April 27, 2011

Legal Interning Tip #5

A law office an be an intimidating place.  They are filled with intelligent people in expensive suits who are busy being very busy and who often expect you to complete difficult tasks quickly.  It can be hard to get to know anyone in this kind of environment, and it is easy to lose yourself in trying to impress higher ups with your work.  Don't let the formal surroundings and stress get to you.  The lawyer in your supervisor wants you to do a thorough and efficient job, but the human in your supervisor also wants to work with someone who's interesting and fun to be around.  Don't get so lost in your work that you forget to take the time to relax and get to know your supervisor or anyone else in the office on a human level.  These relationships are invaluable, and will give you an edge whenever you need a recommendation or when the firm is looking to hire.  So work hard while you're at the office, but not so hard that you miss opportunities to relax and have fun with your coworkers.

- Lauren
lauren@internlikearockstar.com | Twitter: @Musicn3rd

April 26, 2011

Resume Layout Design

On average, each resume is either kept or rejected within 10 seconds of review. What does your resume look like? Do you have your name and contact information centered at the top? Underneath that do you have your education and work experience listed with the company name and position on the left, the dates your were involved on the right, and a bulleted list of your accomplishments there below? This seems to be the standard recipe for resumes so, if your resume sounds a lot like the one I've just described, then it pretty much looks like that of every other young job applicant out there. So how can you make it stand out?

In creating a resume, a lot of emphasis is placed on content and organization, which are the most important elements, but if you only have 10 seconds to leave an impression, you don't want to neglect the very first thing people notice -- the design. Potential employer may not realize they are judging a resume at all by how it looks, but on a subconscious level, they are. You want a design that's clean, simple, and easy to scan for the important bits while also breaking that cookie-cutter mold.
So how do you do all that? A great way to start is by looking up resumes of professors, colleagues, and other students that you know. Many people these days have online portfolios with their resumes posted. Look through these and see if there are any in particular that catch your attention. You can also do a Google search for resumes for your industry.

Some things you might want to try to spruce up your resume:

  1. Add an accent color - I'd recommend no more than one color and limit its use to make key items pop

  2. Add a logo/brand/original icon that represents yourself and your work

  3. Use a two-column layout instead of a one-column - I really like resumes that had a large column on the left with work/education details and a narrower column on the right listing skills/programs. This makes it easy for employers looking for particular skills to look through them all at a glance.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
khazard@internlikearockstar.com | @katie_hazard

April 21, 2011

Success Stories -- With a Little Help from my Friends

So, once upon a time there was this guy named Stephen King. At this point in my story, no one knew who he was and he hadn't yet published a single novel. Now, there are two different versions of this story that I have found, but no matter which one is closer to the truth, I still think it's pretty inspiring...
Version 1 - As Stephen began writing his first novel, Carrie, he didn't like the way it was turning out and threw out the first pages he had written. His wife then fished them out of the trash, read them, and encouraged him to continue with the story.
Version 2 - Stephen King finished his first book and submitted it to be published. Sadly, it was rejected but Mr. King was persistent. He resubmitted the novel 30 times. All rejected. At this point, he was so frustrated that he threw out the pages of his book. His wife rescued the papers and encouraged him to try just one more time...

His first book wasn't such a hot seller but now he is now one of the most prolific authors of our time, with film adaptations of many of these stories. Personally, I think the first version of the story seems the most likely but what they both have in common is the encouragement of a close friend. Sometimes as we go after a goal, people (ourselves included) get in our way and put us down. Surround yourself with people who support you in what you're trying to achieve and definitely give a pep-talk when they're down too! Success isn't just a one-person journey.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
khazard@internlikearockstar.com | @katie_hazard

April 20, 2011

How to Handle a Job Fair: Prepare in Advance

If you're looking for work, you'll probably be headed to at least one job fair in the coming months. This time of year, most schools tend to host their own fairs and there are countless more held by various organizations all over the country. When you arrive at one though, it can be tough for even the most confident and outgoing people not to feel like a cow in a giant herd. It is easy to feel lost and overwhelmed in the shuffle. There are usually hundreds or thousands or people competing for a few positions at anywhere from 30-100 companies. You only get a few minutes to make an impression and it is nearly impossible to stand out in a sea of people. I know The key though, to success at a job fair, is preparing in advance and following up after. Here's some tips on how to prepare beforehand. Another post will follow shortly with how to handle the followup. 

April 19, 2011

Music Industry Summer Programs:McNally Smith in St. Paul Minnesota

If you're in high school you may be a bit too young to do an internship this summer. Not to worry though, there are still many other great ways to learn about the music industry. One of the best is through music industry summer camps and programs. This is part 3 of my series on summer programs around the country. You can check out part one on Philly and part two on Boston. Today's is about a program in St. Paul, MN.

McNally Smith
August 16-21
St. Paul, MN

McNally Smith is a great music college with many different degree options for people interested in working in the music industry. One of my favorite parts of their programs is their willingness to work with students to help them find a great internship and housing. In fact I made some great friends from McNally through an internship in LA. Their school helped them set up everything and even offered a nice place to stay.

In they summer McNally Smith turns its attention to the high school crowd though and offers a week long music industry program for students age 13-19. For the first time this year McNally Smith will also be opening up it's dorms to host summer workshop students that need housing.

