5 Tips For Landing An Internship

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Often times, getting your first big job out of college requires some kind of prior experience. This can be difficult to get as you have been in college the last four years dedicating your time to learning about the thing you want to do for the rest of your life. One good way to overcome this experience barrier is through getting into an internship for your desired place of work; however, internships can be extremely competitive. This time of year is when more and more people are preparing to apply for internships. Here are 5 tips to get ready for the internship that is best for you.

  1. Build a Resume: Having a well-structured resume is crucial to applying for an internship. Keeping your information clear, concise, and to the point is extremely important. The Vocatio Center on campus is excellent at helping create the perfect resume for you.
  2. Create a Cover Letter: Creating a letter specifically to describe why you are the best person for a specific job will give you a huge competitive edge over the other candidates. This one is often underutilized. Most people I have personally talked to have never created a cover letter in their life. Again, the Vocatio Center can help you create the best possible cover letter.
  3. Do Your Research: Make sure you know a lot about the places you are applying to. Does the company seem like a place you would want to spend 40 hours a week? Do past employees enjoy the work environment? If the internship is paid, what kind of pay has this company offered in the past? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you make the decision that is best for you!
  4. Apply to Multiple Places: Just like for college, it is a good idea to apply for a lot of different places. There is a chance you will not get your number one choice, so it is a good idea to apply for multiple places, just to be sure.
  5. Be Fully Prepared for the Interview: Once you get asked to come in for an interview, be sure you are completely ready. Have talking points prepared for any possible question they might throw at you. Don’t be afraid to talk yourself up! Being humble is good, just not always in an interview setting. Be sure to know a lot about the company, and be sure to explain how you can improve what they are doing there. Mock interviews to practice for the real thing are also offered at the Vocatio Center!

 

*written by Donny Turner

Top 5 Underrated Library Perks

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With so much to do and see in the library, it’s easy to overlook some of our resources. But, if you’re a student here at Union, the library has several perks for you that you shouldn’t miss out on! Check out the list below and make the most of your library experience.

 

Top 5 Underrated Library Perks:

  1. The Research Guides.

What’s your major? You name it, we have a guide for it. Using your subject’s Research Guide, located through the library website, you have access to a tailor-made list of the best databases, articles, books, and tips for how to succeed in your major. Check out the heavily-used Pharmacy Guide for an example: librarian Jeannie Byrd worked hard on this guide to help Pharmacy majors with their papers, clinicals, and careers. Instead of searching aimlessly online for resources, you can look to a Research Guide- the best resources have already been gathered for you!

 

2. The Recording Studio.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good podcast? Well, with the library’s Recording Studio, you can make your own! All current Union students, faculty, and staff can use the Recording Studio by reservation only, and reservations must be made a day in advance. This is easy to set up- you can make reservations online via our website. The Recording Studio is perfect for those who want to record but don’t have equipment of their own.

 

3. The Self-Check Machines.

When you need to check out in a hurry, the self-check machines are a great way to bypass lines at the Circulation Desk. Simply locate a machine, let it read your student ID barcode, and select the option to check out. For more info about how to use the self-check machines, check out this guide.

 

4. The Research Coaches.

If you need help with…

  • Framing your research question
  • Choosing where to look for resources
  • Using resources in the most effective way possible
  • Knowing how to evaluate different sources
  • Citing your sources accurately

…then a Research Coach is your best bet! The library has several professional Research Coaches who can help you with getting started on research projects. You can make an appointment with a Research Coach or simply drop in to visit one at the Research Desk.

 

5. The eBooks.

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Not everyone loves eBooks, and while you’re entitled to your opinion, eBooks do help the environment by cutting back on paper products. Plus, you can access an eBook anywhere, using a tablet, phone, or computer. We also have an option where you can download an eBook, if you know that you will be going somewhere without wi-fi but still need to read. Finally, since eBooks are easier to produce, many of the eBooks that we have in our collection are more current and cover a broader range of topics than our print books. Click here to learn more about how to download eBooks, and here to learn more about our eBook collection.

Featured Book: “Help Wanted: Tales From the First Job Front” by Sydney Lewis

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Making the transition from a full-time student to a full-time employee can be exciting- but it can also be a time of great unknowns. Help Wanted: Tales From the First Job Front examines this time of change from different viewpoints. Writer Sydney Lewis collected 25 stories from a variety of people about their early working experiences- how they found their first job, how they coped with busy schedules, and all of the lessons learned along the way. Once you’ve been established in your position at your job, it’s easy to forget about how you felt when you were first starting out. Help Wanted: Tales From the First Job Front tells stories that help you remember- or, if you haven’t started working yet, stories you can look forward to.

help wanted sydney lewis      From counselors to campaigners, Help Wanted allows each person to tell their stories. T.J. Devoe, a current college student with a florist delivery job, shares this advice from his employment stories:

I want to do something that’s gonna make me happy. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life thinking, “What could I have done?” I don’t want to sit back and think about all the things I could’ve been. I want to at least try, I want to take the chance. So, now I see what I want to do. I’m just striving for the goal.

I think you have to know yourself, know what you want to do, and what you want for yourself in the future, and then take the steps necessary to provide that. You have to go into every new situation thinking of how you want it to work for you. Sometimes that knowledge doesn’t come to you right away. You gotta experience, you gotta live, you gotta do.

Jenny Petrow, an office worker in an English-language program, explains the value of good coworkers:

In this office, I learned that the people you work with make a big difference- that it is important. We come from totally different backgrounds, but we get along well and really like each other. It doesn’t matter that I went to an ivy-league school and someone else went to a state university. It does not make a difference. We all do our jobs, hopefully well, and work together. Everyone helps each other.

There are countless other words of wisdom in Help Wanted. If you want the inside scoop on certain jobs, office cultures, finding work, and discovering your passions, check out Help Wanted!