Externships and Social Networking your Way to a Job

Alternatives to the regular interview that can get you work
April 1, 2009 4:51:38 AM PDT
1) We know college students seek internships--working for free in exchange for gaining valuable experience. But now you say adults can do the same with an externship. What's the difference between an externship and ordinary volunteering?Externships

There's volunteering, which is giving your time and talent to a non-profit, and there's interning, which is focused on students giving their time to employers. And now there's externships, which are for professionals to give time to corporations -- think of it as an internship, but for professionals. This is an ideal option for someone who is re-entering the workforce or trying to change fields and needs the benefit of current experience to land that paying job. Tory will explain what it is, how to approach an employer, pitfalls to consider, and how to leverage this to a paid opportunity. (She can also talk about how to leverage volunteer experience -- from picking the right assignment to reflecting it accurately on your resume -- into a paying job.)

2) You also say everyone should use social media -- Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook. Why is this important when looking for a job?

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For job leads, follow Tory on Twitter: Twitter.com/ToryJohnson

You can meet Tory Johnson at her Women for Hire Career Expo tomorrow morning at Navy Pier:

Women for Hire Career Expo
Thursday, 10am-2pm
Navy Pier
600 East Grand Ave.
Chicago
Free Admission
Free Resume Critiquing
Free Seminars During the Event
Business Attire & Resumes Required for Admittance.

Visit www.womenforhire.com for more details, including a partial list of participating employers


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