Have you had trouble finding an internship in the past? Follow these steps to obtain your dream position!
Step 1: Tailor your resume to fit your industry AND the job. A one size fits all resume simply won’t make you stand out as a candidate. Make sure to pay attention to key words including skills and experience listed in the job description. Incorporate those into the way you describe your own skills and experience. Make it OBVIOUS that you’ve got what the employer is looking for!
Step 2: Network. Networking is noted as one of the most successful ways of finding a job or internship. Career fairs (and other events) are the way many companies seek to hire students just like you. Also make sure to take advantage of LinkedIn and your personal circle to learn more about breaking into the industry. Remember, who you know matters!
Step 3: Keep a detailed list of all jobs applied for. An organized search is extremely important! Create a document that includes job title, company name, date applied, closing date, and job contact for every position you apply to.
Step 4: Follow up on the application. Most candidates passively pursue a job search by waiting for the employer to reach out. YOU can be ACTIVE in your search by sending a polite (and succinct) note to reiterate your interest in the position. You can do this by emailing the company contact listed in the job description or simply searching for a recruiter on LinkedIn.
Step 5: Use a variety of job search tools. UMBCworks is the best place to start! We know that employers who post on UMBCworks are interested in UMBC students! From there you can broaden your search to LinkedIn and other job boards that are specific to your industry.
TIP OF THE DAY:"The secret to getting ahead is getting started."― Mark Twain
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WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP?
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