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An Internship Retrospective

Amanda Pires is a member of the Steinhardt Class of 2016 majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication and minoring in Producing.  Here, she offers some tips on making the most of your internship.  

This past semester, I was an intern at S2BN Entertainment, a New York based live event production company.  Over the course of my four months in the office, I thought about what I wish I knew about interning before I had started.  Here are some tips to help you make the most of your next few months.

  1. Set goals that will keep you motivated – Have a conversation with your supervisor at the start of your internship about what experience they think you will gain, and what experience you are hoping to gain. These goals may change over the course of the internship, but will help in keeping you on track and productive.  About halfway through my time at S2BN, I found that I wanted to work more with event marketing, and when I updated my goals, my supervisor was able to make that happen.
  2. Ask questions often – Your supervisor does not want you to be lost in the work.  They will always be willing to help and will be impressed that you are making the effort to get the task right.  An internship is about learning outside of the classroom, and sometimes your own questions can expand upon something that a book cannot.
  3. Work with different departments & teams – If possible, ask your supervisor for the opportunity to explore different aspects and work with various teams at the company; you never know which one you may click with.  At S2BN, I found that I loved working with the marketing department, which has allowed me to pursue positions that will give me more experience within the marketing sphere.
  4. Network within the office – Meet as many coworkers as you can, during lunch, at the end of the day, or on a coffee break.  Introduce yourself to those you may not work directly with – you never know who will share the same passion for football as you – and stay in touch after your internship is over.

Interning can be an extremely valuable experience – so make the most of it while you can!

Wasserman Cover Letter Best Practices Guide

Writing a cover letter can be a daunting task. Especially for those who’ve never written one. Wasserman’s goal is to help simplify the process with the Wasserman Cover Letter Best Practices Guide.

Download it here: Wasserman Cover Letter Best Practices Guide

Need a little extra assistance with your cover letter? Don’t miss the upcoming webinar, Resumes and Cover Letters that Work (Friday, October 17th, 4:00-5:00pm). RSVP through NYU CareerNet!

 

10 Tips for Breaking into Brand Management & Strategy

On Tuesday, September 9th the Wasserman Center at the School of Professional Studies and the NYU Integrated Marketing Association hosted a career panel, “Breaking Into Brand Management & Strategy”. In case you missed it, we highlighted the 10 tips shared by panelists.

Panelists:

Amber Greviskes, SVP Professional and Enterprise Solutions, Qnary

Michelle Corbett, Manager, Talent Acquisition- Global Marketing, L’Oreal USA

Angie Chahin, Former Intern at Twitter and NYU School of Professional Studies student

1)    Begin to focus on the interest you aspire to and build a professional network of contacts. Panelists suggested that students always write down speaker names and follow up with them to show genuine interest in the field.

2)    Don’t forget about your professors. Leverage school presentations, classes, and events. NYU is here to help and professors have built careers in their industries over many years. Build relationships with your professors and use their office hours to learn more about breaking into their fields of expertise.

3)    Find an internship by presenting hidden competencies. Michelle shared that many companies, including L’Oreal, do not look for specific majors or experiences but rather hidden competencies such as curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit. Showing that no task is too big or small and that you’re not afraid of taking on different roles helps you stand out from other applicants.

4)    To land a brand management position, Amber recommended students show hands-on capabilities through course project work. Angie added that during interviews, she would highlight cases and projects she worked on in school and their impact.

5)    Michelle also suggested researching companies to gain a better understanding of specific departments dedicated to brand management and marketing. Read job descriptions to understand a company’s unique language. It will make searching and interviewing much easier to both the recruiter and yourself.

6)    Understand the differences between brand strategy and brand management.  Michelle explained how this depends on the life cycle of the product. Brand strategy is a long-term process that goes from initial concept to actual production; whereas brand management is the day-to-day life of the product. Rather than changing the product brand management can adapt to how it’s introduced to the market.

7)    Be creative. Angie learned during her Twitter internship experience that one must come up with innovative ideas for their client brands. Meet with your team, always do your research, and be in the know of what’s happening in the industry. 

8)    Always communicate clearly. Amber believes every conversation is an opportunity to sell yourself and your background. Always have a 30-minute elevator pitch ready. 

9)    For international students, make global background and experiences an advantage. Be open to a wide range of different opportunities and showcase language and cultural skills.

10) Michelle believes you can make an impression on your resume regardless of prior experience in brand management. In order to do so, ensure the employer understands your interest and that you’re highlighting the most relevant examples of the different things you’ve done. Take advantage of the cover letter to explain how and why you are interested in brand management and strategy and why you want to work for that specific company. Career changers should always emphasize their volunteer experiences in the field as well as leadership roles in school.

