Lou Adler, CEO and founder of The Adler Group, offers his 3 Things You Should Do before Applying to Any Job. I think he saved the best for last. I don’t think it matters whether you are looking for an internship in school (paid or unpaid) or your first job out of school. He is providing real-world insight with some useful ideas on how to differentiate and get yourself on the ‘short pile’ of referrals for the job. Note that I wrote ‘referrals’ just now.
His list is not exhaustive. Do you have ideas of your own?