Here are some tips from Employers who are looking to hire students.
- It would be beneficial if you could get exposure to jobs or internships related to your major whilst in college. This will better enable you to look for the right type of jobs post-graduation.
- If an interview is scheduled and you are unable to attend, ensure that you communicate with the potential employer and let them know if you wish to reschedule or cancel the interview.
- If an organization offers internships, 49% prefer students to be in their junior year and 40% would accept applications from freshman or sophomores.
- You are encouraged to use your college career webpage because these employers who are trying to reach you. Visit the Career Development Center’s Job & Internship Listings frequently.
- It is important to research and know about the company before attending interview sessions.
- Read the position description and have several questions ready for the interviewer about the job role and company.
- Customize your resume based on the jobs you are applying for.
E.g. list “technical skills” on a resume when applying for a technical position.
You can attend one of our resume writing seminars hosted by the career development center or learn from our online resources to get help with drafting your resume.
- Employers expect you to research market rate salaries to get more realistic expectations about salary offers.
Source: Minnesota Job Outlook Survey 2016
“Minnesota is outpacing the nation in job growth, with all 11 major industrial sectors seeing gains over the past year” said Shawntera Hardy, the Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
You may be interested in knowing the facts about the unemployment rates and the labor market trends which may boost your confidence in pursuing your education and stepping into your very first job or continuing your career goals as a seasoned professional. As per the data provided by the DEED of Minnesota, the unemployment rates in Minnesota have dropped from 3.9% in June 2016 to 3.7% in June 2017!
The table above depicts industry trends of the number of newly added jobs in each sector in Minnesota. The summary is as follows.
As you can see, from year 2016 to year 2017, the education and health services sector has added approximately 19,000 new jobs, followed by the trade and transportation sector which has seen steady growth in new jobs created with minor fluctuations. The Government sector added between 2500-4000 jobs and the other sectors such as the professional and business, manufacturing, leisure, financial, and information technology are steadily on the growth phase with increasing jobs added to these sectors every month since last year.
So! It is great to note that the growth trends in the labor market are positive! It is important as students to not only excel in your education field but to also keep track of industry changes and trends that will help you better decide your job prospects and career paths in the future. Be passionate about your major and always keep your options open to new fields that you can explore.
Source: Department of Employment and Economic Development (2017)
Article written by Angela Ponrajah, Graduate Intern at the Career Development Center
Some tips to keep in mind as you anticipate an internship experience:
- Establish goals for the experience: personal, skills, and career knowledge
- Learn the company culture and dress and behave accordingly.
- Be on time. Being late is inconsiderate. If it is unavoidable, contact your supervisor.
- Carry a notepad and pen with you at all times. Write down instructions and questions.
- Before asking questions, think through a possible solution, then when presenting your questions, explain your thinking process and where you got stuck.
- Communicate – let your supervisor know where you are in your tasks, when they are complete.
- Always proofread anything you are to submit.
- Ask ‘Why?’ and be observant of both people and methods. An employee is valuable not only for the work he/she can perform, but also for knowing why things are done in certain ways.
- Reach out – ask people to have lunch with you; seek ways to learn what people around you do.
- Do not make/receive personal phone calls, texts or conduct personal internet searches on company time – no matter how bored you are. This is a fast way to ruin the respect people have for you.
- Ask for More – When you are ready for more challenging tasks, or if you don’t have enough work to keep you busy, tell your supervisor.
- Track accomplishments – keep a log of projects you’ve worked on and skills you’ve developed; ask if you can distribute later, examples of your work (LinkedIn, job interview portfolio).
- Reflect – how does the environment feel to you? Do you enjoy the people, work, culture? If not, think about what you want to do in your next internship!
- Ending – have an exit interview with your supervisor, leave a Thank you note, ask about future opportunities there, ask for job references, and stay in touch!