Know the career areas that interest you; if you are not sure what your options are and what is right for you, make an appointment to see a career specialist in the Career Development Center, MHC 350. Most employers will ask you to explain why you want their position!
Do not apply to everything you see. It is highly doubtful that you are genuinely interested in and qualified for everything. Read the position descriptions very carefully. If you don’t understand something, communicate with the contact person attached to the description.
Keep an open mind. If you don’t recognize a company/employer, don’t skip over those positions. Don’t make snap judgments – Take a minute to learn more about the organization (there are links within the position description). Your odds of getting an interview may be better with a lesser known company.
Don’t wait until the last minute to squeak in just under the application deadline. You may need time – time to investigate the company, the position (that person may not respond to you right away), or time to tailor your resume.
If you are selected to interview – congratulations! Make sure to attend an Interviewing Skills Seminar and get some one-on-one coaching to prepare. These positions are very competitive!
If you change your mind about interviewing, tell the employer contact directly, and do so more than 24 hours before the interview date.
Spring semester has more variety in the types of positions found within the On-campus Interviewing Program and more summer internships.
Remember, this is just one strategy for your internship or job search. You should employ multiple!
Call the Career Center to set up an appointment with a career specialist: 651-962-6761.