{Career Girl: Nailing that Internship}

My loves,

For those of you who are coming into the world of work, you will know how important the words “work experience” is. This is not because having a background of work is just a corporate tick in the box, it’s that demonstration to your employer that you are so passionate about the role or industry you are applying for. Having great work experience clearly shows that you are committed.
When seeking the work experience
1.       Brainstorm a list of companies you are interested in – take an hour and google the companies, skim their “about us” page, find out if they’re local, think about whether you can see yourself in their environment. There are so many wonderful companies which I’ve worked with as a student, undergraduate and young professional, but there are some which have been fantastic on paper, it’s just that I personally didn’t feel as though it was the environment I’d thrive in.
2.       Set your goals, what would you like to get out of the experience – this does truly matter, if you are on a two week placement, my guess is that you would not gain the most out of a week spent photocopying and making tea. Have a think about what part of the industry or business it is that you want to be involved in, then get online and spent a few minutes reading up about it.
3.       Get communicating - Most companies have twitter feeds, if you’re name is @SEXYBEATCH123 I’d advise not tweeting that you intend to apply to them for work experience, but you can tweet questions about the company. Companies Facebook pages are fantastic ways to find out more current activities, and a great way to communicate with them directly.
4.       Find a name – my current manager advised that I was relentless in getting my position. I found out the name of the person recruiting for the position. This was done through calling reception and interrogating “{ insert here: some made up excuse, student research project, blah blah…} and was wondering who the {insert team here} manager was, I would like to write to he/she.”  I found his name out, that was it. When the HR team did not respond to my initial application, I took a shot at his email address – forename.surname@company.co.uk I printed a hard copy of my CV and application on super pricey watermarked double cotton yadda yadda paper. Why? Because I imagined it in a pile of CVs, and in a not-quite Elle from Legally Blond style, it would stand out. And it did, I was advised that my paper was pretentious, so much so that they didn’t want to throw it away. SCORE. Once the hard copy was in the post, I .pdf-ed a soft copy and sent it toforename.surname@company.co.uk advising that I hadn’t heard from HR and so to be sure, please see attached, I have also posted a hard copy for your convenience. This wasn’t the first time my stalking stealth tactics came into play, I used them during internships, work experience, summer placements, you name it.

All my love, Patricia