MAYNARD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2007--The competition for the most coveted internships has never been more fierce - 78 percent of current college students plan to complete one or more internships prior to interviewing for their first job, according to MonsterTRAK's 2007 annual nationwide survey of college students, recent graduates and entry-level employers.* The survey also shows that employers rank professional experience as one of the most important factors they consider when evaluating potential job candidates, making it imperative for interns to make the most of their summer placements. MonsterTRAK is the student division of Monster(R), the leading global online careers and recruitment resource and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST).
"In addition to gaining work experience for their resumes, students should realize that internships also serve as a gateway to future full-time employment and, as such, they need to try to standout among the competition," said Julie Goldthwait, vice president and general manager, MonsterTRAK. "An internship doesn't guarantee full-time employment and to make that transition, interns need to prove their value by demonstrating commitment, professionalism and a positive attitude."
Here are the top tips for students looking to transition from intern to full-time employee, according to MonsterTRAK:-- Be a "Yes" Man/Woman: While some tasks may seem menial, such as standing by the copier, they still add value to the overall project, so be sure to carry out all requests with a positive attitude. -- Punctuality Counts: To ensure you exude the professional demeanor that employers demand, arrive on time or early for all meetings and consistently demonstrate respect for all deadlines and responsibilities delegated to you. -- Take Initiative: Unlike in the classroom where coursework is assigned according to a lesson plan, timing of assignments in the workplace fluctuates. Being proactive and requesting new projects is not only admired, but essential on the job and managers will appreciate the initiative. -- Speak Up, Loud and Clear: While you may not have the same level of experience as your coworkers, your opinions and suggestions are valued equally as they can offer a fresh perspective. Don't be afraid to speak up - by showing a heightened level of involvement you will demonstrate your ability to strengthen any project you undertake. -- Have We Met?: Show interest in understanding the full scope of your organization and its objectives. By getting in front of people from other departments within your company and participating in local industry events, you will expand your professional network and open doors for your career.
"Summer internships provide opportunities for students to explore a career choice, integrate into a professional environment, and to evaluate prospective future employment opportunities," said Gordon Ampel, VP, Operations at specialized film company Focus Features. "Over the years, we have taken note of interns that demonstrate talent, dedication, and professionalism; a select few of those interns have been offered entry-level positions here at Focus. But whether it leads to employment with a given company or not, internships provide students with a launching pad for their careers - especially in highly competitive businesses like film and entertainment."
"In the brief time I've interned at Focus Features, I have already learned so much about the industry that I could not have discovered through my studies as a film minor," said Nicholas Moy, Focus Features intern, and sociology major at Tufts University. "Being on the job everyday offers a much better understanding of the practical aspects of studio work and has introduced me to a network of industry professionals that I plan to connect with leading up to graduation."
For additional advice on how to make the best impression during your internship visit Monster's Making It Count "Winning Characteristics for Success" at http://www.makingitcount.com/students/Career/how_success.asp .
*MonsterTRAK's 2007 Entry Level Job Outlook was conducted from February 15 - March 7, 2007 via targeted online distribution to nationwide MonsterTRAK customer companies, as well as college students and recent alumni who are MonsterTRAK members. Results were recorded from more than 985 employers and over 2,545 students.
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