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2013 Guide to Finding Jobs & Internships

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HIRE ME! 13 15 17 Table of Contents 7 9 3 CHOOSING YOUR PATH • Self-Exploration • Caveats When Choosing Your Path MAKING YOURSELF MARKETABLE • Start thinking about which skills are your strengths • Work towards improving skills that are currently weaknesses • Devote some time and energy to career exploration THE TEENLIFE GUIDE TO FINDING JOBS & INTERNSHIPS 11 RESUMES & REFERENCES • Your resume is a first impression • Be honest about your skills and experiences • Your resume should reflect what is most important to a hiring manager • Be ready to talk about anything on your resume • Line up your references before you start your job search 19 NETWORKING & FINDING OPPORTUNITIES • • • • First things first It's not about you Connect, connect, connect Check out other resources COVER LETTERS • Don't take the lazy way out • Marry your background to the employer's needs • No errors JOB INTERVIEWS • • • • • • • Research and prepare in advance Tell why your work matters Dress appropriately for the interview Arrive early for the interview Turn nervous energy into a positive Don't dread open-ended questions Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview • Follow up with a perfectly written thank-you note or e-mail MAKING YOUR JOB A SUCCESS • Benefits of doing your job well • The fundamentals of good job performance www.tec-coop.org INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Internships offered during: • summer months • the academic year • after school hours • the school day • post secondary/ gap year "Together we create more possibilites" Find us on Facebook TEC Interns Follow us on: 21 STARTING A BUSINESS • Positives of being your own employer • Ideas for teen businesses twitter TEC Internships Visit our website for more information. Contact Sherri Sigel at ssigel@tec-coop.org THE TEENLIFE GUIDE TO FINDING JOBS & INTERNSHIPS 4

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