MY TYPICAL DAY/ RESPONSIBILITIES: NO DAY IS TYPICAL, BECAUSE THERE IS ALWAYS SO MUCH TO DO! HOWEVER, THE GENERAL STRUCTURE OF MY DAY IS A LITTLE SOMETHING LIKE THIS: WAKE UP BETWEEN 6:45 AND 7:15AM, I’M ON THE ROAD BY 8:20AM AT THE LATEST AND GET TO WORK BETWEEN 8:45 AND 8:50AM, SO I HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO SETTLE INTO MY OFFICE BEFORE MY WORK DAY STARTS AT 9:00AM. THE FIRST HOUR OF MY DAY I USUALLY ANSWER EMAILS AND CREATE A TO-DO LIST/GAME PLAN FOR THE DAY. MY MORNINGS ARE FILLED WITH POSSIBLE MEETINGS, BUT I USUALLY USE THIS TIME TO COMPLETE PROJECTS AND ASSIGNMENTS, SUCH AS CREATING CONTENT TO BE POSTED ON TWITTER, UPLOAD VIDEOS TO YOUTUBE, OR OTHER SOCIAL PROJECTS. I TYPICALLY TAKE MY HOUR LUNCH BREAK AT 12:30PM AND EAT WITH FELLOW INTERNS AND FRIENDS IN THE CAFÉ, WHICH IS NICE BECAUSE I’VE NEVER HAD TO EAT ALONE! AFTERNOONS ARE GENERALLY FILLED WITH MEETINGS AND FINISHING UP TASKS BEFORE I LEAVE AT 5:00PM. OVER ALL I HAVE A PRETTY NORMAL “CORPORATE” TYPE DAY, HOWEVER WHAT I’M WORKING ON ISN’T YOUR TYPICAL 9-TO-5.
THIS SUMMER I AM WORKING ON A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN THAT IS FEATURING INTERNS FROM CANON USA AND HIGHLIGHTING THE INSIGHTS PROGRAM, WHICH IS THE CANON INTERN PROGRAM. SO FAR THIS HAS INCLUDED COLLABORATING WITH HUMAN RESOURCES’ SOCIAL TEAM TO SET OBJECTIVES AND BRAIN STORM CREATIVE IDEAS FOR THE CAMPAIGN. FROM THERE I CREATED A SIMPLE SURVEY TO HAVE WILLING INTERNS FILL OUT, AS WELL AS PLAN AND TAKE PHOTOS OF EACH INTERN TO BE FEATURED WITH THEIR QUOTES AND CONTENT. I’M NOW SPENDING MY TIME CREATING GRAPHICS AND POSTING ON OUR SOCIAL PLATFORMS. BEFORE MY TIME WITH CANON, I NEVER REALLY KNEW JUST HOW ORGANIZED AND “BUSINESS LIKE” SOCIAL MEDIA COULD BE, IT’S BEEN REALLY COOL TO SEE IT USED IN A CORPORATE SENSE.
WORKPLACE CULTURE/ENVIRONMENT: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY DEPARTMENT. FROM DAY ONE THEY HAVE BEEN SO WELCOMING AND HELPFUL. I’M NOT AFRAID TO ASK (MILLIONS) OF QUESTIONS OR ASK FOR HELP. NOT ONLY ARE THEY HERE TO HELP ME SUCCEED, THEY’RE LIKE A LITTLE LIVELY FAMILY. SOMEONE IS ALWAYS CRACKING JOKES OR QUOTING THEIR FAVORITE MOVIE. THEY BRING FUN INTO THE “BORING” DAY TO DAY THINGS. THIS MIX OF DYNAMICS HAS ME EXCITED TO COME BACK TO WORK DAY AFTER DAY NOW FOR THREE WEEKS, AND MY INTERNSHIP DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A BURDEN OF A JOB, BUT FUN!
WHAT I AM USING FROM MY CLASSES AND EXPERIENCES AT CNU: I DIDN’T REALLY THINK THAT I WOULD BE LEARNING WHAT I APPLIED IN MY CLASSES TO THIS INTERNSHIP BECAUSE I’M TAKING A LOT OF DIGITAL WRITING CLASSES THIS FALL AND THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE MORE OF A PRE-REC EXPERIENCE TO THOSE CLASSES. HOWEVER I ACTUALLY, TO MY SURPRISE, USED A LOT OF WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN CLASS AND FORMER INTERNSHIPS WITH MY CURRENT ONE. THE OTHER DAY WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS HIGH END PRINTER AND HOW IT PRINTS IN MULTIPLE COLORS, THEY MENTIONED CYAN AND MAGENTA AND YELLOW INK COLORS, THIS WAS SOMETHING I HAD STUDIED IN MY MEDIA AESTHETICS CLASS THIS PAST SPRING, HAD I NOT BEEN IN THAT CLASS I REALLY WOULDN’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT THOSE COLORS MEANT. I’VE USED MY KNOWLEDGE OF FRAMING WITH MY DIGITAL PHOTOSHOOTS FOR THE INTERNS, WHICH HAS CREATED CAPTIVATING IMAGES. IT’S BEEN RATHER EYE OPENING TO PUT KNOWLEDGE I FORGOT I HAD LEARNED IN THE CLASSROOM TO USE IN THE “REAL WORLD”.
