DePaul Diaries: Life as a Recruiting Intern

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.


How important is having multiple experiences on your resume? Dania Din, PRAD major, feels that you should get as much experience as you can before you graduate. Dania, who will graduate in June, was on the hunt for a full-time position and was applying at many places, including LaSalle Network.

…Get as much experience as you can before you graduate.

Although she was told that it was a bit early to apply for a full-time role, she was encouraged by the LaSalle team to apply for an internship position. So, she did just that; Dania decided that she wanted to get as much experience as possible and set up a foundation to possibly join the growing company full-time in the future.

Before getting to this point, Dania had two other internship experiences and a summer study abroad trip. While these were great opportunities, Dania said that it was worth it to add one more experience to her resume by accepting an internship with LaSalle.

Overall, Dania said she loves working with the LaSalle team, and the experience has been positive. One of her favorite aspects of interning at LaSalle is that the environment is team oriented.

“I’m able to have an open, transparent and communicative relationship with a variety of individuals. My team is also super fun and always laughing and cracking jokes,” Dania explained.

Jokes aside, Dania also really enjoys the work; she is in charge of recruitment and the initial screening process for candidates seeking employment. She also manages job postings and works on recruitment strategies. With this experience and her great team, Dania said she’s learning the value of hard work. “The people at LaSalle work exceptionally hard and they are all 100% invested in the success of the company, not just a paycheck.”

Being involved with the recruitment process at LaSalle, Dania pours over resumes regularly, which means she can attest to the fact that the more experience you have, the better chances of you getting chosen. Dania said the resumes she receives that have some type of experience always catch her eye and will most likely be chosen over a resume with no experience. She went on to say that candidates can apply the skills and education from past experiences to the position they are applying for, which is a key advantage.

Through her own internships, Dania has learned what work environments she prefers and has completely changed career paths. Her biggest piece of advice is, “you should do as much as you can to gain experience for your resume and to learn what you’re looking for in a full-time position post-graduation!”

Google Yourself. Are You Proud?

By: Caitlin Chismark, DePaul University PR and advertising major ’18 and Career Center networking events intern

We’ve all searched for ourselves online to see what links, photos and videos come up, but what if an employer searched your name?

Remember, first impressions matter. LinkedIn isn’t the only website where we need to maintain a professional presence. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even Pinterest are all key channels where you need to keep your image healthy. By cleaning up your Google results, you will be ready for employers to see your online image.

Consider these suggestions for keeping your online presence protected and professional:

Twitter: Go into “Security and Privacy in Settings, and check the “Protect my Tweets” box. This restricts users from viewing or retweeting what you post, and forces them to request to follow you before they can see future posts. Know this, though; tweets that you posted previously when your account was public will still be visible to some users and in some places.

Facebook: Dive into the privacy settings and protect your identity and posts. Make sure your profile is free from inappropriate content and photos; if a friend tags you in a post or photo that you wouldn’t want an employer to see, kindly ask them to untag you and/or delete the material. Keep in mind that although your profile is private, what you post on the Internet is out there, permanently. Be smart, and always ask yourself, “does this need to be on the Internet?”

Instagram: Make sure your account is private unless using it strictly professionally; i.e. you are a photographer or designer and want to show off your images or graphics. Much like Twitter, users will have to request to follow you with your privacy settings on. It seems simple, but don’t post anything on Instagram that you wouldn’t want an employer or family member to see. If you have to question it, it’s probably not worth it to post.

Pinterest: Keep your boards clean. Pinterest isn’t a website that you’d think can affect your online presence, but it is. It’s another platform out there with your name on it. When you do a Google search of your name, click on images. If you have Pinterest boards, you may notice that pins you have saved are included in the results of your search. This can be scary if you used Pinterest five years ago and only saved pins of your favorite “hot celebrities.” To fix this, you can remove pins and create private boards.

Keeping your online image fresh and clean is important because of the role social media and the Internet play in recruiting. It’s time to put on a new, professional face. If you want to learn more about how to safeguard your online presence and maintain professionalism on your social channels, meet with a career advisor; they have all kinds of tips and tricks up their sleeve.

 

4 Opportunities to Mingle with Top Recruiters This Winter

By: Tara Golenberke, marketing professional in the education industry, and former digital media & marketing manager at the DePaul Career Center

If one of your goals this year is to build a more career-ready you, here are upcoming events that will help you gain exposure to recruiters, learn about open positions and get noticed from top professionals.

Go kick butt this winter.

Careers in Technology
January 25  |  5-7 p.m.  |  DePaul Center, DePaul Club, 11th floor

Interested in exploring career paths with professionals in the technology industry? At this event, you will have the opportunity to gain insights into the tech trade and its career paths, and participate in round table discussions with representatives from Microsoft, Razorfish, Intel Security, Citigroup and more. Get the details, here.

Winter Internship Fair
February 10  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Lincoln Park Student Center, 120AB

All DePaul students and alumni are welcome to participate in this career fair. Recruiters from multiple industries will be seeking qualified candidates for internships in a variety of capacities. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, CME Group, Hyatt Hotels, US Foods and others. Plan ahead and learn more.

