MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FALL INTERNSHIP WITH THESE 5 TIPS

Congratulations! You’re a working girl!

Getting an internship is no easy task. You should feel proud of this accomplishment! The countless hours spent tweaking your resume and practicing for interviews have finally paid off. No matter what company you’re working for, here are five steps to make the most of it.

1. ESTABLISH REALISTIC GOALS


Internships are designed to give students a sense of what it would be like to work at a company in a specific role. When you’ve been given your project(s) for the semester, it’s a good idea to set realistic goals with your manager. These goals can be related to your project or your career. Hopefully, your work is fun, challenging, interesting to you, and plays to your strengths. Expressing your career aspirations can help your manager create a program that is best suited for your skills, while establishing project milestones will help you prioritize tasks throughout your internship.

2. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK


As an intern, you’re going to be learning a lot on the job. You’re going to spend a lot of time building on what you already know while learning new ways to solve problems. Chances are, you’ll spend the first week meeting a lot of new people from your team as well as from different departments. Take some time to network with someone new whenever you get the chance. Whether it’s asking someone to lunch, or sitting in on meetings, you can learn a lot about the company’s work culture by interacting with other employees. If there is an employee or a team at your company that inspires you, getting lunch or coffee together are great ways to casually interview someone. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to meet with and mentor interns!

3. GET INVOLVED

I bet there are some cool events lined up for you this semester. A lot of companies will plan special events for interns, or maybe your team has an off-campus event planned during your internship. If your company is hosting talks, mixers, or other fun events, be sure to check them out! These are great opportunities for your to immerse yourself in the company’s culture and walk away learning something new.

4. ASK QUESTIONS

If you ever feel a bit lost, make sure to ask your manager or mentor for help. If you can’t seem to figure our how to solve a problem, double check that you’ve exhausted all of your options so that when you present it to your manager or a coworker, he/she can walk through your solutions with you as well as brainstorm new ideas. And if you don’t understand something — whether it’s specific lingo or a process, don’t be scared to ask for clarification. You’re new to the company so it’s OK to take some time to adjust.

5. UNPLUG

We get it, internships are exciting. You’re probably DYING to snapchat your new office space or the cool swag you’ve been given, but be mindful of how you’re presenting yourself around your coworkers. Checking up on social media can be a tough habit to break but remember that you’re here to work. If you REALLY must check Facebook or Instagram, wait until your lunch break so that you’re not distracted during work hours. The level of professionalism full-time employees are expected to uphold are the same for interns. No matter how tempting social media can be, stay focused on your projects and put your best foot forward.

Don’t forget to be yourself and have fun too! You’ve been given an amazing opportunity to build your skills and expand your knowledge and I have no doubt that you’re going to do a kick-ass job. 

HOW TO HANDLE YOUR FIRST AUTUMN *NOT* GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

If you just graduated from college, congratulations! The feeling of not having to attend class, work on papers, and study for finals is the feeling of freedom. However, it can also be confusing. When we’re settled in the same routines for a long time, it can be difficult to transition to a new one. We have a few ideas to help you create a new routine during your first autumn after college. We do encourage you to experiment and explore. After all, you have one less obligation now!

RELAX AND INDULGE IN SELF-CARE

All of those all-nighters might make you feel like you’ve lost a lifetime of sleep. But because you no longer have papers and tests to worry about, you can sleep in a little more. Aside from getting more shut-eye, this fall is a perfect time to indulge in healthy activities. Think of new exercise routine, getting a massage, or practicing meditation. Take some time to unwind from those years of stress and make it a priority to take care of yourself.

EMBARK ON YOUR JOB HUNT

Now that you have your degree, you can start looking for and actually applying to jobs that have that ol’ “Bachelor’s Degree Required” qualification. Your job search doesn’t even have to be related to your major— you can pretty much apply anywhere that sounds relevant to your skills and interests. As we mentioned before, it’s time to explore. Use your newfound free time to polish up your resume, fill out applications, and go to interviews.

Alternatively, you can go for internships, as most companies (especially larger ones) look for recent college graduates in addition to college students. Another work-related option to consider (even if you’re actively job-hunting) is asking your employer for full-time hours if you are currently working part-time somewhere. After all, extra money is always a good thing!

CATCH UP

Speaking of extra money, you may want to use any new income on paying off student loans, bills, and other obligations in your new adult life. It’s also important to catch up with family and friends you might not have seen in a while. Catch up on passion projects or some house cleaning. Basically, get back in black and de-clutter your life.

