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An internship provides the work experience that helps students put their education into practice, develop their leadership skills and give them a competitive advantage as they pursue a permanent position. Internships are a stepping stone to additional opportunities within an organization, including full-time employment. They are the best way to show potential employers that you can function well in a work environment. Here are some advantages of having an internship below your belt. You get a chance to gain experience and exposure  The job market is changing daily and also getting very competitive. As a recent graduate, internships help you integrate classroom knowledge with practical application and skill developed in professional settings. Internships also help you prepare for what to expect in your field and increase confidence in your work. As much as you gain relevant knowledge in your career of choice, you also get to establish important connections in the field. Build your resume With Internships, you gain exposure and experience in your career field hence giving you a head-start as employers want employees to have some sort of professional experience even in entry-level jobs. Creating a great impression during your internship can provide a great reference letter which may even lead to a potential job offer. Most of the open positions in an organization require work experience, and the best real work experience you can have is in your internship. Create networking connections  As a student, you have to establish important professional connections before you even reach graduation. Being an intern gives you more opportunities to build connections with company professionals that can be very beneficial for your future career. Internships provide an opportunity to learn from the people around you, ask questions, and impress. The professionals you encounter during an internship can be your future colleagues or the connection to your first job. Helps you know what you are passionate about A profession might seem exciting at first, but with a lack of experience, you might not know if it’s perfect for you. By doing an internship, you learn the things you would prefer to do and the things that you aren’t interested in, your strengths and your weaknesses. You can do multiple internships in various industries before you figure out the best path for yourself. Learn time management and teamwork Adjusting to a new timetable and colleagues can be a bit hard and overwhelming. An internship opportunity will give you the chance to learn punctuality, responsibility, and teamwork. Doing an internship exposes you to new people in a more controlled and stable environment.  Working with a team can help you learn how to divide tasks and collaborate with others to achieve a specific goal and meet the deadlines.  It also shows your potential employers that you can work well with others. In conclusion, having some internship experience makes you stand out from the competition. As a student, internships give you the chance to get a glimpse of what the business world is really like. Don’t just concentrate on your grades and miss the opportunity to intern with relevant organizations in your field of interest.
You crafted an appealing CV and a cover letter, landed an interview, and now you’ve gotten the job! Get into a positive mind-set and remember that truly fitting in with a new organization takes time. Soon you'll know the new people, the new work, and the new place. Here are a few tips on how to adapt to a new job. 1. Get to know your work environment If you really want to settle into a new job environment, you want to embrace the unknown as if it's an adventure that you've got zero idea where it will lead you, but it's well worth every minute spent on the ride there. You have to adopt to a company’s environment in order to succeed in the organization. Attend any training or orientation sessions provided. 2. Learn To help yourself adapt, start by learning as much as possible concerning the company which you're going to be working for. When you have no one to teach you, you've got to study what's happening. Be very observant at all times. Among the best strategies to adapt to a different environment is to get a goal that keeps you focused. And always ask question about anything that’s not clear 3. Develop a new routine One of the greatest strategies to adapt to another environment is to begin a routine and keep at it for a couple weeks until it becomes your new norm. It's simple to get that attitude, as you don't know whether your work is likely to mean anything tomorrow or the next week. You must have a positive attitude and be in a position to work with new technology and diverse co-workers in order to fully utilize your potential and creativity. 4. Build relationships . The relationships you have with the people you work with can easily make or break your experience. Immediately forging relationships with your co-workers will also help you transition more smoothly. Step out of your comfort zone and attempt to interact with everyone you work with. Introduce yourself and make sure you know your colleagues’ names and positions. These are the individuals who are likely to be your networking connections for years to come.   The experience of adapting to a new job doesn't have to be miserable. Do what feels comfortable and right to you even when you're trying to get used to a new situation.