Education Fair Consortium
March 1  |  3-6 p.m.  |  Lincoln Park Student Center, 120AB

DePaul is teaming up with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University to bring employers, schools and districts to our campus; these employers are seeking teachers, administrators, advisors and counselors for current and future openings in all areas and levels of education. Visit the event in March, and start networking with top representatives in education. Learn more, here.

Creative Job & Internship Fair
March 7  |  3-6 p.m.  |  DePaul Center, Concourse Level

This mini career fair presents a unique opportunity to network and connect with creative industry professionals and recruiters. At this event, you will learn about current and future full-time, part-time and internship positions. Students majoring in animation, design, cinema, journalism, marketing and music, to name a few, are encouraged to attend. Discover which employers will be attending by visiting Handshake.


The DePaul Career Center hosts career-related events, workshops and fairs all year long. Keep an eye on Handshake and be the first to know about upcoming career events on campus, and around Chicago.

What Employers Want to See on Your LinkedIn Profile

At this point, you’ve probably heard from friends, professors, and supervisors how important it is to have a presence on LinkedIn. Employers from all industries are now turning to LinkedIn to communicate their brand, post jobs, and, most importantly, find talent. Even if you’re not actively searching for a job or internship, having a LinkedIn profile gives you an advantage over people who don’t; employers will continue to connect with you to network, or share new opportunities you may not have been aware of, simply by being an active member of the LinkedIn community.

Understandably, creating a LinkedIn profile can be daunting if you’re just starting out. The good news is that LinkedIn makes it easy to create a profile from scratch, and their handy Profile Checklist is a solid starting point. Read below for additional tips that employers have shared with us in the Career Center on creating a strong profile.

Headline

One of the first things visitors to your profile will see is a headline, which is placed directly below your name. This headline is intended to be a few words that quickly establish your brand. If you’re a current student, it can highlight your academic status; e.g. “Accounting Major at DePaul University.” If you have a firm grasp on the type of job you want after graduation, feel free to lead with that; e.g. “Aspiring Public Relations Specialist.” For anyone currently employed in an internship or job, you can list your current position title; e.g. “Graphic Design Intern at [company name].” Regardless of your experience level, you can use the headline to quickly identify yourself to new professionals who visit your page.

Summary

The headline will only provide a quick snapshot of your professional identity, so it’s important that you take advantage of the Summary section to provide a lengthier introduction to your profile. One of the greatest benefits of a LinkedIn profile is that you can highlight as much information as you want; in other words, anything you can’t fit onto a one-page resume such as relevant courses, volunteer work, awards/recognition, etc. The summary, then, is a way for you to bring it all together.

Consider this: Introduce yourself first by talking about major/minor information, followed by some of your experiences, and concluding with the types of opportunities you’re seeking in the short-term, such as an internship or a full-time job. If you decide to pack a lot of information into your LinkedIn profile, employers will appreciate that you’ve created a summary that provides insight into the types of experiences they will find.

When browsing LinkedIn, you may notice that everyone’s summaries vary in length; some people may only use one sentence, others may have three paragraphs. A happy middle ground is ideal. The example summary included in the Profile Checklist is a good template to follow.

Skills & Expertise

This category allows you to list a variety of different keywords that describe your professional experiences and identity. LinkedIn has a pretty deep vocabulary to choose from, so if you were to type in “marketing,” you will also see more specific examples you can add to your profile such as “social media marketing,” “product marketing,” “marketing strategy,” etc. Identify keywords that are most relevant to your background and start building out this section of your profile.

The other benefit of building out this section is that anyone you’re connected with can endorse you for those skills. An endorsement from a contact is like a mini-reference; if you receive an endorsement for the skill “social media marketing,” for example, it means the contact is vouching for your expertise in that particular area. These endorsements can be a powerful way to visually represent your skills and expertise, as seen here, and to prove that not only are you saying you have these skills, but that your contacts can verify that they’ve witnessed these skills in action.

Professional Photo

Even if you are brand new to LinkedIn, it is important that you include a photo of yourself. Recent employer feedback suggests that people who don’t have a LinkedIn photo give the impression that they don’t know how to use LinkedIn. So, adding a picture right off the bat is recommended. While a professional headshot would be ideal, this isn’t always feasible to achieve quickly or cheaply. These 5 tips provide additional considerations for taking a profile picture that’s professional, whether you go the selfie route or ask a friend to snap one for you.

Next Steps

The Career Center offers two workshops dedicated to making the most of your LinkedIn presence: “LinkedIn Basics for Job Searching” and “Leveraging LinkedIn: Using Your Profile to Create Results.” You can search for workshops on DePaul Handshake through the “Events” tab.

Alternatively, you can meet with your career advisor to learn how to customize a profile for your industry of interest. With more and more employers turning to LinkedIn as a hiring tool, we can share tips to help you stand out from the crowd.