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Jobternships: An Alternative Job Search Strategy

Monday, March 16th, 2009
It’s true that college students who are graduating this year are facing a horrific job market. On the other hand, the recession can be viewed as an opportunity for grads to take some risks and explore positions that offer real-world experience in fields that interest them, but that may be paid – or in some cases – unpaid. I like to call these “jobternships”.  They could also be termed “workternships” or “careerternships”. You get the idea. Great experience, but not always salary and benefits.

The person who takes the “safety” job as a cashier or barista will make a few extra bucks in the short-term, but in an interview situation, “marketing intern” will be much more appealing on a resume than “barista.” Ultimately people who have a job are more successful at finding one; so if it comes down to serving coffee or nothing, then certainly serving coffee can’t hurt.  You never know whom you might meet over a latte.  But if the choice is between a paid job serving coffee and a non-paid job offering relevant industry experience, think about which decision will ultimately help you reach your long-term career goals.
UPDATE: Beth and I were recently asked by the Washington Post to offer some tips for creative job search strategies. We briefly discussed and introduced our jobternship concept in this article. There are other great tips too!

Looking For A Job Or Internship Opportunity In Professional Sports?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Have you ever dreamed of working for a professional sports team? Growing up in Detroit when the Lions were actually decent, I thought that would be great. I thought you had to know somebody though. Wish I had known then that all it takes is a great attitude and a little bit of advance planning…like applying on time.

Applications for internships are being accepted now so hurry up and visit these sites to learn how to apply for the professional sports internship of your dreams. These are great opportunities for college students over the age of 18, and recent graduates.

Did you know NASCAR prefers PC people over MAC users? Hmmm. Interesting.  

American Hockey League Internships

AHL Jobs

National Football League Internships

Major League Baseball Internships 

MLB Jobs

Major League Soccer Internships 

National Basketball Association Internships

NASCAR Internships

USA Swimming Internships

Professional Golf Association Opportunities

US Professional Tennis Opportunities

This is a list of the national staff and their contact information. Make sure you send a well-written inquiry letter to the right person. Do not call on the phone unless they have already requested your resume, or had some other type of contact with you.

Association of Volleyball Professionals
If you are interested in this highly sought after internship program, you need to send an email to: jobs@avp.com


Top 20 Companies That Are Hiring

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Amidst the hundreds of thousands of layoffs being announced every month, there are at least 20 companies still looking for employees (source: CNN Money). Consider these companies for internships as well. In our opinion, the best two companies to target in 2009 for business majors are PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.

There will be a lot of competition for these jobs, so make sure your resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills are polished.   

Check out the web sites of these 20 companies or go to GradtoGreat.com for more information about companies that hire college grads. 

-Accounting-

1. KPMG 
(Positions in a wide range of areas, from administrative assistants to IT associates to tax and audit managers)

 –Consulting/Business/Professional Services-

2. Accenture 
(Specific IT skills, such as Java, J2EE, industry expertise and government secured clearances. Also hiring for corporate roles that include finance and sales development.) 

3. Booz Allen Hamilton  
(Software and systems engineers, information assurance and security engineers, and intelligence analysts with access to classified information)

4. Ernst & Young
(Looking to hire 5,000 college graduates in 2009 from campus recruiting events) 

5. PricewaterhouseCoopers 
(Looking to hire 2,000 students on campus for winter and summer ’09 internships in firm’s three core business units) 

-Education-

6. Bright Horizons
(Center and school staff, center and school leadership positions, benefits, client services (sales), payroll, property management, information technology, marketing.)

-Finance-

7. Edward Jones
(Financial advisors and branch office administrators)  

-Healthcare-

8. Baptist Health South Florida
(Talent in all areas, especially RNs, allied health professionals and clerical/administrative staff)

9. Mayo Clinic
(Nursing, laboratories (e.g., research and lab technicians), healthcare professionals (e.g., pharmacists and therapists)). 

