Mentoring – The best resume for internships

I’ve been wondering if the best resume for interships is a linear resume or a more creative one.
My mentee has a linear one and I am in the process of creating one of mine to show her how a non linear one looks like for her internship. I have posted a poll on linkedin in order to figure out if a linear or a more creative resume will get the eyeballs of the hiring manager or HR representative to look at these. So far it’s 50/50. 50% think the non linear or creative resume is better for an internship. As for my facebook poll, three people placed in their comments and all three would go with the non linear, more creative resume.
If you were to hire an intern which one would you choose. The linear resume or the non linear resume?

linear to the left, non linear to the right

indeed.com recommends a linear type of resume. However, resumegenious.com recommends otherwise as they have a college resume that can be downloaded and created in a word document. themuse.com also provides a linear example for internships.
Weigh in and let us know. What would you prefer to see.


Until next time.
Stay Safe.
-Isabel

Mentoring – the best cover letter

Researching for the best cover letter for my mentee.
Always find out who the hiring manager is. If going through the company’s HR department, find out the representative and address the letter to them. To “whom it may concern” is not so personal. Be personable.
Place your first and last name. Always place your last name. You have a name, use it to your advantage.
Place your email address. Please ensure it is a professional address. dizzyizzy79@yahoo.com is for your junk email not professional.
If you have a linked in profile, add that too. This has further information about you and if the hiring manager is interested, they will surely look at your profile. Have a professional photo and be professional on everything you do on linkedin.
Some sites state to put your mailing address. As for me, I would skip that. Some people may see that you’re far away from the office and may not even look at your resume due to this fact. They may not know that you have an Aunt that lives nearby and you’ll live with said Aunt as you intern. I’ve put a poll out on linkedin to see what people have to say about placing your mailing address on your resume. Most people say yes to put the mailing address. Weigh in and vote on my poll.

Introduction.
While writing the introduction of the letter, write the position you are interested in. You most likely will be writing to different company’s. Ensure that your letter is personalized to the company you’re applying for. Stating that you’re looking to intern may not be good enough. Do some copy paste onto your letter and paste the position name on the letter.

Body.
Explain how you can be an asset to the company. Talk a little bit about yourself. Be mindful of being confident but not bragging. Showcase your education and any relevant experience. Express your excitement about working at the company and the type of excellent work that you can do to enhance the company and it’s future.

Call to action.
Always mention that you’re looking forward to speaking with the hiring manager or HR representative. If you’re willing, present on the letter that you’ll contact them in a couple of weeks to follow up. And please follow up. Mark it on your calendar, on your to do list, on your journal. Whatever you have to give you reminders. Always give a break between presenting your cover letter and resume of a few weeks as everyone is busy. Some people have two or more hats to wear at work. If contacting the manager or representative in less than two weeks after the letter is sent it may be too early and they may not have even seen your packet. Remember, sometimes too much is too much. Give it time. Don’t be anxietal like me and call them the next day. This will not get you anywhere. Trust me.

Sign off.
Thank the hiring manager or HR rep. for their consideration.
Use a professional sign off. For example, Sincerely, Regards, Best regards or something close to those three.

Things to keep in mind:
Keep it to one page. Writing a novel may turn some hiring managers off. One page of how awesome you are is good.
Always thank the person you are writing to for looking at your packet. Good manners are always welcomed.
If emailing your resume, always include your cover letter. I would recommend writing a quick note on the body of the email and attach the professional cover letter and resume to the email.

For further reading take a look at indeed career guide or interships.com for cover letter examples.


Good luck on your letter and much success.

Until next time.
Stay safe.
Best,
-Isabel

Random thoughts for the weekend

Over the weekend I am decorating the house for Fall and putting in some Halloween touches.

I’m also listening to webinars about mentoring. I’d like to be the best Mentor to my Mentee. My Mentee is a sweet young woman who is studying at Stony Brook University. For that, I am listening to a webinar from National Mentoring Resource Center. Not gonna lie, the webinar is not exiting at all. It talks about keeping in touch with your mentor via text messaging, which I am not ready for. Once I get to know her better we may exchange phone numbers. But, for now, we’ll stick to email and linked in. Speaking of which, feel free to see my profile on linkedin. You will see that I have had jobs from all over the place, from retail management to radio to marketing and now to a BA. I’ve even worked at Nike in the outlets over in Riverhead, NY. I’ve worked at a bagel store, for many years, in Farmingville. At a deli. Yup, I used to cut meats and cheeses and make sandwiches for people. I’ve also worked as an administrative at a chiropractor’s office when I was in my teenage years. God, looking back, I was terrible at that job. I was not organized at all back then. I’ve learned to be organized and more professional as the years went by. Needless to say, it’s been a rollercoaster. But I always have fun in whatever job I do. Except for now. I’m not having fun at all. I’ve been having a bit of a hard time in my new position as a BA. It hasn’t been easy for me. There is a lot of communicating with a variety of different people with different types of personalities and a lot of different accents too. The ones that I’ve had the hardest time with are my friends from VietNam. I’m really having a hard time understanding their accent. I feel dumb, but I continuously need to ask for them to repeat themselves. Recently, I’ve bee liking the comfort of being behind the laptop and working on things my colleagues provide for me to post online. I’ve been doing this type of work for over 10 years and I’ve become very comfortable with it. I am now out of my comfort zone. Now I have to go back to my roots of my Broadcasting days and communicate to the masses.
Broadcasting was my dream job. I wanted to be in radio in the baddest of ways. I interned for a radio station. I then got hired to work for the promotion department. I even got to do board operations, which let me be in the studio and work the very large board with all of those juicy buttons to press. This type of work happens with an on air personality is at a location and they are tuning to you live from whatever car dealership or bar and they then tell you to come on down as the station will be there until whatever time giving out prizes. So, I’d be in the studio either recording their voice or actually doing it live. After they were done talking, I’d turn the computer back on and either play commercials or play the next song on the list. I wouldn’t pick out the songs, that was for dj’s back in the 70’s. Now there are music directors that pick out the songs way before the day starts. Same goes for commercials. They are picked out way in advance. There you go, I’ve just given out all of the secrets to a radio station. But there is always a show that does whatever they like. If a show does very well, they play a song here and there that is not part of the song list of the day. The Elvis Duran show usually plays a song in the early morning that is not part of the top 40 list. And they get away with it. I’m guessing that is their thing, to be a little bit of the rebel show. They also do a Seinfeld type of show where they talk about nothing and everything all in four hours. It’s a great show, check it out when you get the chance on ihearradio.