TRAVEL

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If you do happen to have some savings, reward yourself for all your hard work at school, and take a trip! Check a dream destination (or maybe two or three) off your bucket list or revisit a city or country you love. Go with your vinas, family, or sweetheart or fly solo! If you’re looking for a travel buddy, download Hey! VINA! If you’re on a bit of a budget, take a day or overnight trip in your city or somewhere close by. You’ll never know what new things you’ll discover!

MOVE

Gulp. This can sound a bit scary, but some folks truly want to start from a clean slate right after graduating college—and that usually means moving somewhere totally new. You can do it too! Maybe you’re a Midwesterner and your dream job is in New York or LA. Maybe you’re just bothered by the cold winters where you are, and you want to live somewhere less cold. Maybe the cost of living somewhere else just works out better for you. If you want to start your post-college life somewhere new, opportunity will follow.

FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION

Wait, what?! All those years of exams, projects, and homework assignments, and you’re willing to take on more? Well, if you want to go for that Master’s and/or Ph.D., there’s nothing stopping you! If you want to continue learning but don’t want to spend another 2 to 4+ years back in school, check out a career school or a community college to master a new subject or skill. Even after we move on from our school days, we should always be learning— sometimes that learning might come from even more formal education!

What were your post-grad plans? Let us know what you learned in the comments!

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MEET OUR INTERNS: SUMMER ’17

This summer, we had the absolute pleasure of working with some amazing gals. Our Marketing and Editorial interns were passionate, fun, and truly embodied the VINA mission of empowering, celebrating, and connecting women around the world. We asked them some get-to-know-you questions, read their answers below!

hannah HANNAH, LEWIS AND CLARK

What is your favorite thing about yourself? 

My favorite thing about myself is my ability to see the positive side to every situation!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Dried Mangoes. They are actually pretty healthy. But they are my guilty pleasure because when I start snacking on them I cannot stop!

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

Emma Watson. Forever and always.

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

My favorite thing has most definitely the sweet atmosphere of the office. Not only is it decorated perfectly, but everyone is always so sweet and smiley when I come in. I always leave in a slightly better mood than when I came in.

Ladybrag! What’s something you’re proud of?

I have been playing around with henna and henna designs since middle school. But this summer I got to work as a professional henna artist at my first fair! I met all sorts of people and it was a ton of fun. I definitely plan on doing more fairs and festivals in the future. (insta: @hannah.henna if you want to check it out)

 

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CHARLOTTE, UCSD

What do you like most about yourself?

What I like most about myself is that I make an effort to be kind to everyone, and that I give every opportunity given to me 110%

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is eating Nutella and watching baseball and figure skating religiously.

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

Definitely Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Austen, and Mindy Kaling!

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

I’ve loved getting the chance to explore many different aspects of the concepts of sisterhood and feminism. There’s a lot of inner beauty in women that is often overshadowed by outer beauty, and I’ve loved helping identify that!

Ladybrag! What’s something you’re proud of?

I’m proud of my dedication to my music. I’ve spent many tedious hours and energy practicing my violin, but it’s worth it to be able to perform something so beautiful!

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LINDSEY, UC DAVIS

What do you like most about yourself?

Favorite thing about myself is being adventurous. I am always up for anything and love to explore and be outdoors.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is reading really crappy romance novels and eating Ben and Jerrys Half Baked ice cream.

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

I would totally swipe right on Emma Watson, Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres!

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

My favorite thing about working for VINA is getting to experience working in an environment with people who are so passionate about what they do. I immediately felt welcomed into the team atmosphere and I love being surrounded by such unique and cool individuals.

brittany

BRITTANY, SONOMA STATE

What do you like most about yourself?

My favorite thing about myself would be my sociable personality!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is olive oil popcorn from Trader Joe’s. YUM!

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

I wanna be besties with Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens!

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

My favorite thing about working for VINA has been getting to know the VINA team and learning how strongly they feel about women empowerment and building connections for woman around the world ! They’re all awesome!

Ladybrag! What’s something you’re proud of?

I am most proud of the scholarships I have received during my college career!

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UJU, HOWARD UNIVERSITY

What do you like most about yourself?

My favorite thing about myself has to be the gap in my smile and my confidence!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is definitely ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and Disney Channel. They’re polar opposites, but somehow it makes sense to me!

