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trying to land an internship in anything related to communications/management. I have work experience as a server and a cashier, but nothing corporate/office related. been pretty tough so any advice to make me a better candidate or cv/resume tips would be appreciated. thank you!

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Everyone starts somewhere! To start out, I’d recommend trying to apply to “smaller” companies where you can get more experience and then later transition to a more established company in order to, like you said, make you a better candidate. But also, work experience isn’t the only thing prospective employers look for - clubs/involvements where you’ve showcased such skills, and even relevant classes that you’ve taken that you can add to a portion or your resumé where you list relevant coursework. Also, half the battle comes in the phrasing of your experiences. Being in the food services industry involves a good amount of communication skills as well - interacting with customers, training new team members, etc. I’d try to include numbers wherever possible to help quantify things as well. Good luck!

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Being a server or cashier can showcase you have for example multitasking and good interpersonal skills. You can focus on that when in interview. Maybe choose some classes about communication where you can do group projects and so on and then start with a small company for your first corporate experience. Once you have that on your resume it will be easier to do more real corporate communication thing in bigger companies.

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What degree are you working towards? Are you looking to work for an agency or in industry, or go into consulting?

@google 1, thank you! relevant coursework is one i haven’t heard and quantifying might be a little difficult without being like “sold and served over 50 meals a day” but i’ll definitely keep it in mind for the future. @director 1: working towards a BA in Communication with minors in management, philosophy, and finance. I’d like to work in all of the areas you mentioned. I literally have no corporate work experience so at this point, i don’t even know what I don’t know. I would like to find out though.

Sure, first, you have to recognize that being a Mentor actually involves a lot of personal investment in the person you are mentoring. Time, emotion, making introductions etc. You should never, EVER ask someone you don't know to mentor you. That's never ok. Would you like it if a stranger came up to you and asked you to invest in their future out of the blue? But here is what you CAN do: 1). You can ask someone you don't know a very specific, targeted question. Not to pick their brain over coffee, they don't have 30 minutes to spare right now. 2). You may be assigned a coach, buddy or counselor where you work, but don't expect them to do more than the minimum for you because they have a day job too, and you may not want to really share everything with them since they have an influence on your career progression. 3). You can hire and work with an executive coach to help you navigate your career without opening yourself up to risk within your own company (DM me if you want to know more on this).

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