Success Story | Yifei (Duke) Lu, Human Resource Development
Describe your position.
My position is Internship Assistant, and I am working for the Minnesota Historical Society.
What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
The thing that I most enjoy is I am working for a great manager. My manager always gives me clear goals, work orders, and schedules. In fact, she helps me to focus on my job and give me less pressure in my work. On the other hand, I also think she can always teach me a lot of things. She is a steady and careful person. I am enjoying working for my manager.
I think what is most challenging is that I need to learn how the American workplace operates. This is my current challenge as an international student, but it is also a great chance to learn.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship/job search process?
Networking. I believe the networking is always very important to every job candidate.
During your internship/job search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
Being confident. I think this is the very important for a job interview. I think people need to get enough sleep before a job interview, because high quality sleep can help you save energy and this can help you look more confident during a job interview.
Researching the position is the best thing to make a job candidate stand out. They have to show that they know more details about the job and they have their faith to do a better job than other people. Also, if job candidates do research for their positions, it can prove that they really understand the duties of the position and that they are the right person for the position.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Create Your Own Resume and Cover Letter. Have copies of your resume and cover letter ready and bring them with you the first day you begin your job search. You never know who you will meet and who maybe able to help you. You may change the content and tailor your resume and cover letter to match the requirements of the job you're applying for, but, the contact information and your opening and closing paragraphs won't need to be changed.
Be Sharp in Your Professional Dress. First impressions last, and it always very important to be you!