10Methodist Hospital System
(Management, nursing, clinical professionals, non-clinical professionals (such as IT and HR), entry level support services (such as housekeeping and dietary) and administrative/clerical jobs) 

11. Scripps Health
(Executives, managers, staff nurses (RN), imaging techs, pharmacists, IT, and service and support people)

-Retail-

12Publix
(People for retail grocery stores, information systems, manufacturing, distribution and other support offices)

 13T-Mobile
( Retail sales, customer service, sales, engineering & operations, EIT, finance, product development, legal affairs, business operations, human resources, marketing, integrated customer experience, corporate communications )

14Whole Foods Markets
( Retail and non-retail. Positions range from administrative jobs like accounting and IT to store-specific jobs in all departments) 

15. Wegmans
(Grocery store in the northeast looking to hire for in-store positions)  

-Technology-

16. Cisco Systems

17. Genentech
(People in engineering disciplines and customer advocacy)

 18Google  
(Engineering, marketing, product management, people operations, legal, sales)

19. Microsoft
(software design engineers, financial analysts, human resources, administrative and marketing and sales talent, particularly in online ad sales) 

Other

20. Burns & McDonnell
(Engineering, architecture, construction management) 

Should College Students Be Allowed to Pay for Internships?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

It appears that nowadays in order to get an internship, you don’t have to be more qualified than your competition, you just have to be wealthier. In her WSJ column today, Sue Shellenbarger explores the phenomenon of parents paying big bucks to secure internships for their children.

Don’t feel like fetching coffee or filing paperwork? No problem. Just ask your folks to buy you an internship where you’ll be guaranteed a few weeks of “quality assignments” at your dream job. The asking price: anywhere from $3000 to $12,000.

Fundraisers for charities are even benefitting from this practice. According to the two fundraising Web sites mentioned in the article, internships are being auctioned off as a way to raise money for all sorts of non-profit organizations. A one-week internship at a music-production company went for $12,000 just last month.

Some of the organizations that take part in selling internships include: Rolling Stone, Elle magazine and Atlantic Records. You’ll want to contact University of Dreams if you’re interested in those types of internships and more. But you can also pay your way to an internship on Capitol Hill, by signing up with the Washington Internship Program.

I personally find this practice appalling, but I understand wanting to get ahead in your career. Also, I don’t blame parents for wanting to make sure their kids get the best start in life, but I do blame companies for expecting college kids to not only work for free, but to make them pay thousands of dollars? Before I finally landed a job as a television news producer over ten years ago, I completed three unpaid internships that I didn’t even receive college credit for. But, there is no way I would have been able to pay thousands of dollars for those internships.

I imagine we will be seeing more and more of this. So what do you think?

If you’re currently a college student searching for an internship, would you be willing to pay thousands of dollars to gain experience that you might not otherwise be able to get in this economy? Or, do you find this trend caters to the rich and creates an unfair advantage in the workplace?

If you work for a company that offers these types of internships, what is your opinion?

Read the full WSJ article.

How to Land an Internship Right Now

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Did you know that companies need more help during a recession than when the economy is actually thriving? It’s true and the reason is simple. When companies have layoffs, fewer employees are expected to do the work that several employees once did. While this period of being overworked is no fun for the employees, it’s your ticket to securing an internship that otherwise may not have existed if the economy was in better shape.   

So where do you find all of these newly created and available internships? First, realize that not all of these internships have even been identified yet. So, that means there are two types of internships available to you. 

  1. Internships available through formal internship programs within companies and that may be advertised through your on campus career center;
  2. Internships that companies create after you approach them and ask for one.   

I can tell you from my experience, that all of my former bosses wanted to hire interns at every single company I have ever worked. Often I was tasked with hiring interns, and I ran into the same problem over and over again. If I called up the campus career center and asked to be connected with professors who taught the subject matter we were interested in, the person answering the phone would insist that I open some online account with them and post jobs through the web site. That way, any student, whether they had the type of experience we wanted or not, could then post their resume for us, or send us an email. This process is cumbersome, and frankly just plain annoying. Forget it! 

Now, when students  approached me through email and explained how much they wanted to do an internship with our company, that would get my attention right away. Especially if we had not listed an internship opportunity anywhere. When a student takes the initiative to create their own job description and propose what the internship could look like, I know that student will have the ability to move initiatives forward as an employee as well. 

