Enjoy reading this blog post by my intern, Jalynn mcmillan a future pr maven...
Hello, this Jalynn Mcmillan and I am an intern for Lisa Vento Nielsen for the summer of 2016. I am thrilled to be interning for her as I plan to pursue a career in public relations. Many of the things we (me and the other intern Jennifer) do while interning for Lisa are directly related to our career goals. I would highly recommend interning for Lisa, she is very kind-hearted and patient, if you ever have any questions she's more than happy to help you. She can really help you better yourself.
This internship will help me learn a lot of new skills like marketing, photography and of course will help my resume. Since 80% of resumes end up being thrown out, it is crucial to know how to build a resume that will get you hired. One of the books I am currently reading by Lisa is also truly informative The Book on Career Readiness: The Prof's Guide to Graduating College with a Job Offer.
Last week on Tuesday and Thursday, Lisa did her Career Readiness Training at Staten Island Technical School. The other intern, Jennifer, wrote about her thoughts on that training here. It is exciting to be able to share my thoughts on the event, too. Lisa is interested in having us be “career-ready” and writing a blog post definitely fits in to my career goals of public relations. I am also working on creating some press releases for her company, too! Look for updates on that from me soon, too.
On Tuesday July 12th at Tech, she spoke about topics such as what it takes to get hired and how to make a resume worth reading that won't end up in the trash. As younger people, it may be harder for all of us to be hired. Not only for teenagers in high school, but also for me a sophomore in college. The hard truth is millennials get stereotyped. Employers might take one look at us and their head will be filled with negative, harsh judgements of us right away without even giving us a chance. They could think we are always going to be on our phone or that we are bad communicators or that we are too young to be responsible. Lisa talks about the ways to prove that we all don't fit into that stereotype.
It's also important to utilize social media. Our generation may have to prove ourselves harder than other generations but we have some tools that can help this be easier, too. LinkedIn should be your new best friend. Well, not literally but it can 100% help you on your career search. Even if you are in high school it's never too early to start, who knows it might help you land an awesome internship. If you want to be a journalist you could post some articles on there, if you want to be a filmmaker you could post some of your films, or if you want to be an artist you could post some of your artwork. This will help you be seen by employers. Lisa always says use social media to showcase your brand. Furthermore, it is essential to stay true to yourself and be authentic.
The most important thing you should know is how to create a resume worth reading. Employers want academic success and extracurricular activities but they also want experience. You should have references as well. When building a resume it should be in reverse chronological order. The most relevant should come first and the least relevant last. You should focus on the latest and greatest. As Lisa would say, remember this is the script of your story and it's the paper that gets you in door but it's you that gets you hired.
She also had extensive help on what to do during an interview and based on her talk, I documented these rules that will help you on an interview:
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