Launch an Internship/Career Search

 Download Applying for Jobs Handout 2013-2014

Your internship or career search can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. The process involves a series of manageable steps and the good news is you don’t have to do every step in order or on your own. With the help of your Career Coach, who has access to a variety resources and employers, you can increase your employment opportunities both now and after graduation.

Perhaps the most important issue regarding the internship or career search is to understand that being passive will not produce results—action is required. Start checking off as many of the activities outlined in each of the four sections below--and you’ll find yourself on the way to a great career!

Step 1: Clarify Your Goals-"Know Yourself"

I have:

  • identified my personal strengths, skills, interests, and values.
  • practiced articulating what skills I have that solve problems for employers.
  • identified key skills/projects I obtain(ed) from my academic major.

Step 2: Research Opportunities-"Know the World of Work"

I have:

  • researched potential career fields: job titles, typical industries, entry-level jobs, and salaries.
  • considered geographic locations (including international), small- to mid-size firms, and government employment.
  • researched organizations or companies that might hire someone with my skills, interests, and background.
  • identified the top three geographic areas where I’d like to live and work.
  • identified five to seven potential employers I intend to follow-up with (Step 3).
  • conducted informational interviews with practicing professionals in careers of interest to me.

Step 3: Get Ready for the Search-"Prepare Yourself"

I have:

  • completed my profile in Career AGGIE (job posting and networking site) and uploaded a resume.
  • had my resume(s) and cover letter(s) reviewed by my career coach who is a certified professional resume writer (make a personal appointment or drop in daily).
  • prepared a portfolio or work samples to highlight my skills, talents, and experiences.
  • developed my 30-second introduction for short encounters with employers and at fairs/expos.
  • identified three to five individuals who will serve as references and have asked if they will provide a “good” recommendation.
  • attended employer panels, workshops, and fairs.
  • joined a national association representing my specific career field.
  • accessed a variety of online job posting sites beginning with links listed on the Career Services web site.
  • prepared for interviews by viewing Typical Questions Asked from the Career Guide and completing a mock interview with my career coach.
  • obtained interview attire which is appropriate for the field in which I plan to work.
  • recorded a professional sounding voice mail greeting in case an employer calls.
  • created a neutral/professional email address to give employers.
  • reviewed my social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, blogs, etc.) and am comfortable with the image they portray of me to potential employers.
  • prepared my online networking presence via LinkedIn and the Student Alumni Association.

Step 4: Start Searching-"Take Action"

I have:

  • uploaded my employment documents to my Career AGGIE account.
  • checked Career AGGIE for career opportunities.
  • prepared to attend fairs by visiting the Career Services website and researching organizations.
  • read materials provided by my career coach which are customized for my field of interest.
  • developed a system for tracking my contacts, interviews, and other career search activities.
  • followed-up on every interesting job lead with a targeted cover letter and resume.
  • sent a resume and cover letter to all employers of interest regardless of whether a position is posted.
  • developed a list of potential networking contacts—both employers and alumni—and keep in touch with them.
  • followed-up on each cover letter/resume I send with a phone call or email to the employer requesting an interview.
  • sent thank you letters or emails to every person who interviews me.
  • reviewed the results of my actions with my career coach to adjust my career search plans as needed.
  • negotiated a starting salary and benefits package that suits my needs and matches my skills.
  • reported my job offer to Career Services or contacted my faculty internship coordinator to receive internship credit for my related experience.

 

Working with your Career Coach can help you identify your skills and articulate those in a way that matches employers’ needs.

 

Key Elements to Launching an Internship/Career Search

Great Sites