Friday, January 27, 2017

Summer Internship starting line: your digital professional credentials

If you're gearing up for an internship search, you need to have your credentials ready to go. Here are my three suggestions. A few students have come in for resume work and tell me they'll get to their LinkedIn profiles later. Big mistake. (One person in my Launchpad class had a profile picture from high school yearbook. WUT? No.)  Have everything perfect and ready to go (including a professional photo) before you send out the resume.

If you're coming to speak with me about an internship, please do this work before we meet. It will speed up the process.

1. A functional resume. I recommend the functional resume, which is a little different from others, because it emphasizes your skills, and gives you a chance to sell these skills to an employer right out of the box. Sometimes you can "jump the line" because you have a particular skill that an employer is looking for. You can find a model of this resume in the Career Tips handouts on the right hand sidebar of this site. Remember that your campus media work is not an "activity," but "experience," and get it up high. Julie or Lucy offer resume feedback hours out in the Hub. Have one of them take a look and help you revise.

2. A solid LinkedIn profile. Spend some time on this. (You'll find LinkedIn advice in this blog, read through the posts!) Develop a well-written and edited summary with lots of keywords, and an emphasis on your solid skills and results.  Get a good professional photograph. Talk to profs or former employers or internship supervisors and ask to Link In with them, and ask if they'd provide a recommendation for you on your LinkedIn profile.

3. A digital portfolio with links to your published work. Buy your domain name and put up a site. You can do this with a simple Wordpress site, or with a terrific site like Pressfolios. Be sure to put a LinkedIn badge on your page. Get the code for your profile at LinkedIn.com/profiles/public-profile-settings. Your badge size options and the code is in the lower right hand column. Embed your Twitter and/or Instagram feed.

4. PDF's of ten of your best clips, in case an employer wants them printable. These should include breaking news, enterprise stories, features---a range of your best work--stored on Dropbox so you can access them anywhere and e-mail or print them as needed. This gives you the flexibility for employers who want hard copy.

5. Business cards. You can get these at Staples, or online at Vistaprint.com. On this card, you should have the LinkedIn address and your portfolio address.

Here's a post from Romenesko about how graduating journalism students should present their clips to potential employers. 

Do some hunting around on the sites on the right hand column of this site. Sign up online via my calendar at the top of the right hand column on this page. See you soon!





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