Really, I have no desire to earn any money.
I actually don’t want any money, at all, ever.
What can this global society do with a person like me?
I might as well jump off a cliff !
Eventually, sooner than we think, money will become useless.
I wonder,
Who will be the ones with souls to fall back on?
—  inevitable global collapse

Job 20 - Arrows for the Wicked

Big Idea:

  • Zophar speaks up for a second time.
  • He wants to defend himself, “I hear a rebuke that dishonors me.
  • Zophar says that wicked people are happy for a short time, but then they are cast down, “Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens… he will perish forever, like his own dung.”
  • He compares wickedness to sweet-tasting poison, “He will spit out the riches he swallowed.
  • Zophar closes by saying that a wicked man will meet justice in the end, “God will vent his burning anger against him. …bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.”


Tips for Landing the Perfect Internship

By Lisette Avila
Loyola University Packback Brand Ambassador

Internships are a great way for college students to get their foot in the door and hopefully figure out what kind of job they want after graduation. If you’re not sure whether you picked the right major, an internship is a good learning strategy to see what exactly it is that you want out of your future career. But how does one land the internship of their dreams? Here are a few tips to turn your dream into a reality!

First start by updating your resume. If you don’t have prior work experience, it’s a good idea to include relevant coursework in your resume. For example, if you are a marketing major, including class projects where you created a marketing strategy for a company or conducted a market research survey can help you stand out from other students applying for the same internship. It shows your future employer that you have prior knowledge and are passionate about the position you are applying for as it applies to your major.

Another good internship practice is to create and/or update your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool for business professionals. This can also help you get noticed based on the work experience and skills you list on your profile. Many job recruiters turn to LinkedIn to find the perfect candidate. It is also a great way to keep in touch with business professionals or past professors you have had. Speaking of professors, they are also a great resource for internship knowledge. Many professors love hearing about students’ future career plans and are more often than not happy to review a resume or write a letter of recommendation if needed.  

Building off having a strong LinkedIn profile and keeping in touch with professors, networking is extremely important. Going to career fairs at your school are a great way to meet future employers. It may seem like a lot of effort to have to get dressed up and print multiple copies of your resume, but it is definitely worth it! People will give you their business cards and it is important to keep them and connect with those people on LinkedIn because it shows you have initiative and are motivated to land the internship you really want and maybe even a full time job.

Once you’re in the part of your college career where internships are an essential part of getting a full time job, it may make you very nervous to embark on this next chapter of your life. It is important to be confident when interviewing for an internship and to have a strong argument for why you are a worthy candidate, so just relax and be yourself!

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so the group interview for lush went really well today and they called me and said i have a trial shift on friday for an hour and a half so i’m super nervous. i’m here trying my best to memorise all the products in store so i can impress them ahhh my stomach is in KNOTS 

40 Questions to Ask in an Informational Interview
Most job hunters, realizing that networking is critical to their search, work hard to arrange face-to-face meetings with contacts. But setting up appointments with all the friends, professional acquaintances and corporate bigwigs you can is just the first step. More important is knowing what to say once you arrive. Since wasting contacts’ time is unacceptable, you should prepare an agenda before each meeting. Decide what you would like to find out from your contact, then prepare questions to elicit that information. 

To simplify the query-writing process, review the following list of questions. Pick those that are most appropriate, then tailor them to fit your personal situation and speaking style. Formulate some of your own as well, but don’t try to squeeze in too many questions. It’s better to leave contacts wanting more than to wear out your welcome.

What Work is Like

  1. Could you describe one of your typical workdays for me?
  2. What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis? 
  3. What parts of your job do you find most challenging? 
  4. What do find most enjoyable? 
  5. Are there any negatives to your job? 
  6. How many hours do you work in a typical week? 
  7. Which seasons of the year are toughest in your job? 
  8. How would you describe the corporate culture

Keep in mind that you can use information that you know about the company or industry within your question. This shows your knowledge base and seriousness. An example of how to make question #7 more relevant: “As an accountant at a medium-sized local firm, I’d imagine that your busiest seasons revolve around your clients’ fiscal year ends, which can vary. What would you say would be the most demanding times of the year for your firm’s accountants?”

State of the Industry

  1. Is this field growing enough so that there’s room for someone like me? 
  2. Are too many or too few people entering this profession? 
  3. What developments on the horizon could affect future opportunities? 
  4. This industry has changed dramatically in the past five years. What have you seen from inside your company? Where do you think the changes will happen in the next five years? 
  5. How frequently do layoffs occur? How does it affect the morale of employees? 
  6. Why do people leave this field or company? 
  7. Who are the most important people in the industry today? 
  8. Which companies have the best track record for promoting women and minorities? 
  9. Are there opportunities for self-employment in your field? Where? 

An example of how to make #11 more relevant: “I’ve noticed that the state and federal governments have devoted a great deal of funding to the biotech industry in Western New York. As a salesperson for Life Technologies, what kind of effects have you seen from this extra funding, and how do you anticipate the industry and your company expanding due to this revenue?”

Money and Advancement

  1. What would be a reasonable salary range to expect if I entered this field? What is the long term potential?
  2. What is the advancement potential in the field? What is a typical path?
  3. How did you get your job?
  4. If you could start all over again, would you change your career path in any way? Why?
  5. How long does it take for managers to rise to the top?
  6. What is the background of most senior-level executives?

Skills and Experience

  1. What educational preparation would you recommend for someone who wants to advance in this field?
  2. What qualifications do you seek in a new hire?
  3. How do most people enter this profession?
  4. Which of my skills are strong compared to other job hunters in this field?
  5. What do you think of the experience I’ve had so far? For what types of positions would it qualify me?
  6. Can you recommend any courses I should take before proceeding further with my job search?
  7. What companies or industries do you think I should target?

An example of how to make #25 more relevant: “I read through some of the job descriptions on the HR section of your Web site in preparation for our meeting today. Most jobs I’d be interested in listed communication, teamwork and decision making skills as necessities. Can you tell me how those skills are used in this profession? Also, what other skills do managers look for that are not written in the typical job descriptions?”

Fitting In

  1. Do you think my objective is clearly stated, realistic and achievable?
  2. Considering my background, how well do you think I would fit in this company and/or profession?
  3. How does your company compare with others we’ve discussed?
  4. Would the work involve any lifestyle changes, such as frequent travel or late-night business entertaining?
  5. Considering all the people you’ve met in your line of work, what personal attributes are essential for success?
  6. Taking into account my skills, education, and experience, what other career paths would you suggest I explore before making a final decision?

An internship-focused alternative to #36 might be: “Thinking about the most successful interns you have had, what was it about their character, work ethic, abilities, etc. that made them exemplary?”

More Information

  1. Where can I write to get up-to-date information on salaries, employers, and industry issues?
  2. What professional journals and organizations should I be aware of?
  3. Is there anything else you think I need to know?
  4. Who else would you recommend I speak with? When I call, may I use your name?