Prepare/Polish Your Job Search Skills
As internships become more and more competitive, it becomes even more important for you to have a strong set of job-search skills.
Landing an internship — one you want with an employer you respect — is a bit like a mid-term exam for most college students. This chapter is full of key tools and resources to help you ace that mid-term and succeed in finding one or more internships.
Understanding and perfecting these 12 areas related to your job-search — from identifying specific jobs and careers to researching salaries — will give you both greater confidence and success as you seek the best job offer upon graduation.
- Identifying Specific Internships
Even though most college students finalize a choice of major by the junior year, a disconnect often occurs between choosing the major and then choosing a specific career path – and hence, internships – that relate to that major. Job-shadowing, informational interviews (see Informational Interviewing: A Powerful Tool for College Students), and career research are steps you can take to learn more about specific careers and internships — in or out of your major.
You need direction if you want to find an internship that you will enjoy; just having an idea of “something in marketing” will lead to a frustrating internship search with few or weak internship offers.
Consider some of the resources we have in our career exploration section of Quintessential Careers.
- Narrowing Geographic Locations
Whether you plan to complete your internship near home, near your school, or on the other side of the country, having a geographic focus allows you to really narrow your internship search to a select group of employers.