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Three Ways to Cope With Rejection


It’s not a pretty word, let’s face it. Especially when it’s bestowed upon you. As in, “No, we don’t like your work.” Or, “No, that’s not a good idea.” Or simply the silent treatment which we pretty much take for a no anyway.

Per a piece on The Intern Queen, there are a few ways to shrug it off and not let it affect your day. Lauren Berger writes, “Rejection is the biggest fear that young people have about the workplace. And it make sense – in the media, we don’t usually read about people’s failures – we read about their successes.”

She adds, “But I promise, with every success comes a rejection. If I hadn’t been rejected countless times – I wouldn’t be running the business that I am today.”

Here are a few ways to handle the inevitable not-so-fuzzy-feeling… Read more

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Making the Most Out of an Internship

While this time of year resonates with college students and grads for internships, experienced workers may find themselves pursuing an internship as well to get hands-on experience and a foot in the door.

Lauren Berger, also known as the Intern Queen who landed 15 internships in four years, tells TIME there are several ways to make the most out of an internship. For starters, she says to know your rights. Considering a few companies have been sued over unpaid internships, you’ll need to know what’s legal and what’s not.

For instance, buzz words like “sales” or “commission” certainly raise red flags. If you’re an intern, you really shouldn’t work on projects that impact revenue.

Moving on, Berger emphasizes getting a mentor. How do you do this? Sounds pretty simple by asking the internship coordinator for permission to contact an executive internally. It’s essentially a quick meeting to simply ask the exec how he or she got started in the business, any mistakes they made early on, and how they would break in today if they were in the intern’s shoes.

The importance of the mentor is raised again as the internship comes to a close. Instead of asking point blank to have a job, the Intern Queen suggests asking for advice.

In the piece she explains, “I tell students to take the pressure off of thinking the internship will turn into a job. An internship doesn’t guarantee that you’ll work at the company afterwards. What you need to do is leverage your contacts and stay in touch with them.” Plus, an internship is a terrific way to get a referral and recommendation for future employment.