“You reach out to people with your résumé. But you attract people to you by projecting your personal brand and value with your LinkedIn profile. Creating effective messaging in both your résumé and profile is critical to a successful job search.”
-Arnie Fertig, U.S. News & World Report
Each LinkedIn Profile has a whole series of elements. Through them you introduce yourself and convey “what you are about” with your unique personal brand. Imagine yourself standing in front of someone you’re about to meet for the first time. Through your profile, you extend your hand in friendship and keep a smile on your face.
Unlike a résumé, on LinkedIn you don’t have to worry about the constraint of trying to fit everything into one or two pages. And because the website is social, you should be personable in the way you relate your unique story.
Here are the key steps in creating an informative and powerful profile:
1. Let them see your face. Social media is just that: social. Images are at its heart, and you therefore want to include a great, tight close-up of your smiling face filling most of the frame. Your background should show a tasteful contrasting color, and there should be no other object, person or pet who would compete with your face for attention. You don’t necessarily need a formal shot, but you should appear as a professional.
2. Tell who you are. Somewhere along the line, you will come up as a third-degree connection in someone else’s search results. LinkedIn stopped letting non-paying members see the name of third degrees, but you can easily remedy this. Begin your Background / Summary section with your name, on a line all of its own. Depending on your comfort level, you may want to also provide a personal address that you use exclusively for job-hunting, so that those who have a legitimate reason may contact you directly.
3. Own your experience. Include all your professional and educational roles, along with dates, in your experience section. You thereby can find and be easily found by anyone who overlapped with you at any of your previous employers or schools.
4. Convey your successes, not your responsibilities. Lots of people likely have or have had similar responsibilities to yours in one company or another. Listing your responsibilities just lumps you in with everyone else. You distinguish yourself by conveying what is unique to you.
With each position, explain how you confronted your responsibilities, what you did, how you did it, what obstacles you overcame and the results you achieved. You can share a series of short vignettes, at least one per job on LinkedIn, that no résumé will accommodate.
5. Remember that social means personal. While you would never use “I” on a résumé, and only sparingly in a cover letter, it is fine to speak in the first person on LinkedIn. And, by all means, avoid referring to yourself in the impersonal third person: “Mister,” “Miss,” “he” or “she.”
6. Gain credibility with references. LinkedIn’s “Endorsements” feature has yet to show substantial value for job hunters. By contrast, a solid well-written reference is precious. When people recommend you, their words appear in your profile, and are commonly searched by recruiting sourcers and hiring mangers.
It is well worth approaching former supervisors, co-workers, clients and customers who can relate something specific about your qualities, skills and value. Make it easy for them by structuring your request with reminders like this:
“Dear XXX, remembering that we worked together at ABC company on the Widget project in 2003, I hope you would write a recommendation for me that would show my involvement and contributions doing XYZ. As you recall, our team was singled out for our achievements of … and I would love to have that highlighted as well. Thanks in advance!”
7. Gain credit by association. LinkedIn groups are prolific, and you can be a member of 50 of them at any one time. Each group has its own logo, and can appear in the “Groups” section of your profile. By joining prominent industry, professional and skill-set based groups you can subtly suggest: “this the professional that I am, even without a job.”
While it is a great idea to join groups that focus on job search, to avoid appearing desperate you may not want to show more than a couple of these kinds of groups on your profile. Within each group, you can adjust whether or not to display that group’s logo by going into the “Your Settings” choice on the “More…” menu.
Once you have your profile completely set up, you are ready to utilize many of LinkedIn’s other functions and reap their rewards for your job search. Happy hunting.
URL for the article: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/04/23/7-steps-to-creating-the-best-linkedin-profile
Created by: Arnie Fertig, MPA, the founder & CEO of Jobhuntercoach. He coaches clients nationwide on the nuts and bolts of job hunting. Follow him on twitter at @jobhuntercoach.
Christopher Newport University and the CNU Center for Career Planning hold no rights on this article.
Picture Caption: I won the “Superhero award” for going above and beyond my responsibilities and doing extra ordinary tasks. When one of the other interns was unable to come into the office for medical reasons, I took the initiative and completed the tasks she needed to do without being asked by my supervisor because I knew someone needed to do it.
