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5 Strategies To Turn Your Internship Into A Job

This question comes from Cassandra in Northfolk, Virginia and she writes: “I finished my degree in paralegal studies in August 2013 and I’m currently interning at two private practices. I wish to continue with my education and obtain a Bachelors Degree, however I’m currently looking for employment. Do you have any advice as to how I can get my foot in the door so that I may build on my experience?

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Well, first off, let me start off by saying congrats on getting your internship at two practices and congrats on finishing your degree in August. Good job, Cassandra. Okay, so here are five strategies to turn your internship into a job.

  1. Make sure you intern at a company where you would like to work. And one way that you can decide is you could think about the products or services. Maybe you’ve heard a lot about this company or organization and you really would like to work there. Maybe from friends and family that you know that worked there previously. Another way, which is quick and easy, is remember that big yellow book? Yeah, the Yellow Pages. Yes, you can do it online too. It’s already broken down in categories for you. It can’t get any easier than that. Your major is Paralegal Studies. Go to Yellow Pages online, type Law Firm and a city or state near you, and guess what? Boom, there it goes. It pops up a whole bunch of law firms where you can intern.
  1. Establish your goals during week one. Schedule a meeting with the manager. During the meeting, you want to discuss the specific skills you’d like to obtain and projects that interest you. Go to LinkUp. I love LinkUp. You all know that. If you listen to me, I talk about LinkUp a lot. It’s one of my favorite job boards. Type in the keyword box the position you would like to have for example, Paralegal. Leave the city and the state blank because, at this time, it’s not necessary to have the city and the state. Pick a job that interests you and read the job description. Now, what you want to do is pay close attention to the requirements listed, because you will need to find your specific skill set that is needed for that position. This is what you’re going to want to discuss during your meeting with your manager your first week.
  1. Work hard. You need to work hard when you get this internship. Come to work early and stay late. Have a positive attitude and eager to learn. When someone gives you an assignment, have a will-do attitude. If there’s a deadline to finish, I totally recommend that you make sure that you do that assignment. Complete that assignment before the due date, that’s impressive. That’s what you want to do leave your mark and take the initiative. Be creative and share your ideas. Make sure your ideas save the company money, time, make them more money or get them more clients. That’s important to the company and the bottom line, it’s all about the money.
  1. Be a student. Yes, I know it’s an internship, but always carry a notebook, pen, take notes, and always be ready to learn. If or should I say when an employee or customer pays you a compliment, make sure you write that down. If it was sent to you by email, keep that; or if they sent you a thank you card, make sure you keep these things, because this is great to add to your resume. Keep track of all your accomplishments and your contributions. That’s important as well. And make sure you write down names, numbers, email address, and keep in touch with your colleagues, especially the manager after your internship ends. You want to keep in touch with them at least once a month. Most importantly, make sure you send a thank you card to everyone that you worked with, a few days after your internship ends. You just want to keep those lines of communication open and make sure they remember you. Make sure that they know that you appreciate the internship.
  1. Network, network, and network some more. Interact with vendors, customers, distributors, and suppliers. Customer service is everything. Everyone is a customer, so be a team player and ask how you can be of service.

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Rescue My Resume

This Rescue My Resume segment comes from a Jacksonville, Florida job seeker named TJ. He is looking for an Academic Dean Campus president, student affairs or regional president position at a college or university. TJ’s résumé will be different than most job seekers who may be looking for work outside of a college or university.

Would you like your résumé critiqued? If so, all you have to do is send a request by email. In the Subject Line, type: “Rescue My Résumé,” and your name, then attachment the resume in a Word document so I can critique your it on Rescue My Résumé Segment of this show.

Here are 5 tips that you need to consider when creating your résumé.

  1. One is to make sure that you tailor your résumé to a specific position. Looking at TJ’s résumé, he has tailored it to a specific position that he’s interested in. You don’t want to make it difficult for the recruiter or the hiring manager to decide what type of job that you’re looking for and, in TJ’s case, what type of teaching position is he looking for. It’s important to tailor your resume.
  2. Target colleges and universities where you would like to work. The reason why you’re going to do that is because you’re going to do some research. Take a look at past and present faculty member’s LinkedIn profile where you would like to work. Research where they worked previously before they started working at the college or university. Where did they teach, write it down, because you could try to get a position at that college or university where they used to work.
  3. Research past and present LinkedIn profiles of faculty member’s skills. This helps you to understand that most likely you need to add those skills to your résumé. The college or university is looking for those particular skills, so definitely use LinkedIn to your advantage. It’s a free resource, so take advantage of it.
  4. Schedule informational interviews, they’re so important. You want to try to get an informational interview with the Head of the Department where you would like to teach, or you can also get an informational interview set up with the recruiter if that’s possible. Targeted faculty members that used to work there in the past or currently working there because they are such a great resource. You can get so much information from the past and present faculty members like what they look for when hiring someone at that college or university. Faculty can give you information about their previous colleges and universities where they used to work. Faculty members can advise TJ what to do or what would help him get the position. TJ’s résumé is for a teaching position at a college or university, so it’s going to be a lot different and I would strongly suggest that all job seekers set up an informational interview. Talk to current and past employees, faculty members; ask if they can critique your résumé.
  5. Create a resume checklist. You can’t go wrong with a checklist to help create your resume. On the checklist put all the steps above, it will help to make sure that you don’t miss important components on your resume. Make sure your contact information is located at the top of the resume, aligned correctly and in your summary, there’s no fluff. Focus on your experience, self-management skills, and accomplishments.

