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Relocating for an Internship

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am relocating from Eugene, Ore., to Portland, Ore.  I am involved in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication’s program called Portland Senior Experience, a portfolio-building internship program that allows graduating seniors to finish their remaining coursework in Portland while interning at a company doing journalism and communications-related work.

Relocating is not easy.  I am moving two hours away and I may as well be moving across the country.  I have spent my last three consecutive weekends commuting to Portland to look for a place to live.  I found it difficult, to say the least, to find a place.  Most decent places that are conveniently located are either too expensive or require a long lease.  While I love Portland and see myself establishing a life and career there after college, I am hesitant to commit to a long lease because I don’t yet know what my job situation will be.

The company I will be interning for, Elemental Technologies, a thriving startup company located in the heart of downtown Portland, may decide to hire me after the internship is over.  I am hopeful that they will, but there is always the chance that they won’t at which point I will need to look for other opportunities.  I will focus my job search in Portland, but if I happen to find an offer I can’t refuse somewhere other than in Portland, I will need to relocate…again!

After many grueling trips to Portland and after seeing one awful apartment after the other, I finally found the perfect place to call home.  It is the diamond in the ruff—the needle in the haystack.

I applied for the place and was accepted!  It is a gorgeously redone apartment in a very nice, quiet and safe neighborhood and it is close to downtown.  The place couldn’t be more perfect.  I have, however, run into a few slight obstacles.  First of all, I have a cat and the property owner didn’t want to allow animals.  I was able to talk her into it though—whew!  Of course, I have to pay a hefty pet deposit, but I’m not worried about it.  Secondly, I was told it was a month-to-month rental agreement—this is perfect for me because of my situation—but the landlord is looking for someone long-term.

I wish I could see into the future and know where I will be in four months.  Since that is not doable, I just have to cross my fingers and hope for a series of events that work in my favor…

Wish me luck!

“My résume is not all lies! My name is correct!”

February 1, 2010 1 comment

I was recently accepted into an internship program through the University of Oregon called Portland Senior Experience.  I am in the process of interviewing for possible internship positions.  While preparing my résumé, portfolio and references I began thinking about how many opportunities, during the employment process, people have to be dishonest about their school and work record and their accomplishments.

Personally, I have never considered lying or even bending the truth to a potential employer, but I have heard many stories of people who have and the truth is always found out somehow, especially with the internet and all of the different ways to find out information about people.  (See my previous post, “How did you know I like DnB music and Persian food?”)

I did an internet search for “how to lie on your résumé” and Google returned 210,000 pages.  It is a shame that this type of unethical behavior is encouraged.

A good company will check references and validate information about potential employees to make sure the information they’ve been provided is true and correct.

Ultimately, some morally bankrupt people who have nothing to lose will always be dishonest in an attempt to get ahead. Take the ethical route.  Be honest.  Work hard.  And you will be rewarded.