial, then fickle allies will vocalize at review time.  If nurturing affiliations is apparent, then support will be provided with insight.  If leveraging coworkers’ insightfulness is the norm, then project success will ensue.  Lesson:  IF finding commonalities breeds trust and increases insightful guidance, THEN relationships may be leveraged for project & career success.  Being social at work... read more