Monthly Archives: March 2016

Internships—A Must for All Students

by Janet Mizrahi

We’ve been hearing for some years now that internships have become as important to future employment as an education. In fact, a recent study concluded that a summer internship is actually more important than a business degree.

As we march toward summer, you may want to remind your students about why they should actively seek internships.

  • Test drive a career. Perhaps the most important reason to obtain at least one internship while in college is to test the waters about different careers. Whether students are interested in law or fashion, they can never really know if a particular job is right for them unless they are exposed to its day-to-day realities. They can also explore a specific industry to discover if it appeals to them. Finally, through internships, students can determine if they prefer working at small or large organizations.shutterstock_253848799_March2016
  • Obtain real-world experience. Employers today expect new hires to have experience. Research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that 95 percent of employers consider a candidate’s experience when hiring, and more and more these employers are specifically looking for students who have had internships.
  • Develop workplace skills and behavior. Many internships provide on-the-job training. But just the fact that students will interact on a professional level provides a reality check that they simply will not get from class work. Internships will also be a wake-up call to students who may have turned in one-too-many late papers, behavior that is unacceptable in the workplace.
  • Build a network. A huge percentage of jobs are obtained through professional contacts, and the best way for students to reach beyond their immediate network of family and friends is to develop a professional network while interning.

You can help students jump-start their internship search, too, by offering the following pointers.

  • Contact family and friends for “ins” to specific firms
  • Attend job or career fairs at your college
  • Visit the campus career center to learn about its resources
  • Search specific firms’ websites for internship or entry-level job opportunities
  • Research using the 2016 ten best websites for finding an internship listed by Forbes.com

Of course, before the search for an internship begins, students should prepare meticulous cover letters and résumés tailored to specific organizations or industries. That is one area you know you can help them with!


How do you discuss the workplace with your students? Start a discussion!

Wardrobe Choices for Interviews ..Read This Before Starting a New Job…Four Skills Employers Seek

Wardrobe Choices for Interviews

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Knowing what to wear to an interview can be confusing, especially as styles become increasingly informal. Experts offer the below pointers to college students seeking work.

  • Avoid clothing that is obviously expensive unless you are entering the fashion industry. A boss may assume you come from an affluent background and do not need to work hard.
  • Wear accessories to spice up your outfit if you are entering a field requiring creativity. An Apple watch or a colorful tie can do the trick, but only if you wear such accents naturally.
  • Dress one step up from the current staff. If you know employees wear jeans, you should wear trousers, a button-down shirt, and a jacket (though not a suit).
  • Show you have good sense. If you are interviewing for a job in which you will meet with clients, dress as you would if you were going on a client call.
  • Trim facial hair. Beards are not a problem as long as they are neat.
  • Comb your hair—never go to an interview looking shaggy.

–from The Wall Street Journal

Read This Before Starting a New Job

Fresh with your new diploma, you are about to start a job. Don’t blow it! Follow these pointers before you show up for your first day.

  • Research the industry you are entering. Read trade journals and conduct Internet research to learn about the industry at large and where your new organization fits into it.
  • Be ready to work without hand holding. There is no syllabus to follow in a new job, and no one has the time to give you step-by-step instructions.
  • Act like a professional. Wear the right kinds of clothes, be punctual, and behave kindly and respectfully to those around you.

Once on the job, discuss what success in your job means with your boss. Does it mean meeting a quota? Gaining new clients? Set clear goals. Then learn the best way to communicate with your boss. Just because you are used to messaging systems, you may have a boss who prefers face-to-face meetings.

–from Payscale.com

Four Skills Employers Seek

You may be able to write code in your sleep, but that’s not enough to guarantee landing a job. Employers need new hires who also excel in the following soft skills.

Communication Skills. Over 70 percent of employers need new hires who write well and communicate verbally with ease.

Organization. Nearly every employer considers organization a key skill. This includes a neat workspace as well as clear thinking.

Leadership. More than 80% of employers look for evidence of leadership experience on new graduates’ résumés. Leadership can mean the ability to rev up a lackluster team or revamp a chaotic situation.

Relationship Management. Being able to form and keep relationships is key whether you work with the public or colleagues.

–from QuintCareers.com


What are your thoughts about wardrobe choices for interviews, advice for starting a new job, and must-have skills? Start a conversation!

