Without fail, countless articles are written about what students should and should not do to land an internship or a job. I read them as an undergraduate (and continue to read them as a graduate student) and write them myself. In particular, Becky Papp's recent article resonated with me -. If you haven't read it yet, please do so. Becky and I have similar feelings on this topic. I tirelessly tell college students and recent graduates to create a Web site (Becky's first tip) to set yourself apart from competition. It seems easy enough, but most people don't take advantage of it. I'm not entirely sure why, considering there are many free options and sites where you can look up graphics. I say this from experience, I've created sites for my class as well as a professional site to show future employers. Doing this takes initiative so I suggest do it now, before you grow busy with job applications.
I also strongly agree with Becky's tip #7 - a positive attitude goes a long way. I'm sure you've heard this before, but from a former public relations professional, take my word for it. I had to deal with many unpleasant people and this was my saving grace. Make this work for you, too.
Let me know if you come up with any other great tips, I would love to hear them.
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Amy Muldoon graduated from Penn State University in 2005 and worked in corporate public relations for three years before returning to graduate school to become an English teacher. Her strengths include: drafting speeches, writing talking points for media interviews, making corporate presentations, and writing for publications.