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Importance of Internships

Internship

As a student, internships can teach you more about the industry you’re interested in, or can completely change your mind about it. When speaking to many of our top clients they all agree: internships are an important part of a candidate’s work history. They are looking for someone with not just a degree, but a candidate with knowledge of their field, and some basic work experience. An internship allows you to not only improve your resume, but it will also help you make valuable industry contacts. Working as an intern can leave a great impression with the company you are working with and can also provide you with a great reference letter at the completion of your internship. Don’t take your internship experience lightly. Work hard, ask questions, and take advantage of the opportunity. It could have a lasting effect on your future!

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Do’s and Dont’s of Cover Letters

Cover letter

What is a cover letter and why is it a key feature of an application? A cover letter introduces you, highlights your skills and relevant experience, provides specific details about why you are qualified for a specific job, and serves as a request to meet with a potential employer. Since this is an employer’s first impression of you, it is important to take the time in writing an impressive and unique cover letter. When writing your cover letter, we suggest you:

  • Consider an appropriate tone and format for each application, since your cover letter may vary depending on the position you are applying for. It’s a good idea to reflect your personality through your writing style so the letter isn’t too bland.
  • Do not write phrases such as “Hope to hear from you soon!” or “Please get back to me ASAP!” in the concluding portion of your letter. Use a simple statement such as “I appreciate your taking the time to review my qualifications” or “Thank you for your time. If you have any further questions feel free to contact me at _____”
  • Send your cover letter as a PDF (If not instructed otherwise). Almost everyone can open a PDF file without any formatting issues.
  • Make sure your cover letter is clear and organized. There should be no typos, spelling or grammatical errors.

Following these tips can help you stand out to employers as an impressive candidate. Leave us a comment if you have any additional advice on writing a cover letter!

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The Best & Worst Resume Phrases

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Our friends at CareerBuilder put together a survey of the best and worst words to use on your resume. They asked over 2,000 hiring managers and here are their results:

The Worst Résumé Terms

1.      Best of breed

2.      Go-getter

3.      Think outside of the box

4.      Synergy

5.      Go-to person

6.      Thought leadership

7.      Value add

8.      Results-driven

9.      Team player

10.   Bottom-line

 

The Best Résumé Terms

1.      Achieved

2.      Improved

3.      Trained/Mentored

4.      Managed

5.      Created

6.      Resolved

7.      Volunteered

8.      Influenced

9.      Increased/Decreased

10.   Ideas

 

After reviewing this list maybe you should take some time to look over your resume, do you have any of the words on the worst list? If you ever need help with your resume, ask your recruiter! We are here to help you.

PCG Partners: Rachel Levin Style

Rachel

 

We are so excited to introduce you all to Rachel Levin. Rachel started her career working with Saks Fifth Avenue while attending school in Ohio where she studied Fashion Merchandising and earned her MBA.  It was during her time at Saks Fifth Avenue where she starting working in Designer Sales and realized how much she loved building one-on-one relationships with clients. She then moved to NYC and after gaining management experience in sales, merchandising, operations and development as a Director for Saks and GM for Intermix she decided to start her own styling business. She loves being a part of people’s day to day business as well as their special moments. As she says, “Helping someone find clothing that works for them can start a chain reaction of positivity into other areas of their life; it’s magical for me to be a part of that.”

Rachel has offered to answer your questions, think of her as an honorary PCG team member. The first question comes up again and again with our recent graduate candidates.

What are your styling tips for starting a new job?

Always know your audience! Understand the culture of the company you are interviewing with and how to dress to represent their brand. Spend money on investment pieces that are versatile so you can work them into your wardrobe. For example, a statement jacket with a unique element can be a great piece you can wear with jeans or dress pants based on the company. When you are interviewing wear your best of the best when it comes to accessories, take out your good handbag and wear your nice shoes! Once you have the job never get too comfortable when it comes to your style. We can all be guilty of this but you should put the same thought and pride in what you wear each day to work as to your interview.

If you have any questions for Rachel please leave them in our comment section below. You can find Rachel online at her site at rachellevinstyle.com or on Instagram @rachellevinstyle

Open House for Recent Graduates

Open House

Rethink Your LinkedIn Photo

LinkedIn

The photo at the top of your LinkedIn page may be one of the most important parts of your profile. LinkedIn’s research shows that a profile with a photo is 11 times more likely to be viewed than one without a photo.  This is because you are the brand! It is worth your time to give this photo some thought before adding it to your profile. See an example of what NOT to do in the photo above.

When choosing a photo maybe a pic of your dog, kids or a group shot would be nice. Or maybe a casual look with sunglasses or wearing a baseball cap. No way! None of these are good ideas.  Looking natural yet polished is always your best choice. Your profile is a modern day resume, focus on a career-worthy photo.  Think about what a potential employer would be looking to hire and try to present yourself in that way. But the photo you choose doesn’t have to be boring! It is great to have a creative profile photo of you are in a creative industry, but if you are an accountant, a creative photo may not be the best choice.

When taking a photo it is best to take it against a sold background, you don’t want anything distracting happening in the background. This also goes for your outfit choice; something professional and polished is always a good idea. If you already have a photo you are happy with, make sure it’s current and presents you in the best way possible.

Speaking as a group of recruiters, we want to know who you are! We want to see your friendly face prior to meeting with you. Your LinkedIn photo should make the same impression on people as if you were greeting them personally. Make it warm, approachable, and professional.