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Giveaway for New Grads: Free Résumé Proofreading!

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We’ve learned a few crucial lessons by looking at some real-life résumés in our résumé teardowns. Namely: less is moredon’t forget formatting, and, most importantly, mistakes are deal-breakers!

After you’ve spent hours looking at the same document, though, it’s all too easy to let a mistake or two slip in. That’s why we’re partnering with ProofreadingServices.com, an online editing and proofreading company that helps tons of students and recent grads perfect their job application materials.

What’s in it for you?

The winner will receive $125 worth of proofreading services (enough to cover about 40 pages of material, so you can consider your job search sorted).

Want to participate? Great! Just leave a response in the comment section to the following question: What is the most important thing students should do during a summer internship?

The fine print

Contest runs from June 12 to 26, 2013. AfterCollege will choose the winner based on the quality of response. The giveaway is open to new or recent grads (either you’ve graduated in the past 6 months or will graduate in the next 6 months).

Thanks for participating, and good luck!

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20 Responses to “Giveaway for New Grads: Free Résumé Proofreading!”

  1. Lacey Beth Peck

    The most important thing that students should do during a summer internship is demonstrate your toolbox of life skills you’ve acquired over the years. Be punctual, patient, caring, responsible, curious, flexible, have a sense of humor, show integrity, and most of all be willing to learn new things. A summer internship can be a gateway for future career possibilities, so never take it for granted.

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Thanks, Lacey for your great suggestions! When students do summer internships, they might not have a lot of professional skills yet, but they can definitely display all the characteristics you’ve mentioned here.

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  2. Natalie

    The most important thing a student should do during a summe internship is network, network, network!

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Hi Natalie, thanks for your comment! Yes, networking is a great idea! Get to know the other interns, people in your department, and people from the company. Not only can you make some potential friends (and lunch buddies), but they might know about other opportunities in the company or in your industry.

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  3. Mallory Kocher

    The most important thing students should do is try to learn as much as possible. Internships are put into place for a reason: learn and apply. Not only should one enjoy their internship, but they should make sure to gain useful information in order to apply it to their later education or occupation.

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Hi Mallory, that’s a great point! A big part of internships is learning, and it’s especially important to show your employer that you are interested and open to learning new skills and expanding your knowledge.

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  4. Houman Yaghoubi

    I believe the most important aspect of internship is to attentively listen to what the company teaches you and to do your best to perfectly perform what they want from you. Of course, making a good impression on the employer by being punctual, showing commitment, and networking (building strong professional relationships) are the prerequisites.

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Hi Houman, thanks for your comment! It’s true that being open to learning and showing enthusiasm are both really important.

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  5. Bettina Varga

    I believe that the most important things are to show that you are an important asset, learn and network:
    1. Create a win-win situation, where you can improve your skill set and you can help the company with creative thinking. What I did as an intern, always did a bit more research or more designs than they asked for and they really appreciated that as they got more options. I also always created a summary what I did, as everyone is busy, and this short note showed that I understood the tasks and included everything that I did and what they needed. Think out of the box!
    2. Listen and learn as much as possible and don’t be afraid to ask.
    3. Communication and networking are very important with anyone in the company, even if you don’t work together directly with everyone. Maybe later they can help you to find your future job or will recommend you for a position inside the company.

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Hi Bettina, thanks for your response! We agree—going above and beyond what you’re asked will definitely create a strong impression, and there’s nothing wrong with asking when you’re unsure about something.

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  6. suman

    1.They should improve their technical skills as well as should know about job oriented skills
    2.enhance their circle in the industry arena.
    3.learn as much as they can do.. it is the best place to learn..

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Hi Suman, thanks for your comment! We agree that an internship gives you the chance to develop your technical and professional skills.

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  7. Vickie Le

    During a summer internship, I believe it is important for the student to show the company the skill-set that the student can potentially offer the company during the internship and in the long term if the company decides to offer a full-time position later. It is equally important to inquire with the company as to why the student would want to work there long-term. An internship is a shopping/testing period for both the student and the company to see if each party wants to invest time/money in the other in the future.

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Hi Vickie, thanks for your comment! You’re right—an internship is a good opportunity for both the employer and the intern to decide if this working arrangement could work more permanently.

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  8. Jenna Curtin

    Summer internships are one of the best ways for students to network and gain useful skills while still in school. While there are many opportunities during this time period, some aspects of the internship will have higher importance with regard to the students’ future careers. Each day of the internship should be viewed as a new chance to network with people in a field similar to your interests and see what advice they have when it comes to being hired. Every conversation that is had with a current employee should be viewed as a mini-interview, and the intern should make sure they make an impression on that employee. This way, if they choose to apply for a job with that company after graduation, they will already have many people on their side willing to attest to their character. If they go on to decide that the company is not somewhere they would be willing to work after graduation, they will have a network of people in their field that they can pull from for recommendations and continued advice. Just as important, a summer internship will allow the student to become comfortable in the workplace and confident in their skills. These are exactly the type of people that recruiters enjoy meeting with for interviews, and the prior-interns will become the experienced workforce of the next generation.

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Hi Jenna, thanks for your great comment. You make a great point about the fact that you’re building your network while you’re completing an internship. Even if you don’t want to work in the company where you’re interning, your coworkers can be a great source of industry contacts.

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  9. shannon beltran

    The most important things that a student can do during a summer internship is increasing your toolbox of skills and LEARN. We have been reminded countless times that learning is a LIFELONG process. Be a sponge, learn everything you can take in!

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  10. shawna chambers

    In the career I am in, the most important thing is to first land an internship. But seriously, soak in all of the information you can. Learn from those who have walked in your shoes and listen to their words of wisdom. Use the opportunity to focus on where you see your future career and as a chance to get your feet wet before you have to learn how to swim.

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    • Melissa Suzuno

      Hi Shawna, thanks for your comment! It’s true that landing an internship can be difficult. Luckily there are lots of great resources out there (we’re partial to AfterCollege.com, of course) to help you in your quest!

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