Thursday, December 1, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
I hope you had a great week. You had mentioned that you’d be in touch with next steps on the hiring process by Wednesday, so I just wanted to check in. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help with your decision.
I hope you had a great week. You had mentioned that you’d be in touch with next steps on the hiring process by Wednesday, so I just wanted to check in.
In the meantime, I wanted to share a social campaign that I launched this week. It’s already had more than 5,000 shares—the company’s second most successful program ever. I think something similar to this would be very impactful for Dolby, and I’d be excited to jump right in and get started.
In the meantime, I wanted to share that I finished this month as the #1 sales rep in the New York market. It was a big honor, and also a reminder that I’m ready for my next challenge, hopefully as the Sales Manager at Dolby.
In the meantime, I wanted to share that I just put the finishing touches on a crisis communications plan for one of our technology clients—a three-month process that involved collaborating with everyone from the customer success team to the CEO. It was a great experience, and one that made me even more excited about the opportunity to work on the communications team at Dolby.
In the meantime, I wanted to share an article that I published last week on LinkedIn, which was inspired by the conversation we had about [topic you discussed in interview]. It’ll give you a little more on how I think about [subject matter]. Thanks for the inspiration—I hope we have the opportunity to work together and have many more of these conversations.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
When it comes to job interviews, how you act can make as much of a difference as what you say.
1. Warm up"When you get there early, go to the bathroom and warm your hands, either under hot water or under a hand dryer," suggests Susan Bearry. "Dry, warm hands inspire confidence. Cold, clammy hands are a big unconscious turn-off." Putting yourself in the right mindset from the start will calm your nerves and help you focus.
2. Mirror their movementsMirroring your interviewer's hand gestures and breathing subtly shows them you're on the same page, says Quora user Zambelli Sylar Federico. But remember, it's more understated than flat-out copying their every move, which would likely come across as creepy. "They scratch their nose with left hand, you touch your face with right hand. They cross their legs, you cross legs the opposite way," Federico explains.
3. Take your timeYou might feel compelled to answer each question right away, but don't be afraid to take a few seconds to collect your thoughts. Not only will your answer sound more articulate, but you'll sound more confident to your interviewer. "It communicates to people that you know your own value. The vibe is that of someone who knows that what they have to say is worth the extra wait," Tim Chi says.
4. Watch your body languageA nervous habit, such as cracking your knuckles or playing with your pen, can give the wrong impression to your interviewer. For example, avoid crossing your arms. "This gives off the vibe that you're closing in on yourself and not willing to understand," warns Melinda Edwards. Similarly, don't fidget too much. "This makes the interviewer uncomfortable, because they see how restless you are," she adds.
5. Bond with your interviewerFinding common ground with your interviewer creates a personal connection that makes you more memorable and likeable. "Subtly compliment your interviewer on the questions he or she asks, or on some aspect of their personality," Susan Bearry says. "Try to find something that will bond you, such as commenting on pictures of his or her family, or sports teams."
6. Visualize your ideal interviewJohn Sannicandro recommends picturing yourself nailing the interview starting a few days beforehand. "Rehearse how you want to feel emotionally during the interview and get into that resourceful state many times during the days before," he says. "You will be better able to tap into that state when it counts." For example, if your nerves cause you to blurt out the first answer you think of, visualize yourself giving calm, composed responses — it will help you get into that mindset on the big day.
7. Read facial cuesYour interviwer's body language can provide valuable feedback to how the interview is going if you learn to read it correctly. For example, if they lock eyes with you, they're probably expecting you to elaborate more, says Quora user Abhishek A. Singh. Picking up on these nuances will help you tailor your responses to keep the interview on track.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Having an internship on an indie film that never sees the light of day may be terrific real world experience, but it’s not as good a resume builder as summer intern at Paramount, or office intern for the next JJ Abrams film. In the beginning, you want to have the most recognizable companies or projects on your resume. Even if it’s subconscious, a future employer will think, “Well, I’m sure a big studio like Paramount really vets their employees, so this candidate would be a good bet for us, too.” It gives you instant credibility and makes you stand out from a pack.
Student loans are real. So, depending on your situation, you might need to take something for the money. I’d like to think we live in a world that values experience over a dollar, but we have to be realistic.
Some internships are just places to learn. But one day, it could be a place for you to earn. So, ask the question—as one opportunity might have better long term potential than another.
Every situation is different and you need to make sure that you can keep your grades up and also give the required time and effort to an internship. Be realistic with yourself about how much you can handle. A CAA internship is a regular 40 hour work week, while an entertainment finance company might have you come in once a week for an afternoon.
Most internships are spent doing work that nobody else wants to do. A few years ago, I had an intern working on other side of my desk. Literally. I said, “If this is uncomfortable to be this close, I totally get it, but we don’t have the space for you, and I don’t mind at all.” He was doing data entry, had a great personality, and was easy to be around. He would engage me in conversation and was interested in the stories of where I worked and with whom. He was an excellent intern. When he completed his internship, I told him I’d be happy to be a reference for him anytime. Well, a few months later, he wanted a job at Ben Silverman’s company, Electus. Because of our conversations over the summer, he knew that I knew Ben. Without hesitation I emailed Ben, telling him about this fantastic intern. Ben responded, and my intern was hired by Electus! Take the internship that will give you the best access to some of the executives who could eventually help you.
If you love reality TV, working for Evolution Media, producers of The Real Housewives of OC and BH would be ideal for you. This is where you can really shine. If you’re asked to cover the phones when the receptionist has a doctor’s appointment, you’ll look like a star when all of those hours of TV watching actually help your career. A woman on the phone named Lisa calls for the Head of the Company, you intuitively know to ask, “Is this Ms. Vanderpump or Ms. Rinna?” It shows that you’re really invested in what the company does and that you’d make a great future employee. Let your natural interest be your guide.
Will it be easy for you to get to and from the internship and still make your classes? Will it make sense for you to drive everyday from your apartment downtown LA to Canoga Park to work for 2 hours? The answer to that one is a definite no; it will be more hassle than it’s worth. If it were a full-time job, I’d feel differently. But if you’re deciding between two internships, then accounting for traffic and distance is essential.
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