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5 Things That Will Make or Break Your Resume

PursueAsia | Friday, 29 April 2016

It's that time of year again when my office is sifting through summer internship applications looking for the perfect candidates to help grow into full-fledged wedding planners. We take our internship program seriously here - it's not an unpaid gig and the interns get to experience literally every aspect of a wedding planning company from every perspective.

So when it comes to choosing the soon-to-be and recent grads that I'm going to have to spend A LOT of time with, we are picky. Traditionally, the current Weddings in Vieques interns help me sift through the piles of resumes and cover letters to determine who is an appropriate candidate, and who is not. And those are just the resumes that I actually print out.

I receive about 500 resumes for our summer internship program and 200-300 each for fall and winter/spring. At least half of them never make it off the computer. My goal is to help students become amazing professionals in the field I work in (event planning), but I don't limit myself to only considering students with certain majors. I look for experience - paid or not - that shows the candidate has a bona fide interest in weddings and event planning.

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How to Land an Entertainment Internship

PursueAsia | Friday, 29 April 2016

The entertainment industry is probably one of the toughest industries to break into, but it's also the most rewarding. The industry is full of excitement, and fast paced jobs in television, film, and music are in high demand, especially among young people. However, this widespread interest only makes it harder for recent graduates to land their entertainment dream jobs.

One of the best ways to get your foot in the door in the entertainment industry early in your undergraduate career is an internship position. If you're able to land one of these prestigious entertainment internships, then you'll be well on your way to getting a full time job in the business. Here are five tips for landing your dream entertainment internship :

1. Be open about which part of the industry you want to go into. Even if you are 100 percent sure that you want to get a career in television, don't limit your search to entirely television related internships. The important part of an entertainment internship is that it gives you the valuable experience and contacts that will help you get the job that you actually want after graduation. Opening up your search to entertainment internships which may not exactly be in your first choice part of the industry will give you a lot more options to apply for, which will increase your chances. It will also give you more insight into the process of actually getting an entertainment job, which is similar across all of the different industries. Plus, having experience in different parts of the industry could help you stand out when it comes time to apply for a full-time job.

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Are Unpaid Internship Worth it?

PursueAsia | Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lawsuits are in vogue this summer as unpaid interns go after their former employers. Hearst, Conde Nast, and even Gawker are feeling the heat as disgruntled former interns take them to court. As a recent graduate who used paid and unpaid internships to garner experience and help figure out a career path, I was taken aback by the recent slew of suits.

When I was a rising sophomore I started my first unpaid internship at a government relations office Washington, DC. The experience gained and relationships made were worth far more to me than the paycheck I could have made at a normal summer job.

My first internship served as a springboard to many other internships - paid and unpaid - that eventually led to the career path I'm on now. The diversity of the internships I completed helped shape my professional skill set and prepared me to compete in an over-saturated job market.

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9 Tips to Building a Successful Summer Internship Program

PursueAsia | Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Over the last twenty years, we've had many interns join us at Team Bonding. The vast majority of them ended up making significant contributions to our business in one way or another - from helping us hone our team building event offerings to building out our social media presence.

A few of them even went on to join our team full-time. If there's one thing I've learned it's that internship programs, when done right, have huge symbiotic benefits for both the intern and the host company. We've compiled some tips to help you get the most out of your summer internship program.

1. Know where to look and what to look for Finding internship talent is easier than ever. Thanks to sites like College Recruiter, ScriptEd and Internships.com, employers have access to a virtual marketplace of interns with all types of backgrounds, skills and experience. However, before you try to identify the best talent, you need to know what it is you're looking for. Ask your employees where they need the most help then make a list of necessary qualities an intern will need to get the job done. This will make it easier for you to find the right fit.

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Unpaid Internships for Graduates Now the New Norm?

PursueAsia | Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Internships have long been a part of building a career trajectory and most students have resigned themselves to the fact that internships will be unpaid. Many college students spend summers interning at various places, hoping to gain some hands-on experience, a few recommendations and some sense of what they would like to do after graduation.

However, the unpaid internship is now creeping into life after graduation. In May of last year the New York Times reported: No one keeps statistics on the number of college graduates taking unpaid internships, but there is widespread agreement that the number has significantly increased, not least because the jobless rate for college graduates age 24 and under has risen to 9.4 percent, the highest level since the government began keeping records in 1985.

The unemployment rate for college graduates ages 20-24 this August was 10.8 percent. For those with a Bachelor's degree, the number was 10.6 percent while those with a Master's degree faced a 17.2 percent unemployment rate, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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