Before Starting Your Search
Take time to reflect on your interests, passions, and skills before you begin applying for internships and jobs. Knowing which direction you want to go will assist in targeting a position that is right for you. Research duties and tasks associated with occupations. Determine the work environment that you will thrive in. Even if you are not completely certain what position your are seeking, it’s can be beneficial to identify positions of interest and learn about their requirements. Or you may want to begin with identifying specific organizations of interest.
Fine-Tune Application Materials
It is important that your application documents are updated. Be sure to have your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and other application documents reviewed prior to starting your search. If you need a quick review of your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile, use one of our drop-in services listed below. If you would like a deeper conversation about your application documents, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
Create A Plan
Having a clear objective for your job search will allow you to narrow your focus and will make your search less overwhelming. Creating a schedule and allocating time to search and apply for jobs will keep you on task. It may be helpful to set challenging, yet attainable goals. It is more important to spend time applying for positions that really interest you rather than simply applying for every job you find. This will allow you to produce high-quality applications that specifically speak to the position.
Find and Apply
Use tools such as I-Link to create customized job and internship searches that will show you new postings each day. There are other job boards that focus on different industries, such as non-profit jobs or federal government jobs. Most job boards are updated on a daily basis and it is important to check each tool frequently for new opportunities.
Prepare for Interviews
Just like you would study for a test or practice before a big game, it’s important that you spend adequate time preparing for each interview. Interviews are difficult because you can’t predict what questions you will be asked, but there are ways to strategize and prepare for whatever questions may be thrown at you.
Follow Up on Applications and Interviews
Be sure to follow up with employers after you apply and interview for a position. Always send thank you emails or letters after you interview with a company. If you have not heard from the employer within the timeframe the employer indicated, be sure to follow up. Let the employer know you are still interested in the position and ask if there have been adjustments to the timeline. Also, be sure to communicate if you have a pending offer with a looming deadline with another employer. Transparency is important.