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Spring Break: 10 Ways to Get Ahead

  1. Clean up your Facebook page: Employers check applicants’ Facebook page, so it is important to clean up your Facebook page and set your privacy settings if you have any photos, posts, statuses, or comments you wouldn’t want employers to see. Your Facebook page is one way to market yourself. How do you want people to see you? Keep that question in mind as you clean up your page.
  2. Update your resume and cover letter: Too busy with class work during the semester to work on anything else? Spring Break is a great time to update your resume and cover letters.  You can get some of your friends or family to give you feedback. Sometimes another pair of eyes to check over your work may help you realize what you’re missing. You have plenty of time to finally sit down, open up your resume or cover letter and fix your format or add new experiences. If you need some help, the Wasserman website has several examples of resumes and cover letters!
  3. Go to the Wasserman Center: Didn’t know the Wasserman center was open over Spring Break? It is! With many students out of the city, there will be less of a crowd seeking to meet one of the career counselors. For those of you staying in the city, take a trip down to the Wasserman center and ask any questions you have about resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job search and anything else related to career development.
  4. Get started on your job search: With more time on your hands, get started on your job search early by researching companies you might be interested and get in touch with their culture, what they do, and how you might fit in. Take a look at possible career paths!
  5. Create a LinkedIn account: LinkedIn is a way to professionally market yourself and it’s a great way to network with others virtually. Many employers search for their applicants online and your LinkedIn profile will be on the top of their search.
  6. Practice Interviewing on InterviewStream or BigInterview: Wasserman provides you with many resources to improve your interviewing skills. With InterviewStream and BigInterview, you can practice interviewing and then see how well it went. With your roommate finally out of the room, you can turn on that camera and improve your interviewing skills. Come back from Spring Break being better at interviewing!
  7. Practice Interviewing with your family/friends: Here’s another way to improving your interviewing skills. Sometimes it feels more like the real interview when you practice with a person in front of you. During Spring Break, you have the chance to ask your family and friends you haven’t seen in a while to interview you. Ask for feedback; it is always great what suggestions and advice others have you.
  8. Sign up for the Wasserman Mentor Program: Take a look at the Wasserman Mentor Network. The program helps students explore careers by linking them to alumni and others. The mentors come from a variety of fields and are willing to share their expertise in that field with you.
  9. Reconnect with previous employers: Sometimes with all that is going on, it is hard not to forget to communicate and reconnect with previous employers. Spring Break is a great time to e-mail your previous employers and stay connected.
  10. Plan ahead and check out future Wasserman events: Get ahead and check out what Wasserman events are in line when you get back from the break. See what events fit your schedule or what best meet your needs, RSVP and write down the date and time!

These are just a few ways to help you get ahead during your Spring Break.

Join us Friday March 22nd at 12 PM on the third floor of Palladium for LinkedIn, Networking + Job Search 101 – hosted by LinkedIn!

Join LinkedIn experts for an exciting inside look into their amazing resources. Use spring break to revitalize your job search and networking skills, and your knowledge of the LinkedIn platform!

Bring your laptops and learn about:

What is LinkedIn?
Networking 101
Build Your Professional Brand
How Can LinkedIn Help You?
Start Your Career on the Right Foot
Searching for Jobs

To RSVP, click here!

Have a fun and productive Spring Break!

Resource of the Week: Linkedin

Resource Name: LinkedIn

Where to find it: www.linkedin.com

What it is: LinkedIn is a social networking site that’s actually all about professional network building for people who are about to enter or are already in the workforce. Think of it as a Rolodex where you’re able to connect with employers, friends, and professors alike to help expand your network of professionals.

Who it is good for: LinkedIn is beneficial for all students preparing to begin their job search who want to learn more about a particular business opportunity as well as employers seeking potential candidates.

Why you should use it: Through LinkedIn, you are able to follow different companies and get notifications about job offers available and even “save” jobs that you’re interested in applying for. It allows you to upload your resume or design your own profile to showcase your work experiences. You can review the profiles of hiring professionals and discover which of your existing contacts, such as friends, previous employers, and even professors, can introduce you to them. Link-in to this resource to stay connected to your dream job!

Interested? Read more here.

Also, don’t forget to attend Social Media + Networking for your Job Search Seminar on March 12th at 3:30 PM. To RSVP, click here.

Test Prep Tips: LSAT

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Unlike other admission tests, the LSAT is designed to both measure and project your ability to do well in Law School. Because of its unique format, it is essential to familiarize yourself with its format and the type of questions that will be asked.

Here are some tips to excel on the LSAT exam:

Practice everyday: Even if you are busy with school, 2 jobs and extracurricular activities, it is extremely important to practice at least one new section every day and to take an occasion quiz or practice exam.

Practice…and then analyze: When it comes to the LSAT, practice doesn’t make perfect. You must be able to understand the questions and the formatting of the exams. Spend a couple of minutes looking closely at the questions you have gotten wrong and how you could have gotten the right question.

Think critically and visualize: The LSAT tests your ability to reason and to think critically. However, don’t keep everything in your head. Draw pictures, diagrams, graphs, whatever you need to do in order to flex your logic. You must be able to understand complex hypothetical relationships between multiple objects and be able to express that relationship.

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Take a free practice test with Kaplan from a location near you, or from the comfort of your home online via Kaplan’s Classroom Anywhere.

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With Kaplan, not only will you get to experience a proctored exam, but you will also receive your test scores immediately and learn exclusive strategies to build your test scores.

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