Suited Up for Intern Pursuit
By: Ashley Tinstman, FPRA Quotes Member / UCF Student
It’s that time of year again. College students are tweaking their resumés, attending internship fairs and scheduling interviews with potential employers.
On Monday, Oct. 31, the Advertising/Public Relations program at UCF held its bi-annual internship fair, Intern Pursuit. Nearly 70 employers were in attendance looking for the best writers, the most creative minds, the most dedicated students and … the best dressed.
That’s right. Professionalism is one aspect of the internship search that students often overlook. They have flawless portfolios, outstanding resumés and a radiant smile, but they often forget that their skirt is much too short and their plunging neckline is too revealing. According to Randall Hansen, a professor of business at Stetson University, the most common mistake new employees make is under-dressing. You want to be recognized by your employer for your work ethic and writing skills, not your wildly inappropriate outfit. Appropriate attire should be top of mind for students getting ready to go on an interview, but that begs the question: what do I wear?
To help students who are asking themselves this question, the FPRA Quotes board decided to put on a small fashion show at one of their recent meetings to address any fashion flaws. Two board members wore a revealing and unprofessional outfit, while other two other members were dressed much more conservative – and the visual comparisons help to make the issue clear. We even took it a step further to make a video of our meeting, so that students at UCF and other universities can learn why it’s so important to pick an outfit that is suitable for potential employers but looks stylish, as well!
Here are some additional tips for both guys and girls on what to wear and what not to wear in a professional setting.
· Wear a nice pair of slacks or knee-length skirt
· Wear a conservative shirt or blouse
· Wear a blazer or suit jacket
· Wear close-toed flats or moderate heels
· Wear a tie
· Make sure your belt and shoes match
· Put on natural-looking makeup
· Comb your hair
· Shave or trim facial hair
· Use deodorant
· Wear revealing tops
· Wear short skirts or dresses
· Wear jeans
· Wear T-shirts
· Wear open-toed shoes, flip flops or sneakers
· Wear stilettos
· Wear fishnets (Yes, I’ve seen this one at least a few times)
· Wear too much jewelry or makeup
· Look like a mess!
If you follow these rules, you’ll be sure to impress any potential employer looking your way. You already have the tangible skills they’re looking for. Now show them you’re the young professional they’re looking for too!
Intern for Hire
By: Amelia Guldi, FPRA Quotes Member / UCF Student
For the first time, Quotes, the PR club at UCF hosted its biannual Intern Pursuit on campus in Pegasus Ballroom on Monday, Oct. 31. Although the weather was not completely in our favor, the event proved to be nothing short of a success.
Students seeking internship opportunities were in direct contact with communications professionals from across the Metro Orlando area. Employers in attendance ranged from non-profit organizations to agencies and corporations.
Students transformed themselves into hopeful young professionals; complete with their best work attire, resumes in hand and prepared elevator speeches. Intern attendance ranged from first-time hopefuls to four-time veterans, nonetheless all set to impress the employers and land that pivotal position.
As conversations began flowing, the stress slowly began to fall from students faces; they realized (believe it or not), employers are human too and although it was Halloween, there was nothing to be afraid of.
After having completed three internships and in the midst of my fourth, I can completely relate to the inevitable anxiety surrounding the process: preparing the resume, speaking with hundreds of strangers, nailing the interview and landing the internship. Intern Pursuit was absolutely vital to my success in attaining my internships and building my network.