My typical day/Responsibilities: My day starts bright and early each weekday, I wake up at 4:45am every morning and I am in the office before 7am. Because I arrive at work so early, I am able to leave at 3:30pm every day. My typical day and major projects consist of testing different grant transactions to make sure that the FEMA funds given to the grantees are used in the correct way. We go through invoices and other financial documents checking the funds. My responsibilities include conducting first and second review testing.
Workplace Culture/Environment at my Internship: The environment is very welcoming and relaxed. We are instructed to dress business casual every day, which was hard for me the first few days because it felt wrong not wearing a blazer to work. My supervisors are very approachable and interns refer to everyone in the office by first names, also hard for me at first and now I’ve gotten the hang of it. The environment at FEMA is very different than what I was expecting at a workplace but I like it more than I thought and it makes the interns feel like equals to full time employees.
What I am using from my classes and experiences at CNU: I have been able to use many of the skills I used in various accounting classes to assist me in the testing process. I have used communication skills I gained while abroad to interact with other employees. I have used my leadership skills I gain from being a member of PLP to help others struggling to complete tasks. And I have used professional appearance skills I’ve gained from my sorority with regards to how to dress for business chapter and recruitment.
My typical day/Responsibilities: In phase 2 of my rotating internship with MWAA IT, I am involved in Tier 2 which involves Desktop Engineering. My typical day involves helping in the workstation migration project from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 7 Enterprise site wide at Dulles International Airport in compliance with the contract MWAA has with Microsoft. This involves re-imaging (renewing) computers, making sure files are backed up and software is reinstalled on workstations.
The Workplace Culture/Environment at my Internship: The workplace environment is diverse with a wide range of people as far as age, skills, and duties. Since usually airports fall under government rule, MWAA is no exception, there is very much a sense of bureaucracy throughout the organization. Even with Information Technology many things have to get approved through a line of command and security is highly held as the most important factor in operations.
My typical day: My typical day begins at 8am, I force myself to stop hitting snooze and get out of bed. I make coffee and get ready for the day, usually by 9 or 9:15am I’m out the door and on the bus, as I’m meant to be at work by 10am (I’m usually on time!!). I report to one of the futures editors at T&C so I always check in with her at the start of the day. The photo is the view from our floor at Hearst.
My Responsibilities: Normally I’m researching for upcoming stories, transcribing interviews, updating the culture calendar or organizing the Archives Closet.
The Workplace Culture/Environment at my Internship: Even though I intern at a magazine, the office is for the most part a quiet environment; everyone works at their desks most of the day on the editorial side of things.
What I am using from my classes and experiences at CNU: I’ve had to do a lot of writing throughout my internship thus far and am thankful to be able to use what I’m learning in my classes at CNU. Last year I took Dean Hughes’ Greek Life class in which we had to write multiple research papers; my writing skills were definitely honed through that experience and now when I have to write, research, or cite at T&C it comes very naturally to me!
Name: Meghan O’Neill
Major: Math Major with a Spanish Minor
Graduation Date: December 2016
Hometown: Annandale, VA
Internship Site: Busch Gardens Williamsburg
How I Found My Internship: Online through the Busch Gardens website, but I also talked to their representatives at the Career Fair in January
Memory/Something learned in first week: The first intern seminar we had was a backstage tour of the park. We got to go into the kitchen in Das Festhaus, which is the largest eating establishment on the East Coast. We also went into the Verbolten building and see the roller coaster run with the lights on, which is something very few people get to experience. I thoroughly enjoyed that because I am a roller coaster junkie!
Name: Madison Setness
Major: Communication and Political Science double major, with a minor in Digital Humanities
Graduation Date: May 2017
Hometown: originally from Oregon but have called Northern Virginia my home for the last eight years
Internship Site: Canon USA, Inc. in Melville, New York
How I found my internship: I first found out about the Insights Program with Canon USA, Inc. from an electronic flyer sent by the Communication department. I looked over the information and thought it would be a really cool opportunity, but New York was so far away and I knew no one in the area, let alone anything about New York City really. Canon USA, Inc. then came to the Spring Semester Career fair, and even though I had never been to a fair, I went directly to the Canon USA, Inc. booth and hit it off with the representatives.
Memory/Something learned in first week: Within my first week alone I’ve already been so welcomed. My department is so friendly, they even welcomed me with a Canon lunch box and not one but two notebooks because they didn’t know if I preferred a spiral notebook or legal pad for taking notes in meetings, along with other Canon goodies. In my first week alone I’ve already been able to provide creative input in meetings, sit in on many planning meetings, learn the basics in planning of social media, and hold my own meeting for a social campaign that I will be spearheading over the next nine weeks.