This is a guest blog from Elizabeth Solomon from Mizzou!
I have the best roommate in the world, in that she brings me back goodies when she has closing shifts at Panera. This time, it was a chocolate chip bagel and an orange scone. I decided today was a good day for the scone, and indulged in two minutes of pure bliss… until the last bite.
I looked and noticed that the corner was burned. It ruins the experience to have the last bite of a treat be burned, so naturally I couldn’t let myself eat it. If I had only checked for burned parts of the pastry beforehand, I could have saved myself some trouble.
How could this ever relate to getting internships, you ask? Check for the burned parts before you dig in.
- Look over your resumé. Employers look for careless spelling and grammar errors, and it matters more than you think.
- Check your portfolio before your interview. Make sure your work is in the order in which you want it to be so that you can be as calm and collected as possible when showcasing your projects. This is also to make sure nothing falls out if it’s a physical portfolio!
- Make sure you look put together. Girls, put on some makeup. Remember the pantyhose under pencil skirts. Guys, don’t slack on the shoes and the tie. A first impression can never be redone.
- When you meet with your potential employer for the first time, as well as anyone they introduce you to in the office, greet him or her with a smile and a firm handshake. I can’t tell you how many times I have used a smile and a good handshake to win people over. Common courtesy is, many times, forgotten.
People can tell when you arrive unprepared. It makes you look unprofessional and unreliable. So do yourself a favor and make sure you check for the burned parts. What have you got to lose?