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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

5 Quotes To Inspire You

Whether you’ve just had another setback chasing your dreams, been rejected by someone you care about, faced tragedy, or you’re just feeling drained from the ups and downs of this journey we call life, remember that things can turn around in an instant. All you have to do is keep moving forward, even when it feels like it would be easier to just lay down and give up.

No matter what you’re going through in life, here are some encouraging quotes that will give you a little boost to try again:

5 Quotes To Inspire You

“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you.You may have a fresh start any moment you choose,for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.“– Mary Pickford

“Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.” –Sophia Loren

“Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.” – Ellen Degeneres

“Now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman

“Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”– Calvin Coolidge

Monday, 11 January 2016

How Volunteering Will Help Your Internship Search

We all know that having no experience makes the search for finding a full time internship more harder than it needs to be.

In today's competitive job market, you need more than your academic degree to stand out from the competition. There are so many factors at play and it's important to keep up with that your particular industry needs.

Well, have you ever thought about volunteering?  Volunteering is a good use of your time and will help you to keep sane whilst looking for full-time internship or employment!

Volunteering will improve your CV and will show possible employers that you are serious and focused.  You don't necessarily have to volunteer in a field where you want to end up. But having said that, at least be passionate about what you are doing - y u have more than one passion and your energy for you and not against you.  Also make sure that you get a good organisation that will help you build your brand.

How volunteering will help your internship search? What are the benefits of volunteering?

Gain Work Experience 

This is obviously the most important strategy in your internship search right now, especially if it’s the only thing keeping you from landing that dream job. Even if it’s just a few hours a week, your CV will speak of your behalf instead of having a big gap.

Score That Coveted Reference 

Think about it… most new grads look exactly alike on paper.  Volunteering will set you apart and will give you that one or two or three people can vouch for your skills. And these are experienced people who have seen you in action and can recommend you for that internship.  Try and find a spot at a place where you can gain some real work skills. And when you are there don't hold back. Go all the way.

Build Your Network

It’s not what you know, it’s WHO you. I know it sucks but it's the way things are. Such is life. People hire people who they have some kind of connection with because there’s much less risk. If you don’t know many people in your field, then you are at a distinct disadvantage. Volunteering allows you to grow your network and you can leverage those connections to network, find out about new positions and be at the forefront of people’s minds if/when they learn of a new opening.

Shows Passion and Focus

This is the message that volunteering conveys to your prospective employer.  When they check your CV, you become much more attractive because they can see that you are serious about your goals.

Most universities work closely with a number of organisations, community and voluntary groups and are able to provide a wide range of opportunities for students to broaden and enhance their learning through involvement in the community.

Remember, never under-estimate the importance of volunteering. It has it's place in our society and it could serve you well.  So go out there and find an NGO in your community that you can give your time and energy too. At the end you will not regret it.

Monday, 4 January 2016

How To Land That Perfect Internship

Maybe you’ve been applying for internships since like forever and nothing has panned out. Or maybe you jumped on the bandwagon a little too late, and you’ve been scrambling for something valuable to fill your time.

Nowadays, internships are the most important thing employers look for when evaluating a recent college graduate.

As you have seen from some of the intern posts, employers believe interview performance and some work experience are more significant than strong academic performance when it comes to hiring decisions.

I have seen so many tweets where people are fighting this but that is just futile because this won't change.  And also you might just be fighting with a potential employer.

Stop sabotaging yourself. 

So rather than waste your time swearing or being rude at employers  on Twitter or Facebook , why not use that time to do something positive so that you can get you closer to your dream?

How To Land That  Perfect Internship:

- Have a strategy and work towards it until you get that internship. Change it along the way but make sure that it works for you not against you.

Your strategy should include:

a. Fields you want to explore or skills you want to learn. Do you love photography? Do you want to know what scientific research is like or what a lawyer does all day? Do you want to learn how to build a website? Having clear goals in mind makes it more likely that you’ll find an internship you can get excited about.

b. Identify your skills, strengths, interests and values. Identify the skills you need to develop for your career objectives (i.e, writing, developing, researching, analysing, communicating, problem solving, calculating).

c. Which companies do you want to work for and why?  Make a list of all the internships or entry-level positions that can start you on your way. Research and research some more. You might be surprised what you find that you have overlooked before that could allow you to get in the door.

d. Launch your internship search strategy. Remember that an internship search is an involved process that will require time, dedication and resourcefulness.  It’s not enough to use the basic set of job search sites, like www.internships-sa.co.za, when hunting for an internship. Many companies also have their own niche job boards where positions that don’t appear here are posted.

e. Nobody is going to help you if you don't show  of initiative. Let people know you're looking for work and ask for general help. It may be embarrassing to let people know that you are looking for an internship (not sure why though), but seriously you need to get over those feelings.

f. Don't be lazy. Be proactive.  When people show you opportunities, pursue them even if it might not interest you now. You never who gets your CV. We know of people who have send their CVs to one company and were hired by another company they didn't apply for. Why? Because the HR manager moved to the new company with their CVs and later called them up. Always have a cover letter. Remember that a generic cover letter/ motivational letter is a turn off especially if you claim that are you are a creative. Hiring people want to see your claims. And yes, keep thanking your family and friends that are walking this path with you.

If your applications go unanswered, don’t give up. Look into volunteering at a nonprofit organization in an area that will give you some exposure to career skills. It’s never too early to start this process — and the earlier the better not only for your preparation but also because some internships have very early application deadlines. Exhaust all your resources to locate and secure the best internship for you.

Finally, once you’re finished with the applications, it’s on to the next step: preparing for the interviews. Use these this ideas to help you prepare to wow them into offering you the internship.