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

Sheesh, I have definitely had some lady crushes in my day. Bad Gal RiRi, Mindy Kaling, Aubrey Plaza, Tina Fey, Raven Symone… I like my besties with a sense of humor as large as their intellect!

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

My favorite thing has been the community of women. No matter how near, far, or how often you speak, they’re always there for you, no matter your role on the team.

Ladybrag! What’s something you’re proud of?

I’m proud of something new every day! As soon as I reach my goals, I set new ones! Any day that I can push myself further than the last – I’m proud!

brooklyn

BROOKLYN, MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY

What do you like most about yourself?

I am unintentionally witty and a really good listener.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasures are reading historical fiction and 2000s R&B.

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

Issa Rae, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Gertrude Stein, Ava DuVerney, and Artimesia Gentileschi!

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

I have loved sharing my anecdotes and experiences with our readers and (hopefully) angling my pieces in a way that truly helps them grow as they read.

Ladybrag! What’s something you’re proud of?

I am proud of myself for moving across the country to pursue my dreams.

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LAURIE, UC RIVERSIDE

What do you like most about yourself?

I like that I’m generally really chill and relaxed.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Going to ALL concerts.

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

Gillian Jacobs and Aubrey Plaza hands down.

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

The friendships I made with the other editorial interns!

Ladybrag! What’s something you’re proud of?

My resilience and music making skills.

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KATIE, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

What do you like most about yourself?

My favorite thing about myself is probably the fact that I am the go-to person for my friends when they need cheering up!

What’s your guilty pleasure?

HGTV. Point blank.

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

I’d swipe right on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Beyoncé, Kate Mckinnon, and Michelle Obama!

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

My favorite thing about working for VINA has been working with and for a whole bunch of smart and strong women, and feeling empowered every time I walk in to the office.

Ladybrag! What’s something you’re proud of?

I’m pretty proud of my work as an event planner at my college. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, and it turns out I’m really good at event planning!

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EMMA, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

What do you like most about yourself?

I’m an excellent problem-solver! I love figuring things out.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

The Sol Food bistec sandwich. If you’re ever in Marin County, CA you HAVE to get it.

Which famous gals – from history or pop culture –  would you swipe right on?

I’d swipe right on Bad gal RiRi, Queen Elizabeth II, Amy Poehler!

What has been your favorite thing about working for VINA?

Writing articles that I want to write and getting positive responses from vinas. And coming up with creative new marketing tactics (growth hacking)!

Ladybrag! What’s something you’re proud of?

I just wrote a research report with a well-known Epidemiology professor which will be published in a legit scientific journal. Ahh!

Want to intern at VINA? We’re hiring Fall Marketing and Editorial Interns! APPLY HERE.

HOW TO BE MORE CAREER-ORIENTED IN COLLEGE

Sophomore, junior, senior–we all freak out from time to time that we’ll end up without our dream job. Struggling to pay off student debt. Regretting the day we signed up to even go to college. Why didn’t I join the circus right out of high school? Oh right, I’m not qualified for that either.

No one can guarantee that things will always work out as planned, but we can take steps to make sure we are doing everything we can to get where we want to be someday.

MAKE A PORTFOLIO

There are a few fields where this may not be the best option, but a physical and/or digital portfolio is becoming a hot commodity today. Whether or not you have an abundance to put put in it, if you start building your professional portfolio now, you’ll find yourself wanting to do more to fill it up and enhance it. These little enhancements will start adding up until suddenly you’ve grown and learned dozens more skills than you started with. You will thank yourself (and me) later.

MEET WITH A PROFESSOR TO TALK ABOUT GOALS

The professors/advisors in your area of study are some of the best resources you could hope for. They are people who (usually) have already been in your shoes, know the ins and outs of working in a similar field, and have tons of advice for you to help you reach your goals. And it’s literally their job to help you, so don’t be shy!

EXPLORE YOUR MAJOR

Nearly every college, university or trade school offers a variety of student organizations; many of these are career-focused. Spend some time visiting a few of the clubs that match your interests. They can teach you a lot about your field of study and the options you have after graduation. Helping you to get a jump-start in terms of networking and preparing for your future.

FIND PEOPLE YOU APSIRE TO BE LIKE

Let’s talk motivation. Start looking, whether on LinkedIn, social media, friends/family irl. Go to some conferences and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself (bring your card if you’d like). I’ve found some of my biggest media influences via Twitter, and have reached out. Now I not only have a role model, but a network connection to boot! If that feels outside of your comfort zone, no worries. It’s still motivating to find someone’s work you admire and a lifestyle you can strive towards.