By the way, professors are great referrals because if they are impressed by a student, chances are an employer will be too. Professors teach hundreds or thousands of students each year. If they think you’re a standout, I guarantee an employer will think you’re outstanding. While you’re still in school, and even after you graduate, make it a point to be on good terms with your professors. 

So where can you find internships? Here’s a few creative ways to land an internship right away:

  1. Visit the web sites of companies that interest you. Write a letter to the person in charge of the division at the company you want to work for. Forget the HR department for now. And this is not a cover letter. It’s a letter explaining your deep interest in this company,  and more specifically in that division. Clearly state that you want to do an internship for them, that you’ll work for free, and that you’re available immediately for part-time. 
  2. Pick up the phone and call the person you want to work for. Ask if you can send over your resume and again, explaining your deep interest in this company,  and more specifically in that division. Clearly state that you want to do an internship for them, that you’ll work for free, and that you’re available immediately for part-time. 
  3. Visit or call your campus career center and ask to learn about any opportunities they know about that may not yet be online.
  4. Ask your professors, family, and friends about any companies they know of that might be willing to hire an intern. 

Most of these positions will be unpaid, but don’t let that deter you from pursuing the internship. Don’t be put off if you don’t get college credit for the internship either. Getting experience in your chosen field, even unpaid/no credit experience, is worth ten times more than showing up to a job interview with a 4.0 GPA from your undergraduate university and having zero job experience. Employers want to know you can put theory into practice. And even if you’re only getting coffee for the senior executives at the company during your internship, you’re benefiting from learning about the decisions they have to make on a daily basis. You’re getting exposure to the industry. You’re learning the lingo of your chosen profession, which is not taught in the classroom. In other words, you’re starting (just starting) to pay your dues. So don’t let an unpaid internship slip through your fingers just because you think you should get paid.

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Five Tips for Getting Hired in a Bad Economy: Class of 2009

Friday, January 9th, 2009

For the Class of 2009, it’s not turning out to be a happy new year for career planning, as the job market hasn’t been this scary since 1945. The Labor Department’s latest report reveals the U.S. unemployment rate is the worst it’s been in over 16 years at 7.2%: the highest rate since 1993. In 2008, an astounding 2.6 million jobs were lost with 73% of those jobs disappearing in the last four months of 2008. With more than 11 million Americans out of work right now, college seniors are now panicking about their own impending job searches.

There is good reason to be nervous about the current job market. In fact you would be silly not to be worried. But if you’re a college senior who is planning to graduate this spring, here are six tips to make your job search a little less stressful.

  1. Become an intern
    If you haven’t yet completed an internship, apply for one immediately. Not all internships are full-time. Companies that offer unpaid internships may be willing to allow you to work part-time or have more flexible arrangements that won’t interfere with your school schedule. And be creative about approaching a company for an internship opportunity.
  2. Begin the job hunt now
    Start your job search early. Start networking with friends, family, and professors; tell them about your job search and what type of a company/role you would be a good fit for. Reach out to people in your network and request informational interviews. Be sure to send handwritten thank you notes to anyone who takes the time to speak to you, even if their advice does not ultimately help you land a job. You should also get to know the staff at your college career center. Take advantage of the services they offer such as information sessions, on-campus interviews, mock interviews, career fairs, career skills assessments tests.
  3. Work for the government
    Consider government jobs. In 2009, the government is going to be one of the best resources for entry-level jobs. Check out the links on this blog for resources regarding how to find government jobs.
  4. Take advantage of the opportunities in education and healthcare
    Explore a career in education or healthcare. According to the U.S. Labor Department, these are currently the only two growing sectors of the job market. Over 45,000 jobs in these sectors were created in the past year. 
  5. Don’t live beyond your means 
    When you finally do get a job, do yourself a favor and be smart about your living arrangements. Live someplace where your rent each month will be extremely affordable. This could mean moving back home, or living with several roommates to make the rent manageable.

Internships in Publishing

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

If you’re interested in a career in the publishing industry, check out these companies that offer paid and unpaid internships.