“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
My first real job involved walking for miles in 100+ degree heat and pulling the tops off of corn stalks. It’s called detasseling.
One interesting tidbit about detasseling: You want the job? It’s yours.
Seriously, anyone who was over 14 and wanted to work was guaranteed a job. It paid better than other jobs for the few weeks during the summer it lasted, and my boss even threw a pool party for the people who lasted those few weeks without quitting.
This is because a lot of teenagers are actually huge wimps and quit, often on Day 1.
I liked detasseling, but it’s a poor representation of how most jobs work.
Most jobs are a stray scrap of meat being thrown to a sea of hungry dogs – except that you and the other dogs are spread out over miles of forest, and you have to know exactly where the meat was thrown.
Oh, and it turns out the meat was thrown up to a tree branch and you need to learn the skill of climbing with your paws to get it.
Put in more realistic terms, jobs are competitive. You need certain skills to get them, credentials to get your foot in the door, and the ability to network and build relationships in order to get on a recruiter’s radar in the first place.
One of my main focuses on this site is preparing you for this crazy meat-scavenging circus act we call job hunting.
This is a hub page that’ll guide you to the best articles on College Info Geek for learning how to get internships and jobs. Of course, more will be added regularly.
Make Recruiters Want to Hire You
- 97 Actions You Should Take to Become THE Person Companies Want to Hire – This is a good place to start.
- Build a Personal Brand You Can Be Proud Of
- 5 Things You Can Do Today to Make Yourself 2 Billion Percent More Hireable
- The Overwhelming Value of Being Specific
- How to Launch a Career in Digital Marketing (and Beat the Competition)
Establishing Your Online Presence
- The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website – Don’t pass this off as overly difficult. It’s pretty easy, and I’ve been called by recruiters because I had one.
- The Essential Components of a Great Personal Website (Examples Included)
- 14 Hard-Hitting Reasons Why You Must Start a Blog in College
- You’re Not on LinkedIn? Fool of a Took!
Up Your Career-Hunting Game Offline
- How to Rock the Career Fair and Make Recruiters Love You
- 5 Resume Mistakes You’re Totally Not Making (But Your Friends Are)
- How to Become an Expert Networker (Even If You’re Shy)
- The Science Behind First Impressions: How the Halo Effect Can Lend You Instant Credibility
- How to Create Your Own Jaw-Dropping Business Cards
- 10 Interview Do’s and Dont’s to Help You Snag That Job
The Internship Experience
When I did an internship at a huge company back in 2011, I wrote about my experiences and brought on two friends from different departments to do so as well. If you want the perspective of some people who have already interned, this series is for you.
- Origin Story – How I Got My Internship (And Skipped the Interview)
- Week Two – Corporate Life Impressions
- Week Five – Amy’s Experience in Accounting
- Week Six – Sean’s Experience in PR
- Related: How to Make the Most of An Internship-Less Summer
- How I Landed an Internship Without an Interview (Ep. 65)
- In-Depth Salary Negotiation with Jim Hopkinson of SalaryTutor (Ep. 52)
- Resume Tips and How to Land Your First Job with Brad Karsh (Ep. 40)
- 1,086 Miles for a 5-Minute Meeting with Bud Hennekes (Ep. 20)
- Networking the Smart Way (Ep. 17)
- Hustling, Connecting, and Winning with Gary Vaynerchuk (Ep. 8)
- Find a Job You Love with Barrett Brooks (Ep. 6)
- The Art of Promoting Yourself with Dan Schawbel (Ep. 4)