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Title: internship Search 101: How to Get Your Foot in the Door

internship Search 101 How to Get Your Foot in
the Door
What are Employers Looking For?
  • According to the National Association of Colleges
    and Employers are looking for candidates with
  • Ability to verbally communicate with persons
    inside and outside the organization
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve
  • Ability to obtain and process information
  • Bottom line Your resume should reflect
    activities (jobs and involvement) that reflect a
    variety of skills and abilities)

During Your Search Remember
  • No specific search strategy will work for every
  • Be flexible
  • Be persistent
  • Allow extra time to conduct your job search
  • 3 key steps Self-Assessment, Research and

Helpful Hints!
  • Keep records of daily job search activities
  • Set aside a space at a desk or table for all
    supplies you might need
  • Be sure to keep track of all correspondence sent
    and received including application forms, cover
    letters and resumes, and employer and
    organization information

Getting to Know Yourself
  • Identify your skills, abilities, and interests
    with a career assessment
  • Schedule a career counseling appointment
  • What do you want to do? what do you find
    enjoyable? Helps to narrow audience
  • Informational interviews talk to friends,
    family, faculty members. Identify likes/dislikes
  • Ask yourself questions - ex. What was your
    favorite class? To gain insight

Research Employers
  • Employers expect it
  • Displays your seriousness, thoroughness and
    attention to detail
  • Helps to personalize cover letters and resumes,
    and answer questions appropriately
  • Helps determine your fit with the organization

What to Learn About a Company
  • Description of job responsibilities
  • Personnel information (NAME, policies, relevant
    information of executives)
  • Organizational culture, goals, and strategies.
  • Size, age, location, history, ownership
  • Products or services, major competitors, recent
    development, expected growth

Design Your Job Search Tools
  • Develop your resume and cover letter
  • Walk-in Resume Review
  • Email
  • Gather a list of professional/educational
  • Schedule a resume review and cover letter review
  • Practice your interviewing skills
  • Be sure to maintain a careful record of all job
    announcements, interviews, thank-you notes sent
    and follow up correspondence

Most Successful Ways of Job Searching
  • Network
  • Visit employers
  • Search Employers
  • Internet
  • LinkedIn
  • Brave Opportunities
  • Career Shift
  • Attend Career Expo- Wed. February 25, 2015

Preparing for an Interview
  • Schedule a Mock Interview
  • Dress in professional attire
  • Bring cover letter, resume, and references
  • Arrive early
  • Be aware of nonverbal communication during the
  • Ask questions- Be sure to know basic company

Follow-Up After an Interview
  • Send a thank-you note/email
  • If you were interviewed by more than one person,
    send each interviewer a thank-you note/email
  • Follow-up with the employer
  • Be persistent, but always remain professional

Evaluating an Unsuccessful Internship Search
  • If youve searched for 6 months, you may need to
    redirect your search or gain experience
  • Clarify goals and redefine options broaden or
    narrow them
  • Have your resume reviewed
  • Evaluate your online/social media presence
  • Consider geographic restrictions
  • Do your skills match with the needs of the

8 Common Internship Search Mistakes
  • 1. Relying on one strategy
  • 2. Lack of focus/career objective
  • 3. Failure to identify and use your network
  • 4. Targeting only large employers
  • 5. Failure to followup
  • 6. Unprofessional materials/appearance
  • 7. Impersonal approach
  • 8. Underestimate time needed to search

Keep It In Perspective
  • Dont take rejection personally
  • Maintain a balance between internship search and
    everyday routine
  • Remind yourself of your skills and
  • Use your resources
  • Be persistent - you will find an internship!

  • You can use InterviewStream to practice
    interviewing and conduct a mock interview from
    your own computer. After submission it will be
    reviewed by a Career Counselor