Have you ever stayed away from an event, because you did not have anyone to go with you? There is nothing worse than standing around a room where nobody will talk to you. (And thinking that everyone is talking about you.)

When planning any event, think of those people. Always have one or more people in charge of seeking out people standing by themselves, who can introduce them to others. Make sure no one at your event is left standing alone. Or else, next time they won’t be there at all.

Courtesy of Culture and Manners Institute

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Learn about the new GRE test and how to prepare.

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Shrewd executives do not put everything about themselves out there.  They retain some mystery.  Mystery makes a person interesting.

If you post everything that you are doing, thinking and feeling on Facebook, Twitter, a blog, dating websites (oh yeah, your snoopy supervisor and catty co-workers recognized your photo, “Mr. Likes to Laugh!”) or any other social media, your mystery is history.

Courtesy of Culture and Manners Institute

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You have your resume and cover letter edited and polished… and edited and polished again. You’ve submitted them to the employer of your dreams in response to a job posting for which you know you are qualified.  You’ve scheduled an interview, and now the employer is asking for your references!

This is usually the last step in the job application and interview process, and it is usually a very good sign that the employer is interested in you.  It means they are willing to take the time to call all of your references and make sure you are as great as they think you might be.

Here is some advice from an expert on how to make sure you handle this step properly to close the deal:

“Job seekers should provide the information agreed to by their references, so if the reference only gives the job seeker permission to share a phone number, then the job seeker should only share the phone number and should not share an email address. Similarly, if the reference only wants to share an email address, then the job seeker should not provide a phone number.

If the job seeker doesn’t know the methods of communication preferred by their reference then that job seeker simply needs to ask.”

Advice provided by Steven Rothberg, Founder and President of CollegeRecruiter.com

PS- don’t forget to follow up on your interview with a thank you note!

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A dinner napkin is large – fold it in half, making a rectangle in your lap. Even if it comes in a triangle-shape, fold it into a rectangle in your lap.

A luncheon napkin is half the size of a dinner napkin — unfold it all the way, making a square in your lap.

At the end of the meal when you get up to leave the table, do not refold your napkin (even if you do know how to make one of those fancy cranes or roses).  Place it slightly crumpled to the left of your place setting.

Courtesy of Culture and Manners Institute

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Article reposted from College of Social Sciences website: http://css.loyno.edu/masscomm/successes/alumnas-internship-leads-full-time-position-hbo

Cristina Catanzaro, SS ’09, works as a Production Assistant for HBO in New YorkCityafter interning with the company during college. Catanzaro began her work in the Film Acquisitions department in summer 2007 and then in the Creative Services department in summer 2008.

“I was a sophomore at Loyola and got the phone call that I had secured an internship at HBO,” said Catanzaro.  ”I remember saying to myself, ‘This is my chance,’ I knew all I needed was my foot in the door and I would be able to accomplish anything from there.”

Catanzaro returned to school in the fall and began working on production projects and taking classes that she knew would help her improve her skills.

“When it came time for graduation, timing was in my favor and Creative Services needed to fill an entry level position. After a few emails and rounds of interviews, I got the job,” she said.

Her duties include creating trailers, promotions and extra content for all HBO and Cinemax materials. Catanzaro is currently working on the series “Treme,” a show based on Post-Katrina New Orleans.

“I have been in NYC, but have been dealing with all things New Orleans everyday. It has been incredible to tie my two favorite cities together in a profession that I love.”

Catanzaro hopes to one day become a Writer/Producer for HBO.

“I have been very fortunate for where I have ended up, but good timing combined with hard work and ambition can bring you anywhere!”

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By Deborah Federico for Vault Career Intelligence

Every year, a panel of seniors gives advice to underclassmen at Boston University’s School of Management on the topic of how to be successful in an internship. One senior, at a recent event, described an internship as a kind of summer-long interview. Everything you do during your internship will be closely monitored by your supervisors and co-workers to determine both if you are competent and a good fit for the company.

