How to Find a Job or Internship
Whether you’re an incoming college freshman looking to make some extra spending money or a rising high school junior hoping to get some experience in a specific field for your college application, jobs and internships are valuable.
Here are some tips for snagging a great position for the summer:
The term networking can scare people who don’t consider themselves outgoing, but it’s easy and can be the key to getting a great job. Think of friends and family who work in an industry you’re interested in and inquire about internships. If nobody comes to mind, think of friend’s parents, siblings or mentors you’ve worked with. Having one connection who can speak highly of you can make all the difference.
Start with What You Know
Even if you’re only looking for a minimum wage summer job, start your search by considering what interests you most. If you’re into movies, work at a movie theater or pursue an internship with a studio. If you like sports, interview with a gym or try sports reporting. Working in a field you’re interested in is a great way to get relevant work experience and to discover more about your passions.
High schools usually host career fairs or have a career office, and both options are great ways to look for summer work. Colleges have even more resources for students to take advantage of. Talk to a career counselor to get tips on improving your resume, writing cover letters and doing well in interviews. Pay attention to emails from career offices to see which recruiters are visiting campus. When it comes to jobs and internships, apply to as many as you feel comfortable. Even if you don’t get the position it’s still good experience to have.
Don’t Rule Anything Out
Jobs and internships can get competitive, and heading into the summer without any plans isn’t fun. Trying something new can open new horizons while broadening your job search.
If you’d rather look for positions that are closer to what you’re comfortable with, don’t be afraid to use online recruiting tools or reach out to individuals on social sites like LinkedIn. It’s possible your determination will appeal to a future hirer.