By: Max Campbell, Account Executive
With my summer internship coming to a close in the next two weeks, I have had some time to reflect on the past year and how I ended up at a company that was nearly a perfect fit for me. To say the path here was easy or stress-free would be a bold-faced lie, but I can’t say I didn’t learn some things along the way that greatly benefited me for the future. With summer coming to an end, the job search is likely the last thing on student’s minds, but time flies at school and there is never a bad time to start looking ahead. Here are five tips to provide some guidance for rising sophomores and juniors who will be in the same position I was in a year ago.
There is never a bad time to start searching. When looking for jobs it doesn’t hurt to apply to as many as you possibly can. That means starting early. I dedicated about 15-20 minutes a day in the fall semester doing research on jobs and internships and applying to many as well. Even if you get the classic “Sorry, we are only looking to hire for the winter,” the worst thing you did was make a potential contact for a few months down the road.
Seek any and all guidance. It never hurts to ask for help. Whether it is from an older friend, a parent, a teacher, people are happy to lend a few minutes to give advice. No one is truly an expert on the job search, but getting many perspectives on a daunting task like finding a summer internship is extremely beneficial.
LinkedIn is your friend.When I started my job search I had no idea where to even look for internships. By using LinkedIn I was able to not only search for jobs anywhere, I was able to find people in advertising and set up calls for advice on how to go about the job search.
Be persistent. If you get into contact with a person from a company, do not be afraid to reach out to them with questions. You may feel as though you are being annoying, but most people will understand your position and will be willing to help. Don’t go overboard, but checking in once every month or two doesn’t hurt.
Never turn down an interview. You may apply to jobs and realize it is not the best situation for yourself. This doesn’t mean you should turn down an interview if given a chance. You may find out they have a different position open, or you may get helpful advice. The people interviewing you are giving you their time and attention, so having a conversation is worthwhile.
The job search is stressful, but by using these tips can help it feel less daunting. As for myself, I’ll be applying these as I search for a full-time position this year.