The holidays are right around the corner, and you're looking forward to putting up your out-of-office email. But sometimes it can be hard to truly disconnect from work, especially when you're still trying to prove yourself as young talent, or you're hustling to get your portfolio together as a student. Here are some tips to help you set boundaries and step away from work, so you're able to reset and recharge during your time off.
You've heard that you should always negotiate before accepting a job offer, but asking for more can be tricky for young talent. While you want to be paid what you're worth, you also don't want to come off as ungrateful or in it for the wrong reason. Here's a quick how-to on pushing for what you want, while still remaining realistic.
Ashley Sommardahl, Director of Student Affairs & Industry Outreach at VCU Brandcenter, works closely with students and alums to help them land internships and jobs in the industry. She worked at The Martin Agency in Account Management on clients like UPS, Vanilla Coke, and Olympus cameras, before returning to the Brandcenter (she's an alumna herself!), where she's been for 14 years. Today, she shares advice on one of the trickiest sections of your portfolio—the "About Me" section—with the help of some Brandcenter alumni.
To help you connect with the right people, here are 5 methods to find (almost) anyone's email address. These tips should be used responsibly, but without shame. People make their professional info public to expose themselves to great people and opportunities. It's all waiting for you, if you know where to look.
Whether you've secured an internship for the summer or are in the midst of your search, it's smart to start thinking about how to get the most out of your time as an intern. To help you slide into a full-time position, or squeeze the most value from your three month stint, here are five good habits of high performing interns.
After shortlisting the right agencies and priming your resume, the informational interview is one of your most underrated tools. By informational interview, I mean reaching out to someone at an agency you're interested in—whether it's your first one or your next step—to ask for a conversation (via email, phone or in-person) that helps you learn more.