Students in the program can choose to concentrate in either recording, performance, or business and take classes taught by the school's faculty. The program costs $400, lunch is $60 a day, housing is $400, and airport pickup is $50. You can register for the program or find out more info here.

April 17, 2011

Blogger's Choice Award Nominations, Vote for Us!

Fellow blogger Lauren came across this online. Apparently, this blog has been nominated in 4 categories for the Blogger's Choice Awards: Best Marketing Blog, Best Blog of All Time, Best Blog About Stuff, and Best Education Blog.

That is exciting and thank you to those of you that nomiated us or voted so far. We are so greatful for the support we get from our readers and love being able to help you reach your goals. So, in turn, please help us out by clicking the banners below and heading over the Blogger's Choice Awards site and voting for us. Thanks so much!

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April 14, 2011

Google Me - Is your online identity turning away potential employers?

The good news is, that if a potential employer or a member of HR is searching your name on the internet, there must have been enough in your resume to peak their interest. The bad news is, if your wild, less professional side is posted anywhere on the internet, they're likely to find it and it could prevent you from getting that interview or job offer letter. So before you send out that resume letter, consider your online identity and the accounts associated with your name.

Do you have a professional email address? For personal emails to friends, you can use SexyBabe23@yahoo.com or kittenmittensFTW@hotmail.com if that's what you like to identify yourself with. For more professional exchanges, however, it's a good idea to have a clean email address with just your first initial and last name or something similar to that. A professional email address is particularly important to have because you probably have your email listed on your resume, right? (Psst, if you don't, you should!). Keep it simple, keep it clean.

April 13, 2011

Legal News: COICA

What It Is:
COICA stands for the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act.  It is a bill that has been proposed in the Senate that would allow the Attorney General to bring an in rem action against any domain name that is found to be “dedicated to infringing activities.”  Dedicated to infringing activities could potentially mean anything from merely linking to infringing content or where counterfeits are sold to hosting copyrighted works without permission. Once a judge has agreed that the site in question has met the criteria, the Attorney General would then be able to compel the registry or registrar to block the domain name, online advertisers to cease placing ads on that domain name, and financial transaction providers (like Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal) to stop processing transactions associated with that domain name.

Why It's Important:

April 11, 2011

Music Industry Summer Programs: Berklee College of Music in Boston

Summer is usually about internships, but if you're a high school student there can be another great way to learn about the music industry over your break: summer programs. Here's the second part of my series on different music summer programs around the country. Today's is in Boston. You can check out the first part on Philadelphia here

Berklee College of Music offers a two day workshop about the music industry that includes various workshops, breakout sessions, and panel discussions. Berklee also offers a music production workshop that offers courses in synthesizers, production, recording, media scoring, and more. Berklee also offers a number of other workshops including songwriting, vocal performance, guitar, and day sessions for middle school students. The programs all have varying dates and fees but, other than the day sessions for middle school students, participans must be at least 15 years old when the program begins.

You can find out more information here: Berklee Summer Program

April 07, 2011

Music Industry Summer Programs: Drexel University in Philadelphia

Summer is coming up and for college students that tends to mean internships (I say college because most programs require that the intern receive college credit for the internship). For high schoolers though, even if you can't find an internship, it can still be a great time to learn more about the music industry and get some experience. Many colleges with music industry degree programs actually offer special summer programs about the industry geared to high school students. Participating in one is of course a great way to learn and meet other students with similar interests, but it can also be a great way to test out the programs and figure out if it is for you. So, over the course of the next few weeks I will be highlighting some great music industry summer programs from all over the country (maybe even a few outside of the U.S.). Today, because I'm admittedly a bit biased, I'll be starting with my alma mater, Drexel University.

Drexel University
Music Industry Summer Program
July 17-23
Philadelphia, PA

April 06, 2011

Don't Take No For An Answer:Lessons from Silicon Alley Job Fair

When you're looking for a job the words "no" and "rejection" might seem far too familiar. Surely you've heard the phrase in this post's title before:"don't take no for an answer." You may have even frustratedly wondered how that's actually possible. After all, you don't usually get that much of a say and you can only be so pushy and enthusiastic before it becomes annoying, right? So what exactly are all these crazy people talking about when they say not to let no be an answer? Well, a little creativity and open-mindedness can help you turn that disappointment into an opportunity and the upcoming Silicon Alley Job Fair is a fantastic example (not to mention a great, upcoming outlet for helping you in your actual job hunt).
Silicon Alley Job Fair
The story begins with the New York Startup Job Fair taking place this Friday in New York City.

April 05, 2011

Interview - Avoiding Negative First Impressions

The other day, a potential candidate for an intern position at my company came in for an interview. Some poor planning and a bad sense of direction caused her to arrive 50 minutes late. Having not called ahead to warn of her lateness, the poor girl pretty much had no chance of saving her reputation in the eyes of the company. To give the girl some practice at interviewing, the woman giving the interview fished the girl's resume out of the trash bin where it was tossed approximately 40 minutes prior to her arrival.

This unhappy incident has inspired me to write to you about some tips to avoid making a negative impression before you've even had a chance to answer interview questions. First impressions are hard to break, so you want to make sure you don't start off badly.
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