Your resume should be easy to read within 30 seconds. Let’s just face it recruiters are not going to stay on your résumé very long. Recruiter’s responsibility is to fill the job quickly with the best person qualified.

Make sure that you have core components such as your strengths, general skills, computer skills, and of course industry-specific skills. I would also suggest, those job seekers have testimonials on their resume. I’m not saying a whole book or like seven people, but at least one strong testimonial from someone in an upper management or higher-level position. Maybe the Dean of one of TJ’s previous college or university where he used to work or something like that. Have a quote that’s one to three sentences long of skills that a co-worker said about you would be great. The testimonial needs to be specifically about your accomplishments. I think a testimonial would be very impressive to have on a job seeker’s résumé. Have quantitative accomplishments on your resume. Make sure that you are using action words. If you no longer work with the company, college or university, make sure you use past tense, because you no longer work there.

Of course have your education on your resume. What I noticed on TJ’s résumé, is that he had his education at the top. Now, this is just my opinion and that’s how a résumé is. Everybody’s opinion as to what they think is best, so there really is no right or wrong way to write a resume. There’s just some ways that are better than others. I would strongly suggest because TJ’s have experience, he really doesn’t need to have his education at the top, because it’s going to be the assumption that TJ’s have the education piece; that’s why TJ’s want to teach. So, I would suggest TJ put his education at the bottom. A lot of times, when recruiters see education at the top, they’re making the assumption that you don’t have that much experience. I would consider making that change.

I notice TJ has quantitative measures on his résumé, which is great. TJ doesn’t have italics on his resume, so it’s very neat and easy to read on the eyes. There are some spacing issues that I see, so I would correct those, but otherwise I think TJ’s résumé is great, outstanding and I’m impressed. I’m not an expert in writing résumés for faculty, so I would definitely say contact someone in your network and have them take a look at your resume. In my opinion, TJ’s résumé looks very good; it’s nice and neat not overwhelming or too long. TJ has a lot of information that is necessary for him to indicate on his resume. So, I think TJ did an awesome job, and I just want to thank him for sending his résumé to me to be critiqued.

Would you like your résumé critiqued? If so, all you have to do is send a request by email. In the Subject Line, type: “Rescue My Résumé,” and your name, then attachment the resume in a Word document so I can critique your it on Rescue My Résumé Segment of this show.

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To Join Webinar, Or Not? That Is The Question

To join or not to join a webinar, that is the question. In short a webinar is when you receive an email with a link to gain access to an online training website. The training maybe a video or view the trainer’s desktop. This is a great way to get trained on something new and don’t have to leave your home. I always encourage job seekers to participate in a webinar to brush up on their skills, keep your skills current and know what’s going on in your industry. Click Tips2GetaJob Podcast to hear what I had to say about a webinar I participated in and my recommendation.







In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What is a webinar
  • Learn the latest on your industry
  • Keep your skills current
  • Network
  • How to find webinars
  • Search Engine
  • Associations

Items mentioned in this episode include:





Instagram App



O*Net Associations List

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Why You Didn’t Get The Job

Larry from LinkedIn stated that he has the education, experience and meets the all the employer’s requirements but why doesn’t he get the job? There can be several factors for why you didn’t land the job maybe, you didn’t brag during the interview. Usually we are told not to brag but during the interview is the time to ‘toot your own horn’. You need to share with the interviewee your strengths and accomplishments. Click Tips2GetaJob Podcast to hear the rest of the show!


In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Didn’t brag
  • Never had to try
  • Cookie cut answers
  • You talk too much
  • Attitude problem

Items mentioned in this episode include:


You better check yo self before you wreck yo self (lyric) -Ice Cube

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Talent Tuesday: Hugo Negron – Mngr, Ops Recruiting

Hugo NegronTalent Tuesday and our talent today is Hugo Negron he is a Manager of Operations Recruiting for Iron Mountain. He is responsible for running a team focusing on recruitment for all operational positions within the U.S. market.  Hugo worked prior as a lead recruiter for Dr Pepper Snapple.  He teaches resume classes on the side, and is also the author of the epic fantasy Forging of a Knight series, available both as a paperback and ebook.  Book two is coming out later this year! Click Tips2GetaJob Podcast to hear the rest of the show!



In this episode, here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Management
  • Recruiting
  • Resumes
  • Author
  • Book Review
  • How to find a job
  • Social Media

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Forging of a Knight 

Iron Mountain

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

LinkedIn: Hugo

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