 

 

Which One Is It? Me, Myself, and I

[Instructors: Download PDFs of the exercise and key at the end of this post.]

The misuse of me, myself, and I is generally caused by not understanding when to use the pronoun me. You’ve probably learned that I is always the subject of sentences–never me. Because people sometimes do not remember that fact, they overcorrect and avoid using me even when it is correct to do so. People also seem to feel more comfortable saying myself instead of me when me is actually correct. To clarify the use of the pronouns me, myself, and I, let’s review the grammatical rules for each:

The pronoun I functions as the subject of sentences.

A common mistake occurs when the subject of a sentence includes a noun and a pronoun. To test for correctness, remove the noun and examine for correctness.

My friend and I tried the paleo diet. (Me is never the subject.)

The pronoun me functions as the object of verbs and prepositions.

The most common mistake occurs when the object includes another noun plus the pronoun. Ignore the extra noun and then check for correctness.

Please call Jason and me when you arrive. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the verb call).

Send the forms to Lea and me. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the

preposition to.)

The reflexive pronoun myself must reflect on another noun or pronoun in the sentence.

The most common mistake occurs when myself is substituted for me because it seems more polite or more correct. But it isn’t!

You may give your donation either to Jon or myself me. (Never substitute myself for me. Remember that myself is correct only when it refers to a previously mentioned noun or pronoun, such as I myself am collecting donations.)

In the following sentences, choose the correct pronoun.

  1. Because we had overpaid, the IRS sent a refund check to my wife and (I, me, myself).
  1. My friend and (I, me, myself) both rejected the lentil loaf for our evening meal.
  1. Please remove the picture of my boyfriend and (I, me, myself) that appeared on your Facebook page.
  1. The employment counselor said that networking would work better for (I, me, myself) than searching the Web for a job.
  1. I was told that LinkedIn was the No. 1 social media site for (I, me, myself) to use in establishing my online presence.

In the remaining sentences, correct any errors in pronouns. Mark C if the sentence is correct.

  1. Do you know whether any messages were left for Michelle or myself?
  1. Jade and me heard that working as a freelancer or as a temporary employee is becoming more common today.
  1. I told our customer that she could always call the manager or me if she had any questions.
  1. Many complaints that were sent to Sam and I should have gone to the manufacturer instead.
  1. Can you meet my partner and myself in the baggage area as soon as our plane arrives?
  1. Your competed application form must be sent to Dr. Rivera or I before March 15.
  1. The agreement between the boss and myself was reached after my performance review.
  1. To prepare for our study abroad trip, Amanda and me took a conversational Spanish class.
  1. If the manager had just called Mike or myself, the problem could have been solved immediately.
  1. Although we are adventuresome, Rachel and me did not care for the seaweed and kale

Key

  1. Because we had overpaid, the IRS sent a refund check to my wife and me. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the preposition Ignore my wife and.)
  1. My friend and I rejected the lentil loaf for our evening meal. (The pronoun I functions as the sentence subject. Ignore My friend and.)
  1. Please remove the picture of my boyfriend and me that appeared on your Facebook page. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the preposition of. Ignore my boyfriend and.)
  1. The employment counselor said that networking would work better for me than searching the Web for a job. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the preposition for. Do not choose myself because the sentence has no pronoun or noun that it would reflect on.)
  1. I was told that LinkedIn was the No. 1 social media site for me to use in establishing my online presence. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the preposition me.)
  1. Do you know whether any messages were left for Michelle or me?
  1. Jade and I heard that working as a freelancer or as a temporary employee is becoming more common today.
  2. C.
  1. Many complaints that were sent to Sam and me should have gone to the manufacturer instead.
  1. Can you meet my partner and me in the baggage area as soon as our plane arrives?
  1. Your competed application form must be sent to Rivera or me before March 15.
  1. The agreement between the boss and me was reached after my performance review. (The preposition between requires an objective pronoun )
  1. To prepare for our study abroad trip, Amanda and I took a conversational Italian class.
  1. If the manager had just called Mike or me, the problem could have been solved immediately.
  1. Although we are adventuresome, Rachel and I did not care for the seaweed and kale smoothie.

Me,Myself,I-Key

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