March 20, 2015

How to Network As an Intern

I have a secret for you: Most people are willing to help students and interns. In fact, interning is a perfect excuse to meet with and learn from as many people in an organization as possible because people will generally be willing to sit down with you, discuss their role and how they got it, and give you advice on reaching your own goals. But, I have another secret for you that may not make you quite as happy: No one is going to make this happen for you (unless you have a really incredible manager, in which case go thank that person immediately).

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See, if you want to meet with people in the organization where you are interning, you have the perfect excuse to make it happen, but you can't expect anyone to make those introductions or set up those meetings (unless you want a meeting with someone who has an assistant that handles their schedule, but that's not exactly the point here). You have to be bold and do it yourself. Go out of your way to talk to the company's employees, introduce yourself, and ask if you can sit down to talk sometime. People are busy, yes, but if you're polite and respect their time, most people will be willing to make room to answer your questions. Here's how to make the most of your internship:

March 19, 2015

Intern FAQ: Should My Resume Have an Objective?

Most career websites and advisors will tell you to put  an "objective" -- a statement explaining what your goal is -- on your resume but is that really necessary?

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Not only is it unnecessary, it's a waste of space and you should take if off your resume immediately.

Your goal is to get the job that you're applying for and if you've applied for that job so there's no reason to say it. Everything that takes up valuable space on your resume should serve the purpose of convincing the hiring manager that you are right for the position and nothing else. In fact, an objective that isn't perfectly on point with the open position is more likely to hurt your chances because it shows you don't actually understand the job.

What about a summary? In theory, the summary is an improvement over an objective since the focus is to succinctly explain your qualifications but that's pretty ludicrous when your resume should only be one page. Your resume should already be short, focused, and easy to understand, so a summary is still a useless waste of space.

So, forget the objective -- and the summary-- and spend the space on your resume showing the best of your qualifications. That's exactly how you will manage to achieve your objective anyway.

March 18, 2015

Free and Discounted Access to NAB Show

NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show is the largest electronic media trade show in the world and it's taking place April 11 -16 in Las Vegas. It focuses on professionals with a passion for bringing content to life on any platform. This year, it includes a keynote speech by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a panel about The Walking Dead and a discussion with a cinematographer from American Sniper and much more. 

The show hosts many networking events, educational sessions, and even a career fair. So, if you're interested in radio, film, digital media, mobile technology and entertainment, television, audio, etc. there's something for you and we have free and discounted access exclusively for our readers.

Use the following code for a free exhibits-only pass: GA02
Use the following code for $100 Off a Smart or conference Flex Pass: GA07

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