Based on what I have heard seniors say, and what I’ve heard managers say are the key characteristics of a good intern, I have created the following guidelines for rocking your internship. Congratulations on landing that summer internship. Now comes the hard part.

Social Media Mores

You may be dying to find out who posted on your wall or see who just texted you, but don’t log into Facebook and don’t take out your cell phone until you know what the office policy is. Some companies forbid using the internet for personal reasons. Also, never post anything negative about your internship or employer on any social media site–ever!  Not even things like, “Had an awful day at work today.”  If you do post about your internship, keep it positive: “Awesome day at work. Learning so much!” Learn from the Twitter goofs by these employees who were axed for their inappropriate tweets.

Should you “friend” your boss or your coworkers on Facebook? Many students ask me this question. In general, I say no. Of course, every situation is different. A good alternative would be to connect with them on LinkedIn.

Can do and will do

Eagerly do whatever is asked of you, including making copies, getting the coffee or answering the phone. Prove to management that you can do these menial tasks with a smile and you’ll be seen as a cooperative team player. At a recent internship panel, a student shared that he was asked to get coffee by his boss. No problem! he thought. By cheerfully getting coffee for his boss, his boss soon returned the favor.

There was another student interning on Wall Street who spoke of how he had to put together 40 binders at midnight for a client presentation the following morning. Not only that, he also had to find a way to get them to the hotel where the presentation was taking place, and by 6:00 AM. Well, he was able to get the binders there by 4:00 AM. His manager was quite impressed with his attitude of doing whatever it takes to get the job done, and he offered him a full-time job.

Get inquisitive

Students will tell me that they were afraid to ask questions for fear of admitting ignorance. Think of it this way: It’s much better to ask questions than do something wrong or waste time trying to figure things out on your own. Companies don’t expect interns to know everything. If you did, you wouldn’t be an intern!

If you finish your assignments early and have nothing to do, don’t just sit there. Go find something to do—an assignment, a project, something. Approach your direct supervisor. If he or she doesn’t have anything for you at the moment, ask to do a project for someone else in the office. Many overworked employees would readily welcome the assistance of an eager intern—and you’ll be earning lots of kudos from the staff.

Find ways to impress

Go above and beyond what is required of you. Give 100 percent in everything that you do. Make a note of any measurable accomplishments you achieve along the way, then be sure to include them on your resume. Be on the lookout for new, creative, cost-effective ways to do things. As an intern, you bring a fresh perspective and may readily find solutions to problems that full-time employees can’t see. The ability to problem-solve is a key skill that employers are looking for in full-time hires. So if you can hone this skill during your internship, you’ll be able to highlight it on your resume and in your future interviews.

Meet, talk, connect

Get to know as many people as possible during your internship and conduct informational interviews with people who are doing the jobs that you would like to do. As I mentioned above, you probably don’t want to friend your co-workers or supervisor on Facebook, but LinkedIn is the perfect place for you to connect with them. Make sure to stay in touch with these people throughout your senior year and in the future.

A grand exit

Some companies have a formal evaluation process for interns. If your company doesn’t, you should ask for one. You will impress your supervisor with your proactive approach and your openness to receiving constructive feedback.

Make sure to update your resume with your internship details while it is fresh in your mind. Remember to make note of any key accomplishments you achieved, problems you solved or ways you make an impact. Many students will see me after the summer so I can review what they have written about their internships. I would recommend that you do the same with your career counselor, especially if you are a senior who needs to gear up for fall recruiting.

Deborah Federico is an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Career Services in the School of Management at Boston University. Prior to her career in higher education, Deborah worked in the corporate world, primarily doing marketing and market research. She blogs about career advice here and her LinkedIn profile is here.

