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So You Haven’t Had an Internship Yet…

You shouldn’t need to have a previous internship to land a future one.  Believe it or not, there are companies out there that require students to have experienced an internship before they can receive one within their walls. The whole point of an internship is to get your foot in the door and experience something [...]


How to Flunk an Interview and Drive your Career Services Advisor Crazy

Want to drive a Career Services professional crazy? Just register for workshops – and then don’t show up. This is easily the most frequent complaint at any industry gathering. Many of my peers see “no-shows” as exhibiting a lack of respect or entitlement. But I see it in a different way – I see it [...]


Tried and True Interview Advice

Viacom recently began our spring internship recruitment and interview process. Each member of the College Relations team holds around ten to fifteen interviews a day with internship candidates. That’s a lot of interviews! We wanted to compile a list of “Interview Prep” tips because after all it’s all about how you prepare. Whether you are [...]


Career Fair Do’s and Don’ts

It’s that time of year– the college career fair circuit is in full effect. One of the goals of the Viacom College Relations team is to spread awareness about our internship program. In the fall, we travel to a variety of college campuses every week to find talented students (like you). It’s always rewarding to [...]


Always an Intern, Never an Employee

“What do you plan on doing in the future?” I asked an interviewee. “I think I am going to go back and get another internship,” she replied excitedly. The interviewee had been an intern three times prior, yet her goal was to snag another internship. It makes me wonder: When do internships begin to hurt [...]


You’re a Great Student… But No One Hires Students

You’ve just left your old-school career center with a brand new resume. According to the advice you received, the resume is “perfect”. You’ve listed your GPA, relevant course work, the class assignments you’re most proud of – and, of course, your well-thought-out objective statement. You can’t lose, right? And yet  after graduation, you can’t get [...]


Start Off Your Career on the Right Foot

As the manager of Viacom’s Internship Program, I’ve been able to witness hundreds of students’ first steps – literally. I’ve witnessed their first steps into our building, as well as their first steps into a possible career.  Often, employees forget that this may be a student’s first time interning or working in a major corporation. [...]


Why Do We Hate to Network?

Why do we hate to network? With career fair season underway, I am finding my student appointments filled with conversations about how to work the room, meet companies and make an impression. Only it isn’t the students initiating these conversations. Nope – more often than not it is me trying to convince students to do [...]


Moving On After a Disappointing Internship

The majority of the students who interned with Hyatt this summer really exceeded my expectations and I was quite pleased to read so much positive feedback on their evaluations.  Although it was great to see so many of them be declared “superstars”, there were a few who had less than successful internship experiences. I’m sure [...]


The Truth About Cover Letters

One of the most common questions I get from young job seekers is “Should I submit a cover letter with my résumé?” Well, the answer is that it depends. If the job posting specifically requests a cover letter, then by all means submit one. However, if there’s no request, spend your efforts on tailoring your [...]


Wrapping Up Your Internship

With the arrival of August comes the final weeks of summer and for many students the final weeks of their internships.  Although it’s easy to get caught up in the countdown of days remaining until you return home or are back on campus, here’s a few items for you to accomplish before wrapping up your [...]


No Summer Internship? No Problem!

Greetings to you all! I’d like to thank Michele Posehn for all of contributions to the Student Branding Blog and for her introduction as she passed the Sodexo baton to me in her last post. I look forward to sharing career advice and job hunting strategies with you! As we move forward together, I welcome [...]


Your Resume Has 6 Seconds to Shine

There was a recent article, “What Recruiters Look At During the 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume“, that put together a heat map that tracked the eye movements of 30 recruiters. Pretty interesting article — but what I’m here to share with you today is the 6 basic things you should absolutely, positively, without [...]


Build Relationships to Build a Career

If you’re coming up on graduation, and you’re looking to start your career–this post is for you. If you are a year or more away from graduation, then this post is really for you! Starting and building a career can be a daunting task…that is, unless you invest time and effort upfront to build meaningful [...]


Advance Your Career with Community Contacts

You tweet. You’re on LinkedIn. You’ve got the online networking thing down. But what about offline? Are there some local networking opportunities to consider? Consider your everyday life. You shop, you vacation, and you dine out; in all of those situations, you are encountering people. Life is the original social platform–minus the 140 characters. I [...]

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    Dan Schawbel, the founder of the Student Branding Blog, is a world renowned personal branding expert, the international bestselling author of Me 2.0, as well as the publisher of the Personal Branding Blog.

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