Research suggests that first-time impressions shape perceptions of professional competence. While you’ve prepared your impressive CV and Cover Letter, researched about the job you are interviewing for, now you’ll have to work on your appearance. Your options will vary depending on the type of job and company you're interviewing with. Selecting your interview attire is the final detail that pulls all your efforts together. You need to look the part you are interviewing for and make a statement about yourself that will get the hiring manager listening to what you have to offer.         1. Plan your attire ahead of time   Planning your outfit allows you to deal with any wardrobe issues in time. Try on your outfit before the day of the interview to ensure it’s in perfect shape and avoid any last-minute alterations. Avoid anything too bright or flashy that will distract the hiring manager. Make sure it fits and also ensure you feel confident in it.              2. Dress for the job   Do your research, and find out what others in the company wear. Often, the industry itself can give you enough context to make an informed decision. Many offices and corporate environments operate in traditional business attire, in which case you should go for a conservative look like tailored suits. If it’s more of a creative or a start-up company with a casual edge, you can go for something a little more smart-casual. You should ensure that the attire you wear speaks volumes about your personality.            3. Be comfortable in your outfit   If you are uncomfortable in your outfit the interviewer can tell. Make sure your clothes are not too tight, too revealing, or too baggy.  Avoid wearing anything too short or too low cut as it might make you feel uneasy during the interview.  If you wear uncomfortable shoes, your walking style changes and as you walk into the interview room you will shift attention to how you walk rather than how you talk.           4. Keep makeup and hair to a minimum  Hairstyle should not distract the employer. Your hair should be professional and polished, like your entire outfit. As for makeup, think soft and natural. Tone down on bright colored eye shadow, lipstick hair, and nails.                5. Check yourself before walking into the interview room   Remove loose change from your pockets and turn off your cell phone. Check for any hanging cloth strings, unbuttoned or untucked shirt or uncombed hair.          6. Smile  Don’t forget to wear your smile. Putting on a smile and adjusting your body language can improve your mood and help you feel more confident. But not grinning wildly throughout the interview. If you aren’t sure of what to wear, call the office and ask the person who scheduled the interview for advice. Your dress code should then be topped up with a mild perfume, cologne or aftershave. “The clothes you wear and the way you groom yourself will change the way other people HEAR what you say” Tyler Tervooren  
While you’re in the interview hot seat watching for clues from your interviewer, he or she is busy watching you – looking for their own clues. Interviewers look for things they want to hear in your answers, ways you handle yourself during the interview, or simply some sign that shows them what you might be like if you worked for them. When it comes to the interview itself, listen carefully at the moment and respond naturally to the actual questions asked. Don’t jump ahead to practice your answer in your head while the interviewer is still talking. Trust yourself and find your own words. Be conversational, It will help you connect with the interviewer. So what exactly is the interviewer looking for? Body Language   Don’t slouch. Sit up straight, looking professional and yet as natural as possible. Be aware of any extraneous body movements (tapping your finger or foot, clicking a pen) that can distract the interviewer from your words. Don’t forget to add a warm smile as you speak, a natural way. And make easy eye contact during the conversational exchanges to help create a connection. Knowledge of the Company and the job you are interviewing for.   To the employer, this is a very important factor. Not only do you need to be familiar with the position that you are applying for, but you should also have some knowledge of the company. You need to research the company and what it's all about. What are the specialties of the department you’re interviewing with? You want to show the employer that you have a real interest in working for them and are not just looking to get a job. Review the job description and look up anything you aren’t completely familiar with. Can you deliver You must have the skills, experience, and education to be able to fulfill all the requirements listed in the job description. Demonstrate that you were able to succeed in a similar role or under similar circumstances. Spell out how your experience directly relates to the job for which you’re applying. Employers want to see you have those personal attributes that will add to your effectiveness as an employee, such as the ability to work in a team, problem-solving skills, and being dependable, organized, proactive, flexible, and resourceful. Professionalism Display professionalism in every aspect of your interview. You want to present your best self in the interview by being polite and not doing things like interrupting the interviewer or being sarcastic. Employers want to see that you are warm, friendly, easygoing and cooperative with others. You want to show that you are the right fit and have the right attitude for both the job and the company. Honesty Be yourself and avoid canned answers. Don’t approach an interview in a very formal and conceited manner or be fearful of saying something negative. Relax and enjoy the conversation. Conclusion Interviewers will observe your demeanor, personality, and attitude as well as process your answers to their questions. You want to make sure you convey, as well as possess these qualities when preparing for your next interview.          