Link to original article: http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/vcm/detail/Career-Advice/Internships/6-Ways-to-Make-Your-Internship-Count?id=68869&filter_type=0&filter_id=0&sms_ss=email&at_xt=4dd3e7d906eb1099%2C0

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By: Kayla Butler, Economics major- Class of 2012

When I began my academic journey in college, I already had a plan for my definition of success – study business, get involved on campus, find an internship, and network to build my résumé seemed like the right plan for grad school. INROADS was never in my plan, but, by happenstance and being at the right place at the right time, it has become a part of my destiny.

I first heard about the INROADS program at the Mardi Gras Invitational Career Fair. There, I learned that INROADS is an internship program that assists minority students in getting paid internships, while preparing them for leadership in their career and community. After learning about the program, I immediately applied. I was assigned a mentor and went through a series of prep sessions and interviews to prepare me for an actual internship.

My résumé was shopped around to hundreds of companies around the country. During the spring semester of my sophomore year, Chubb Insurance, Proctor and Gamble, and Travelers Companies contacted me, but Liberty Mutual heavily recruited me. After a series of phone and in-person interviews, I was offered a paid internship in Liberty Mutual’s Irving, Texas office.

To be honest, I was not excited about working in insurance at first, but something told me to take a chance and try it. For eight weeks that summer, I worked in Water Mitigation, Bodily Injury, and the Auto Claims Departments.  My internship has been renewed this summer as a Personal Market Claims intern.

To say my internship experience has impacted my life is an understatement. This program has assisted me in my development from student to career woman. No one could have told me that I would spend my summers doing work in the insurance field. However, I am appreciative that I have been able to learn something new and apply my business knowledge to this profession.

The uniqueness of my situation is that I have been able to make the best of this internship experience and now find my niche in this industry. I am also in a position to secure a full-time offer after graduation. A career path I had never considered is now a major gateway to my future.

My internship with INROADS pushed me out of my comfort zone and taught me how to be effective in areas of uncertainty. Because of this experience, I feel prepared to excel in any future career I may choose and I see exciting opportunities in areas that once seemed dull and ordinary. I encourage anyone who is seeking to build leadership skills in a diverse environment, as well as gain experience in corporate America to apply for INROADS.

For more information, visit www.inroads.org.

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Did you know that Business Week ranked the Department of State among the top five places to launch a career?

That’s right. Out of hundreds of employers, a poll of 60,000 U.S. undergraduate students ranked the Department of State among the top five best places to launch a career. 

With opportunities in areas such as:

o Diplomacy
o Security
o Economic Development
o Policy
o Consular and Embassy Services
o Strategy
o Management
o Support Service

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student seeking a substantive internship supporting U.S. foreign policy, there’s no limit to how far you can go.   At the U.S. Department of State, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and most of all, acquire lifelong skills as you represent America to the world. Are you up for the challenge?

Attend the U.S. Department of the State Information Session with Loyola University New Orleans Diplomat in Residence Donna Blair to learn more!

Topic:  U.S. Department of the State Information Session

Date:  Thursday, April 14, 2011

Time:  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Octavia Room — 2nd floor Danna Student Center

The career opportunities are endless—and they all start right here.  Begin by finding out which program is right for you, or speaking with a Diplomat in Residence about student programs with the U.S. Department of State.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the tour you have all been waiting for is finally coming to New Orleans for one night only!  Next Monday April 11, 4-9 PM

No, it’s not the reunion tour of Van Halen… It’s even better than that!

Leveraging Up Presents: The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program

Entertainment Diversity Career Night: Interactive Recruiting Opportunity for Internship and Employment Opportunities

Featuring representatives from:

DreamWorks Animation SKG


Turner Broadcasting System

OWN-Oprah Winfrey Network




The FREE event will be held at Xavier University of Louisiana

Qatar Pharmacy Auditorium

April 11, 2011 4-9 PM

Light refreshments will be served


Come dressed “business casual” with resumes in hand!

Questions?  Contact Georgia McBride at gbmcbrid@loyno.edu

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