Hello lovelies! For most students, getting a job or an internship is a practical and natural way to earn money and gain valuable work experience while in college. Find out why you should work in college here. Because of how important these experiences are, today I will be sharing some advice on how to find the right opportunity and how to land the perfect job/internship for you this school year!
- During the job search, seek out helpful resources such as your college’s or major’s job database. Check out websites like internships.com, indeed.com, and looksharp.com for more opportunities. Do a general Google search for the field you want to work in and the city you live in and see what comes up. Check out company websites to see if they are hiring.
- Build a list of the potential jobs/internships you would be interested in. Narrow that list down to under 10 so that you can concentrate fully on your top choices.
- Create an amazing application for each one! Tailor your resume/cover letter to the specific job you are applying for, and research the company so you can include key words or phrases that will align with that company’s mission and goals. Include on your resume experience that specifically applies to the job you are applying for, and keep the resume to a single page if possible. Check for spelling, grammar, and any other silly mistakes.
- Send in the materials in whatever format requested. Be polite and respectful if sending the application via email. Include an easy to understand subject line. If there are any attachments, include your name in the file name.
- Once you’ve been asked to come in for an interview, do as much prep work as possible. Research the company, its mission and work, and learn everything you can. Research the job and figure out exactly what you would be doing.
- Look up common interview questions and decide how you would answer them.
- Review your resume so you know everything included on there by heart. Come up with a few examples from each job experience you’ve had that could be used when answering interview questions such as “Tell me about a time you had to make a difficult decision at work” or “a time you took initiative at work.”
- Don’t stress! Just be confident and be yourself and you will do great.
Making a Decision
- When you receive offers (and I’m sure you will!), it will be time for you to make a final decision about which position you want. Consider closely each of the companies you would be working for and what you would be doing at each one. Consider other things such as pay, proximity to campus, relatability to your field/major, work environment, etc.
- Choose the one that you feel fits you best and would be the best experience to grow and learn new skills that will help you in the future!
During the Job
- Work hard and show off your impressive skills. You were hired for a reason – now it’s your time to shine!
- Develop relationships with your co-workers and boss — network and build up your LinkedIn connections!
- Take initiative and learn new skills.
- Take the opportunity to explore your interests further and decide whether or not you would like a similar job post-graduation.
- Have fun! I know, it’s a job – but it should still be something you find enjoyable! 🙂
Thanks for reading! If you’ve found this advice helpful, please share so more college students can learn from it! And, as always, feel free to share your comments below or with me on Twitter @CaseyDonart