GET SOME EXPERIENCE

I know… easier said than done. But it doesn’t have to be a job, or even an internship. We all know those are had to come by. Start by volunteering, freelancing (for free if necessary), whatever, until you’ve built up enough experience to fill up your resume and make you more marketable in your field. Then, prepare to move on to bigger things, because that’s where you’re headed!

What’s the best pre-career advice you’ve ever been given? Share below, and join us on Hey! VINA app to meet new vinas in your neighborhood. 

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MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM FREELANCE TO FULL TIME

If you’ve been freelancing for a while, but now miss the collaborative and social environment at an office, making a steady salary, and having more standard working hours – this is the guide for you. I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you make your way back to a full time gig.

CHOOSE A ROLE THAT INSPIRES YOU

Don’t just settle for the first opportunity that comes your way, pick something that’s going to motivate, challenge and help you make moves in your career.

WHY DO YOU WANT THIS JOB?

Hiring managers and recruiters may ask why you want to a make a move to full-time work, be ready to give them reasons why! Present your reasons thoughtfully in the cover letter while applying for a full time role.

GAPS IN YOUR RESUME

If you’ve gaps sporadically spread across your resume, make sure to add a positive spin to these brief periods of time-off  especially for legitimate reasons which include taking a career break to study, committing to charity and volunteer work or recovering from an illness among others.

SELL YOURSELF

Most freelancers are adept at quite a few experience based skills: gaining new perspective through a variety of projects, working solo as well as collaborating with teams, working with with small and big companies/corporations. The tip is to sell your experiences to the recruiter, with these skills and experiences in addition to your technical skilled background you may have an advantage  over someone who hasn’t been freelancing!

PORTFOLIO IS KEY

As previously mentioned, you’re likely to have an added advantage solely based on the different projects that you’ve worked on. Setting yourself apart from other candidates and key, this is your one opportunity to convince an employer to give you a chance. So prepare an online/print portfolio (if suitable) and make sure to include the link to your resume and cover letter. Using GitHub or Behance or Squarespace depending on the industry you work in, make sure that your portfolio includes a variety of work from a range of clients – ideally including ones similar to the company you’re applying for.

Share with us your career shift from freelance to full-time story in the comments. Or, check out our guide to becoming a freelancer here!

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HOW TO DEAL WHEN WORK IS A BOY’S CLUB

As a woman with a technical degree, I am very often the only woman on a project. Most of the time I am not treated any differently, but it’s still important to recognize that there are differences between working with men and women. Keep a these in mind to be confident from the moment you enter the room.

DAY ONE

It starts with a firm hand shake and confidence. I make it a personal goal to exceed expectations. If you have a softer voice, make an effort to speak louder to ensure that your voice is heard. Make a lot of eye contact, and listen to your peers. Be confident in your ideas, and don’t let others talk over you.giphy (1).gif

GET TO KNOW THEM

As with any workplace, the time spent at your job will likely be more enjoyable if you can turn your coworkers into friends. You may already feel like the black sheep as the only woman, but don’t let that stop you from chatting with them. If your coworkers often talk about a specific topic, like sports or cars, start paying attention and chiming in. Ask questions, show you’re interested. Get lunch with them when you can. Share your interests with them as well – you might be surprised about how much they know about your favorite topics.

EMAILS

Try to keep your emails as short as possible. If a sentence or detail isn’t 100% necessary, then delete it. I have noticed that my male managers are more direct and tend to leave out background information, while my female managers will give more details before addressing take-aways. Avoid being the one who “talks too much” in emails, and try to get to your point as quickly as you can. My fiancé has a habit of only responding to the last question I ask him if I send him a series of texts, so I always make sure that all of my questions are clearly laid out at the end of my messages.

BE ASSERTIVE

“Mansplaining” is a term used for when men feel the need to talk over and explain something to women in a condescending way. Don’t let them talk down to you. Speak up, and share what you know. Provide your opinions, and don’t let them interrupt you. This may be difficult if you are shy, but you cannot let your good ideas go unheard. Bring up your thoughts once they finish, and repeat your ideas if necessary.giphy (2).gif

BE YOU

I work in a technology field primarily with men. I have read articles about the benefits of blending in – wearing pants more of the time, or learning about their interests. However, I think it’s important to be yourself. I wear skirts and heels to work, because that’s what I prefer. I talk about my new work totes and wedding planning all the time, and nobody seems to mind. If you’re a girly girl, stay one. If you’re a tomboy, that’s fine too.

