February 19, 2014

3 Things to Do When You Need Help As An Intern

You're at the office working on a project when suddenly you realize you have no idea what you're doing. You're a little nervous about asking anything and admitting your lack of knowledge but you're not sure what you should do. So what's the answer? Follow these three steps to solve problems as an intern. 

1) Don't Make An Ass out of U and Me 
Whatever you do don't make an assumption and start taking guesses. You could wind up doing something completely wrong and your boss won't be quite so understand when your completed work turns hot to be a waste of time and needs to be redone. It may even wind up being redone by someone else. If you mess up something big it could hurt your reputation so do not under any circumstances just decide to figure it out as you go. This isn't an attempt at putting together IKEA furniture (unless maybe it is because I've done that as an intern too in which case taking some guesses may be necessary), it's business and it's real money and real careers at stake here. Don't risk that with guessing games. 

2) When In Doubt Google It 
If the answer to the thing you don't know is something you could find on the internet try that first. For example, don't waste your boss's time asking what record label a certain artist is on (it's on Wikipedia) or which artist is number one on Billboard this week. Before you ask anything that isn't a specific industry or business question give Google a try. 

3) There Are (Almost) No Stupid Questions
You didn't find an answer on Google and you've made the smart decision not to assume anything. Great! It's much better to ask a question that may seem stupid than to waste time and mess up a project. For example, I once worked with someone who put the CD covers in sideways for an entire batch of CDs that was about to be mailed out. It had to be redone and nearly missed the mail deadline to go out that day. The entire situation could have been avoided though if this person had decided to speak up rather than assume the cover went sideways. It's better to ask a seemingly obvious question (after you Google it if possible) than to wind up making a costly mistake. 

February 13, 2014

Interview Blunders You Want to Avoid ( And 15 Amusing Real- Life Examples)

Did you know, according to a recent press release by Career Builder, almost half of employers say they know if a job candidate is a good fit within the first five minutes and almost all of them say they know within 15 minutes. Fortunately, they also gave a list of some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview and I wanted to share them so that you can avoid doing the same.

10 Most Common Major Interview Mistakes 
  1. Appearing disinterested 
  2. Dressing inappropriately 
  3. Appearing arrogant 
  4. Talking negatively about current or previous employers
  5. Answering a cell phone or texting during the interview 
  6. Appearing uninformed about the company or role 
  7. Not providing specific examples 
  8. Not asking good questions 
  9. Providing too much personal information 
  10. Asking the hiring manager personal questions 

10 Most Common Body Language Mistakes 

February 12, 2014

Music Industry Internship Success Panel Today at Drexel University

Reminder that today at Drexel University I'm moderating a panel on music internship success with some amazing industry experts. There will be a panel, a networking reception, and free food. Come say hello and learn something while you're at it. 



What:
How to Get The Most Out of Your Co-op Placement Panel

Who:
Where:
Drexel University
URBN Center
3501 Market St. 
Philadelphia, PA 

When:
February 12, 4:30-6:30pm

Why:
Free networking, learning how to be a great intern, and food. What more could you want?

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