This year I have made a commitment to myself to read one book each month, and so far I am doing pretty good. In February, I read All Work, No Pay by Lauren Berger (aka The Intern Queen). I actually won this book for free by tweeting about it. Lauren is amazing, and her book is very insightful. This girl had 15 internships during college and now runs a large database to help connect students to internships, so she has great info to share. I only wish I had read this book 2 years ago, but some of her internship advice applies to my current job hunt.
Here are some of my favorite take aways from the book:
Make a detailed dream list
I love lists, so this is almost a no-brainer for me, but Lauren goes into great detail on how to create an amazing dream list including contact information, deadline and dates to follow up. She encourages the eager internship hunter to be organized in every way, even scheduling time out of your day to apply for internships and taking good notes of when and who you send an email to.
Always include a cover letter
Lauren said sending a resume without a cover letter is like buying a one-way ticket to the trash pile. It immediately sets you apart. I appreciated how she broke down the elements of a cover letter: introduction including career goals and logistics, experience from resume that makes you qualified for this position and finally what personality traits makes this position a good fit for you.
Be prepared for any kind of interview
In our ever-changing world, new forms of interviews pop up everyday. More employers are using Skype interviews and informal coffee shop interviews. It is easy to relax in a nontraditional interview setting, but it is important to treat every interview with the same level of professionalism.
Know your rights as an intern
Whether or not to pay interns is a hot topic right now. Personally, I think it benefits both parties to have paid internships. However, it is legal to not pay an intern under the following circumstances: it can be compared to on the job training, the student benefits from the experience, the intern does not replace an existing job, the intern is supervised, no job is promised and both the intern and employer agree to the non paid internship. It is important to know your rights as an intern!
Make the most of your co-workers
Everyone you work with on a daily basis is a potential connection. Invite co-workers out for coffee as their schedule allows and pick their brain. How did they break into the business? Be sure to keep track of all your contacts.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Intern Queen’s book, and I highly recommend it to anyone in college struggling to figure out what to do with their life. This book will give you good direction and aid anyone’s job search.