It’s Sunday and I am continuing to learn more about mentoring. I’m listening to a Ted talk about mentoring. “As a mentee you have to be the driver.” Mentors to take the lead on the relationship. Successful mentees go on to become successful mentors.

Mentoring part III – Doing My Research

I’ve been waiting on my mentee to set up meeting for us, but I have been reading up on how to be a good mentor and in a lot of articles that I have read, it stated for the mentor to take the initiative. So I have gone ahead and set up a meeting for us this week. During covid season we will need to meet via the internet. I am very ok with this as I am a homebody and love to stay home in my cozy and familiar bedroom/office. I’ve been reading and found the roles of a mentor.

Been listening to webinars on mentoring and they keep on saying to mentor via text messaging. I’m not sure I’m ready for that. We have just met. Should I already give my mentee my phone number? I probably should. This may develop a meaningful relationship. But first we must develop the relationship.

Listening to a webinar from https://nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org. And they state; there are three missions for a mentor to a mentee: I Am, I Could Be and I Will. Not gonna lie, this webinar is very boring. The information is very broad. I’d love to hear more about what questions to ask if the student is being interviewed for an internship or a job. This webinar also talks about financial aid, but the webinar is from 2016 so I’m not sure if it’s still applicable. But they keep on insisting to use text messaging for the mentees to be more comfortable with their mentors.

Some more research on how to interview for internships.
These are some best practices:
Always have a question or two for the interviewer.
Avoid one word answers.
No complaining.
Be careful of the fine line between confidence and bragging.
Always get the name of the person who interviewed you.
Be prepared to get the interviewer’s information. Take a notebook and pen with you.
Always send a thank you note to the interviewer(s).
Always treat everyone in the building with kindness. The administrator may always talk to the interviewer. Who knows, the interviewer may ask the security guard how they were treated by you. You never know. Always be professional and kind. A smile helps too.

If you were interviewing an individual for an internship, what would you ask?



Mentoring part II

I have a former colleague who is now an author and has been interviewed by the Alumni Career Services at Stony Brook University. Stepahie Hyman wrote the book “Surviving Your First Decade in Corporate America.” As per the invite, “Stephanie provides valuable insights and unique perspective on navigating the “ins” and “outs” of your first job and early years in a corporate environment.” The interview is very educational for all of us. She speaks about her long commute to and from work and how it was a big wake up call. I can definitely relate to that. My commute to work, before covid of course, was also about an hour and a half to two hours. I also had to figure out what to do with my time.
As for me, I started listening to audio books. I’d get them for free from my library. The library links you to Live-brary which then links you to Amazon and voila, you get your free audiobook download. Of course you’ll have to go through your local library and download the app. You may also have to wait for the book that you are looking for. But hey, when you’re budget is low and you’re ok with waiting. I highly recommend it. Besides, we’re paying taxes that go to our local libraries, why not use them to our advantage.
But I digress, the interview with Stephanie was very insightful especially for a mentee who is still in college and want to learn the ropes before jumping into a corporate job. I think my mentee will learn a lot from this interview.
Stephanie Hyman is having another interview about her book. This time its at the book store BookRevue in Huntington, Long Island. The interview is on October 22nd. If you’re interested, here is an invite to register, as registration is required for this event. I’ve mentioned this to my mentee, hopefully she can make it to the interview. If you know anyone who is finishing college, going into their first job. Or simply, going from a laid back type of job into a corporate type of job. This interview may be for you too. I sure will be there. I love to support local.


Mentoring

I will be mentoring a student from Stony Brook University. I am very exited about mentoring a student. This is my first time mentoring someone, but mentoring has been a goal of mine for a while. I have a mentor myself who has given me great advise and I love talking to her when I need to run something by her. For example, when I was provided with the opportunity to be a Business Analyst her voice was in my head to always say yes to the opportunities that are given you at your job. Especially at Canon. I was given the opportunity, I said yes to this opportunity and I am still working at the company. I don’t know what would have happened if I would have rejected the opportunity. I then gave her a call to see if she could help me with the job itself. Luckily, she knows someone that has been a BA for many years and she connected me to her. I had a conversation with this person and this made it easier for me to work on my new role.
I’m hoping this mentor/mentee relationship works out well. Today I am listening to a meeting of what to do with our students such as job shadowing and meetings with the mentees twice a month.

I’ve met my mentee and I like her very much. She is wise beyond her years as she has had to go through some trial and tribulations with her health. We talked over the internet on video chat and talked about ourselves and covid. How the new technology is so different than what we are used to. We will meet again in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to see what comes next.