Job searching involves using a variety of resources to find employment and internships. Many students do not realize they need to do more in their job search than just applying online. In fact, most positions are found using other strategies.
Here are 4 tips to help you develop an effective job and internship search plan:
- Identify your talents, interests, and skills – Many job searchers fail to focus on their career goals, and that can make searching for a job or internship extremely overwhelming. Before you begin your search, you need to have an idea of the kind of position you would like to have. Spend time thinking about how your strengths, interests, skills, and values relate to work environments. Have an idea of possible position titles or career fields you might want to pursue. If you struggle with thinking about this, a career coach in the Strommen Center can assist you with this step.
- Resume – Make sure your resume is up-to-date and tailored to the position you are applying to. Your resume should be easy to scan quickly while containing enough information to reveal essential details about you and your skills. The Strommen Center can assist you with a resume review. Make an appointment with a career coach on Handshake or take advantage of our resume drop-in hours.
- Take advantage of networking –Networking involves connecting with people who work in a field you are wanting to learn more about or break into. It is the most effective way to learn more about job and internship positions and obtain them. We recommend talking to everyone about your job search or career path. Your odds of finding a job or internship increase with the more people you tell. Informational interviews can help you meet people and learn more about positions or companies you’re interested in. Create a LinkedIn profile and use it to make connections.
- Interview preparation-Preparation is key! Research the company and the people you are interviewing with and don’t be afraid to ask questions about interview logistics such as dress code, parking, etc. Use Big Interview, an online platform where you can practice answering real interview questions before you have to do the real thing. You can video record your responses to interview questions to review yourself or send them to a friend or professor to provide you with feedback.
Log into Big Interview at https://augsburg.biginterview.com. You will use your Augsburg University credentials to log in.
Searching for a job and internship can be stressful and we are here to support you. Make an appointment with us on Handshake. Once you secure an internship, remember to register it so that it fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Christensen Center, Suite 100