Making an impression at an interview is a great step towards getting a job, but first you have to make an impression with your CV. That means if your CV is dull, full of mistakes or doesn’t tell a story about you, then you might end up being overlooked and won’t even get as far as an interview. Resumes can take as much planning and preparation as an essay or project write up. Here we cover the basics of how to tackle online applications , structure a graduate CV and put together a covering letter . Maybe you’ve got some gaps in your background, don’t know how to deal with your extracurricular activities, or you’re stuck in dissertation writing mode and can’t fit everything on two sides of A4? Find tips to highlight your best self and writing advice to showcase your skills without wasting space.   Writing CVs for different types of graduate jobs Whether your target is a graduate scheme with an investment bank or a vacancy for a graduate managing a small business write a CV that is right for the job that you are looking for. First of all, you need to understand the different types of CV for graduates. There are two major types of CVs. The traditional CV – sells your track record and The skills-based CV – sells your potential   1. The traditional CV These are the widely used CVs. It is text-based, clearly laid out and follows a classic structure, name at the top, references at the bottom, etc. and it shouldn’t be more than two pages at the most. So what exactly do you include in this type of CV?   i. Personal details Your personal details are always on top of your CV. At least state your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, marital status, nationality, date of birth and place of birth. Nowadays it is usual, at least, if you are using it in a professional way, to add your LinkedIn and Twitter account.   ii. Studies  State all your relevant studies and courses that you have taken. Start with the last study you were doing or all still doing and work in a chronological way back. State the name of the educational institution, diplomas/degrees you have obtained and the dates.   iii. Work experience Write your work experience and employment history, again in reverse chronological order. Start with your present or most recent position, and work backwards. For each position, describe your major duties and achievements, beginning each point with an action verb (e.g. 'Achieved', 'Increased', 'Won'. Keep to the point and stressed what you've achieved. Remember to keep your career goals in mind as you write and as you describe your duties, emphasize those which are most related to your desired job.   iv. Knowledge of languages In your CV, state what languages you speak and for every language indicate a level (in writing and orally) the best lay out is as follows: fluent, good, moderate for oral skills and good, moderate for writing skills.   v. Interests and other activities Lastly, state all issues you think are important but have not shown up in your CV yet. Think about hobbies, interests and other relevant topics that say something about you. Do not forget to state your other activities, if you have done any administrative functions or voluntary work, you state this as well of course. Use the last part of your CV to make it as personal as possible.   2. The skills-based CV If you want to draw more attention to the skills you have developed than to the events that have made up your life, then perhaps consider constructing a skills-based CV. These CVs often include a personal statement or career objective near the beginning. For example: ‘Motivated and academically gifted chemical engineer seeking to use his industrial experience in a technical sales career’. Only do it if you feel comfortable with approach. The rest of the CV must contain considerable evidence to back up any such assertions. Another common feature of this type of CV is including a list of key achievements. Only do this if you feel that it's the most effective way to package your message. The main problem with these CVs is that they can run the risk of sounding phony or pompous if badly composed. Write your name and contact details at the top. This type of CV is well suited to people starting out in their careers, so you may want to state your job search objective clearly. Write between three to five separate paragraphs, each one focusing on a particular skill or accomplishment, and each one with a relevant heading. List these 'functional' paragraphs in order of importance, with the one most related to your career goal at the top. Within each functional area, emphasize the most relevant accomplishments or results produced. Add in a brief paragraph showing your work experience after the last functional area, giving dates, employer and job titles only. Include your education in a separate section at the bottom of the CV, again in reverse chronological order. General tricks and tactics for a great graduate CV Give the most space to the most important facts of your life, be they part-time jobs or degree course modules. Make sure you can account for any chronological gaps in your CV – you may get some awkward questions otherwise. Concentrate on your personal contribution to whatever it is you're writing about and stress achievements and outcomes. Don't waffle! Include only relevant information, but take care to explain yourself clearly. If the employer has provided any guidance on length, make sure you meet the requirements. The standard length of a CV in the UK is two full pages, but this may vary internationally. If you're e-mailing your CV, give it a sensible name – your own is always a good choice – not just 'CV.doc'.   Top tips to prepare your cover letter Your cover letter gives you an opportunity to expand on things you were unable to in your CV. So we’ve listed top tips on how to make the most of writing your cover letter. Keep it short and sharp Ensure you have researched the company and job role properly and that you are able to portray this knowledge in your cover letter. However, make sure your letter is concise and you’re not rambling on about why you should have the job. Adjust your writing style A good cover letter is written in a formal, professional style, but not too formal that it’s difficult to read. Make sure the letter fits the style of the organization and job role you are applying to. First paragraph Start your cover letter briefly explaining who you are, the role you are applying for, and where you found the job vacancy advertised. Don’t include too much information in the first paragraph as this information is detailed later on in your cover letter. Second paragraph In this paragraph detail why you have an interest in the job role and any background knowledge which will support this. Third paragraph This is where you explain what skills you have, the qualifications which specifically apply to the job role, and what you can offer to the employer. It is important you don’t repeat yourself from what you’ve written in your CV! Conclude your cover letter thanking the employer for their time and mention that your CV and references are attached (if applicable). Proof read Grammatical errors in a cover letter give off a bad first impression and can make the difference between you or another candidate being selected. It’s a very simple thing but will make a big difference!