It’s important to show confidence, because unfortunately at times women are still not taken seriously. However, there are many benefits to being the only woman – because you’re unique, they are more likely to remember your name. Use the fact that you stand out to your advantage, and your work will pay off. Show off your skills and be yourself!

 

Ever dealt with being the only woman in the office? Tell us about it in the comments! And try swiping to meet a new vina, so you can vent all about your mansplaining manager!

WHY YOU SHOULD GET OUT OF WORK WITH YOUR WORK WIFE

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS AT WORK

No, I’m not talking about those benefits or the kind that come with a pension or life insurance either. I’m talking about those one or two colleagues we ‘click’ with. When you connect with someone, you’re drawn to them. They’re the person you chat with about your weekend around the coffee pot. If there’s an office party, everyone knows which two peas from the pod are coming together. You could spend two lunch hours discussing the intricacies of your mutual frustration finding jeans that fit. That’s your work wife (AKA your work bestie).

As a working gal, the office (or studio, or shop, or wherever you work) can be a goldmine for finding friendships. It’s a joy to love what you do, but having pals alongside you is a huge bonus. Many people like to keep their work and personal lives separate, but I believe that work-life balance can be achieved when those two worlds collide. It is so important to invest in time with your work wife outside the office too. Why? I’m glad you asked!

SHE MAKES GOING TO WORK MORE FUN 

I am lucky enough to say that I enjoy going to work every day, but having a work BFF turn into a real BFF makes it sooooo much sweeter. After the weekend, or a vacation, I’m excited to get back to the grind and catch up with someone who gets my work and my personal life.

Establishing friendship beyond work also makes attending work functions more fun. If there’s an event or party, I always have a buddy ready to come along with me. Because we have nurtured our friendship beyond the office, we won’t be forced to engage in awkward small talk.

SHE WILL HELP YOU KEEP YOUR WORK AND PERSONAL LIVES IN CHECK

When you start to get the urge to gab all day at work, people notice. Assuming you want to keep your professional reputation intact, it would be wise to move some social time outside of your work hours. Your boss probably won’t notice if you don’t take extra-long coffee breaks to gab with a colleague, but she certainly would if extended breaks become a habit.

YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE A LUNCH BUDDY

Speaking of bad habits, my personal worst work habit is skipping my lunch break. My work BFF is probably the only reason that I take an actual lunch break instead of sitting and eating at my desk without taking any real time for myself. We alternate making lunch plans whether it’s to grab sushi or pho or checking out what’s new at our favorite boutiques. Spending lunch breaks out of the office with your office bud is fun, a great way to get to know her, and for me, it breaks a bad habit. For you, it could mean getting a good break in your hectic day or fitting a walk in between meetings.

GET SUPPORT THAT FEW OTHERS CAN GIVE YOU

When you’ve got an issue at the office, sometimes an inside confidante is your only hope. No matter how many times you explain to close vinas who don’t work with you, the context may never be clear. Your work BFF gets your work problems and the personalities at play. Because you have nurtured your relationship beyond the walls of the office, you have someone you can trust to work out problems judgment free because she gets you.

Having a BFF at work just makes life better, and getting outside the office nurtures the relationship. So go ahead, mix business with pleasure!

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YOUR GUIDE TO USING LINKEDIN LIKE A BOSS

Got a LinkedIn profile? Check. Updated all the profile sections. Check. Upload that spiffy professional profile picture. Check. Now what? Fear not – follow this brief guide to maximizing success on LinkedIn:

HOW MANY CONNECTIONS SHOULD YOU HAVE?

Being super honest, there isn’t a magic number to strive for that works for everyone. In my opinion LinkedIn isn’t a popularity contest or a numbers game, very different from social platforms like Twitter and Instagram. It’s more about building up relationships with those contacts that you do connect with.

PERSONALIZE YOUR REQUESTS TO CONNECT

You may have noticed LinkedIn gives you the option of a pre-filled message when you send out requests to connect, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Try crafting a personalized note within your request, especially with connections you’ve previously bumped into or been introduced to. It acts as a warm reminder of who you are and makes them more likely to connect or respond. Keep it simple and short; don’t mistake this for a cover letter!

