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Posted May 05, 2016 by

Internships with small companies offer benefits

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Many students place a higher value on “prestigious” internships at places like Goldman Sachs for finance, CNN for media, and Facebook for technology. While there is definitely value in interning for these firms, most of that value is derived from the perception of other people. I would encourage students to look smaller. I think experience working for small businesses and organizations can be the BIGGEST hidden gem in your college career. This played out in my own recruiting process. One of the best internships I had was with a small investment firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. The office consisted of only 15 people, and the internship was unpaid. However, I think I learned three years of skills and knowledge in my three months with the company. I have also seen this take place for other students I have interviewed on my podcast “Interns on Fire.” More often than not, students have a better experience interning for smaller organizations and here is why:

1. More responsibility: Since these companies are smaller, they lack the bureaucratic red tape that prevents interns from doing meaningful work. These companies are often competing against larger companies with 10% of the workforce. This translates to more meaningful work for interns.

2. More diversity: For many of the same reasons mentioned earlier, employees for these companies wear multiple hats. They have to coordinate events, answer customer calls, process orders, and manage key strategic initiatives. Since they work across different divisions, interns are more likely to do the same. Therefore, they will not be siloed into just one role or with just one task for their entire internships. Interns will likely get the opportunity to work across many different areas.

3. Better culture: Typically, smaller firms have better cultures and camaraderie. Because they are smaller, they tend to focus more on hiring people who are good culture fits. Hiring one bad egg does a lot more harm to a small organization than it does for a Fortune 500 company. Working for a smaller organization will give interns greater access to potential mentors and friends.

4. Ability to make an impact: Given that many small organizations have so much to accomplish with so few resources, they are often spread thin. In many cases, there have already identified a few valuable projects they just haven’t had the chance to work on yet. This leaves the door wide open for interns to come in and make an impact.

Don’t be afraid to go smaller. It can be the catalyst you need to jumpstart your college career. An internship with the right organization can be a game changer.

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Carl Schlotman IV, guest writer

Carl Schlotman IV, guest writer

Carl Schlotman IV was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Carl completed six internships in his collegiate career with world-class financial institutions such as: Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs. After gaining experience with his internships and accepting a full-time offer with Wells Fargo Securities in Investment Banking upon graduation, Carl seeks to give back to younger students. He published his first book, Cash in Your Diploma, in April 2014.

Carl has spoken at several universities around the country to share his strategies and tactics for getting the job you want in the field of your choice, making the salary you desire. He also hosts a podcast highlighting the best student interns across the country, “Interns On Fire.”

Posted July 20, 2015 by

How to Make your Resume Scream “You Need Me”

The phrase Let Your Results Do The Talking on a cork notice board. A concept for using your successes to move forward in your career or business.

The phrase Let Your Results Do The Talking on a cork notice board. A concept for using your successes to move forward in your career or business. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

To set yourself apart from the pile of resumes that crowd a hiring manager’s desk, it’s important to show what you have been able to accomplish in previous roles. A resume needs to answer the question of “what are you going to do for my company?”. How you answer that is by showing what your successes and accomplishments have been in your previous roles and responsibilities.

Creating an achievements section on the first page of your resume or under each of your previous jobs is a great way to do this. (more…)

Posted December 17, 2014 by

Improving Productivity through Employee Recognition

Laura O. Tolentino

Laura O. Tolentino

Success in the business world is measured by turning a profit: Your business is at its best when you demonstrate that income outweighs expenses on your balance sheet. When the fiscal year ends, you take a closer look at those numbers and attempt to figure out where improvements can be made to increase overall efficiency. Whether you streamline the logistics process, eliminate non-performing sectors or re-allocate resources, improving the smooth functioning of your company is the goal.

However, many project managers miss out on a critical opportunity when it comes to increased efficiencies. Instead of looking at personnel and its impact on productivity, they take aim at other company assets and processes. The truth is that employees are among the most valuable components of a business, and they need to be nurtured and developed in order to reach their highest potential. Improving productivity through employee recognition is one effective way to show them their worth, so take the right approach when showcasing individual achievement. (more…)

Posted August 19, 2014 by

Applying for Entry Level Jobs and Want to Leave a Lasting Impression? Write a Letter

While most of us like communicating quickly in one form or another, sometimes taking our time to create a message can be more effective.  So, if you’re applying for entry level jobs and want to leave a lasting impression, consider writing a letter as suggested in the following post.

Effective communication is essential. Period. Whether it’s talking with coworkers in the break room, calling an out-of-state relative or even receiving a touching email from a forgotten friend, the need to convey emotion and information is fundamental to the way we interact. (Click here to tweet this quote.) Yet in our ever-connected world, brusque emails, limited

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Posted August 14, 2014 by

Want to Write a Resume Recruiters Will Notice? 7 Tips to Achieve this Goal

Job seekers, if you’re wondering how to impress recruiters with your resumes, the following post has seven tips that will help you achieve this goal.

Having been one, I know this for a fact: Recruiters are a cynical bunch! Having spent a large portion of their professional lives reading resumes, they have seen every trick in the book. And this makes them extremely hard to impress…

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Posted April 07, 2014 by

Writing Resumes for Jobs for Recent College Graduates? 10 Red Flags that Might Keep You from Finding Employment

In your search for jobs for recent college graduates, there are certain things employers don’t want to see on your resume.  Learn 10 red flags that might hurt your chances of finding employment in the following post.

Our friends at YEC asked members of their council to answer this question… Question: What’s one thing you never, ever want to see on a resume from a potential hire? Read on for some enlightening insights into the minds of some experienced businesspeople who may read your resume!

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Posted January 30, 2014 by

Haven’t Updated Resumes on Those Recent Graduate Jobs? 7 Reasons It’s a Good Idea

On recent graduate jobs, workers may not find it necessary to update their resumes.  However, the following post shares seven reasons why it’s a good idea to do so.

Work is going well, and you have a job you enjoy with great benefits. You feel like you have a future at this company. You have no intention of moving on anytime soon. You’re in a good place professionally, so you may never need to think about revisiting your boring old resume ever

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Posted August 13, 2013 by

Trying to Land an Entry Level Job? Volunteering May Make the Difference

If you are searching for an entry level job and looking for some work experience, consider volunteering as one way to help you stand out from other candidates.  Learn more in the following post.

By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com “Volunteering is not just a nights and weekends thing,” says Evan Hochberg, National Director, Community Engagement, Deloitte Services LP. “There are ways of viewing volunteerism at an intersection where it’s a win/win. It’s about maximizing the social impact you can have from volunteering and the

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