Study shows that nearly 30% of graduates from the previous year are still unemployed.
70% of interns were offered a job in 2012
50% take that job
Students with internship experience get on average 20% higher starting salaries to those without!
What you’ll learn in this post
How to think about job hunting
How to get your job search materials perfect
How to network and get job you want
Internships are not just for junior year summer, they are the #1 gateway to jobs!
If you are not quite sure what you want to do in regards to a long-term career, internships can give you exposure to opportunities to a wide array of fields and give you a chance to “test the waters” of new and exciting job opportunities.
HOW TO THINK ABOUT JOB Hunting
Ways to find the Right internship
To find the right internship It is important for you to know what you want to do.
Gaining experience in a number of career fields is especially a good idea if you have no idea what job you are interested in pursuing after school.
1: Treat the Search Process Like a Job
Run your job search like an entrepreneurial business using basic marketing strategies.
27: Always follow-up after networking AND after interviews.
Be sure to follow-up with employers when possible to arrange an in-person or telephone interview. Telephone or visit employers in your geographic and/or job areas of interest and ask about holiday jobs/internships.
28: Follow-Ups Letter should be short and very positive:
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me yesterday. I really enjoy how your company focuses on generating deep online relationships, this is something I have found important in my own writing for the Daily blog and why I always follow-up with guest bloggers when they write for me.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
29: Put class projects online and link to them in your resume, business cards, and more.
HOW TO NETWORK AND GET HIRED
30: Go to events (Chamber of Commerce, Local Associations, alumni mixers, etc.).
Top employers attend career fairs to recruit, screen, and hire talented interns and employees. Be ready to give a 60 second introduction that describes your skills, interests, experience, and motivation to the employer.
31: Use MeetUp.com and other professional services to learn more about your industry and meet connectors.
32: Talk to Lecturers, family and friends.
Speak with family, friends, faculty, school advisors, and career counselors about what type of internship you want and when and where you want to do it.
Contacting alumni from your school and doing informational interviews can give you valuable information on career options you can pursue as an intern.
Be sure to send a thank you note expressing your appreciation to them for sharing their time and expertise. There are many great online resources that can help you find out what is available out there on the job market.
33: No one hires on the first date – build relationships.
48. Master powerful closing and negotiating techniques.
49. Repeat the process to acquire multiple job offers so you can select your next job rather than settle for it.
50:Stay optimistic and have fun!
While using the above methods to conduct your search for internship, be aware that certain industries and job opportunities have early deadlines. Most companies recruit I.T students as early as March.
Therefore, begin your internship search 4 – 6 months to affords you more time to look for internships before commencing date.
In other words, you need a carefully-crafted plan that will consistently move you toward success in looking for an intern job . . . a track to run on that gets real results. When you do that you can dramatically move the odds in your favor of a quick and lucrative job search.
You can check with us for help and to find out which internships recruit early.
If you are unsure of what kind of company you want to work for, pick a location and just start applying to anything that sound interesting. Visit job search sites so you can get more detailed search results.
Last but not least, you can also check out the classified ads in your local newspaper to find employers who may be interested in hiring an intern. Register on forums to benefit from job and/or internship discussions and posting you may be interested in.
Focus on holiday jobs available and, if interested, consider taking online courses to gain additional interpersonal and communication skills.
If you have any special skills, make sure you draw attention to it and tell how it will help you perform well as an intern. Many students do not bother to tell recruiters that they speak another language; a quality that makes them very valuable to a business.
New graduates and career changers can also do internships to gain perspective on new job fields and develop new knowledge and skills. These opportunities can be the bridge between an unsatisfying career and a potentially new and exciting venture.
If you have any question or contribution about finding the right internship, please share your thought in the comment below.