GET A HEAD START ON THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS

So, now that you have your profile set up and have connected with a few professionals, it’s time to show them that you’re a real team player, a go getter, their (hopefully) future employee or networking connection. Apart from having a stellar resume and passionate cover letter –  recommendations serve as testimonials and character references giving you a boost of legitimacy! Recommendations can possibly come from any person you’ve closely studied or worked with (peer review) or a person of authority such as a boss or a professor.

ALUMNI RELATIONSHIP IS KEY

The best way to build your network is by connecting with people you have common ties with. One way of doing this, especially if you’re a recent grad, is to connect with other alumni. They’re more likely to help out if you have an alma mater in common.

 ACTUALLY CONNECT 🔌

Now that you have all the right connections, you’ve got to take the next big step which is moving from online to offline. This means setting up phone calls, coffee meetings, informational interviews and actually putting those connections to use !!

Share this with a vina, who’s on the job hunt!

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU AND YOUR VINA ARE VYING FOR THE SAME JOB

It’s no secret that looking for a job can be a competitive game. You’ve probably worked hard to get where you are, and so have the many candidates you’re up against.

So what happens when one of those candidates is your friend?

FIRST THINGS FIRST: DON’T COMPARE

In situations like this, it’s easy to be consumed by thoughts of who is better at what, who is more suited for the job, and who has worked harder.

Don’t.

Not only will these things hurt your friendship immensely, they damage your self-confidence and your vine’s, too.

DISCUSS IT BRIEFLY, THEN LEAVE IT ALONE

So, you find out you’re going for the same job. There’s no harm in talking about it in hypotheticals with your friend once–but don’t make your time with this friend only about the job. In fact, try not to talk about it. Instead, continue your friendship as is.

BE HER SUPPORT

Encourage her, build her up. Trust she will do the same for you. This is not an easy situation to navigate, and in the event that one of you gets the job and the other does not, you both have an important role to play. Make an effort not to let this be a needle in your friendship, but instead, a defining moment.

What would you do if you and a friend were up for the same job? Let us know below!

THIS IS HOW YOU FIND THE PERFECT SUMMER INTERNSHIP

Finding the perfect summer internship (or finding any internship) can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. You want something that will challenge you but fits with your career aspirations but not one you’re under-qualified for or one located somewhere you can’t afford. And the list goes on.

Finding a summer internship is frustrating.  It’s a lot of time spent combing through postings to find the few that seem right for you and much, much, much more time perfecting your application, résumé, and cover letter for each position you apply for. More and more, in every field, employers are looking less for interns to teach and advise and looking more for a self-sufficient, short-term employee.

So what’s a girl to do?

KNOW YOUR STUFF

Well, for starters, you’ve gotta know what you’re doing, why, and how. You’re probably not going to get your dream internship on zero experience anymore, and the retail job you held for a few years isn’t the experience I’m talking about. Volunteer in your field, freelance until you can’t form words, and get really good at cold calls and emails.

WRITE A REALLY GREAT COVER LETTER

Your résumé could look like a million bucks, but if your cover letter is riddled with punctuation errors, lacks personality, and doesn’t talk about why the company needs you (they know they’re a great place to work, tell them more!), then you might have thrown away your shot.  Personalize your cover letter to the people and company you’re applying to, and don’t be afraid to show who you are in the way your write (unless, of course, you’re applying to a strictly profesh company). Use phrases from the job description to describe yourself, and give actual examples of the skills you’re claiming to have. So you’re good at social? Tell them how good. Increased your campus mag readership by 50% in a month? Shout that, girl!

BUILD YOUR EMPIRE

I can’t say this enough. Shape yourself and your personal brand in a way that would make any employer lucky to have you. Wish you were better at something, or notice a weak spot in your repertoire? Work on it until it’s a strength. It’s hard work, especially when you’re in school, but it’ll pay off.

Once you’ve built a skill, keep record of it, and save examples in a portfolio or in reports. This is more hard evidence for future employers that you know your sh*t.

LEARN TO ACCEPT REJECTION

Even with a perfect résumé and cover letter, stellar skills, and an elevator pitch that would knock Elle Woods’ out of the park, you might still be rejected. Hiring is a tough and cutthroat business, and you never know who you’re up against. Try not to take nos and unanswered emails personally. Focus on yourself, keep trying, and it’ll happen.

Now go impress some people!

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