Still looking for a full-time job or internship with the end of the school year within sight? Don’t fret! Here are some helpful tips to assist with landing a full-time job or internship, whether it be your dream position or one that can help you jump-start your career. These are important tips to keep in mind and implement ASAP.
1.) Figure out what you’re looking for: It’s so much easier to search for jobs and internships when you have a relatively clear idea of your career aspirations. Sometimes you’re going to take a job and realize that a certain position or industry is not for you, and that’s perfectly fine! We learn the most about our strengths through doing, and every job is an opportunity to learn. The job search is just as much about finding the right fit for you as it is employers finding the right fit for them!
2.) Get informed: Once you have a good idea of the types of jobs you are looking for, be sure to get informed! Look on EFriars, Glassdoor, Indeed, and Monster, create a list of companies in your field of interest that you want to pursue, and consistently stay updated on position openings, company news, and new and exciting opportunities!
3.) Make sure your resume is updated: Sometimes what may be holding you back from landing that interview is a tired resume. Make sure that all of your most recent jobs and involvements are present, and get a second opinion! The PC Center for Career Education is always a great resource. Try reaching out to your professors too, as they are experts in their field and know what employers are looking for in a resume.
4.) Utilize your network: This may be the most important step on our job and internship search crunch list. Don’t be afraid to utilize your network of past employers, family, friends, professors, etc. Spoke to someone at the Career Expo or a networking night whose job really interests you? Reach out to them! While their company may not be hiring, they may know someone else who is. You never know how you’ll get your next job, and sometimes it simply happens by being at the right place at the right time! If they do help you secure a job or internship, be sure to send them a thank you note (handwritten is a nice touch!) That thank you goes a long way, and leaves them a lasting good impression.
5.) Be kind to yourself: This is another very important thing to keep in mind while looking for a job or internship. Don’t panic! What’s meant to be will be, and will work out in due time. Be sure to take breaks from the job search to relax, whether it be through working out, hanging out with family and/or friends, praying, or meditating. When you’re willing to put in the work and are conscious about presentation, the right opportunity will come.
“Have patience with all things, but first of all, with yourself.” – Saint Francis de Sales