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Posted March 13, 2015 by

Turning Volunteer Experience into Work Experience

Portrait of kitchen staff in homeless shelter

Portrait of kitchen staff in homeless shelter. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many young people finish college successfully only to find that their resume doesn’t have everything they need to land a job in their field. Although the job market is increasingly competitive, new graduates are advised to remember that their volunteer experience is a great thing to include when building their resume. Although traditional paid jobs are the most straightforward way to demonstrate experience to potential employers, people who volunteer on a regular basis should remember that unpaid work is a valid and helpful thing to exhibit as part of their experience history. (more…)

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Internship Finder, Don’t Forget to Follow Up with Previous Coordinators

As an internship finder, you might think that once this experience is over that it’s not necessary to stay in touch with the person who coordinated your internship.  However, in the following post, find out why it is a good idea to continue communication with any previous internship coordinators.

Featured: Featured If you’ve heard me speak before, you know my rule on staying in touch with professional contacts. You stay in touch with all of your professional contacts, past internship coordinators, past employers, and past co-workers three times per year! At my presentations I dance around the stage screaming this from the

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Posted June 12, 2013 by

Five Ways NOT to Ask For a Recommendation Letter (or Reference)

Rec letterApplication packages for college and graduate school often require a formal letter of recommendation from professional contacts who can attest to your readiness, work ethic, and intellectual talents. And when your formal education is complete and you’re making your way up the career ladder, references will play a strong role in your ability to win over potential employers and earn their trust.

But references and recommendation letters are not always easy things to ask for, and they can come with some inconvenience to the person you want in your corner. So how can you overcome your aversion to asking for favors, put your shyness aside, show the respect your mentors deserve, and get the backing you need to get ahead? (more…)