Last year around this time I wrote my first blog about something that was weighing heavily on my mind: Landing an internship.
This year, the time is quickly approaching for interviews, and a slightly different topic has been on my mind: Landing a Full-Time Job.
Using my internship experience from the summer, and the advice I gave about landing an internship I figured I would write a revised blog with new tips on how to land that job or internship.
This is the advise that stands from my last blog (with revisions to 1-5) and new tips (6-9):
Here's where I step in. Advice about finding an internship or job may seem cliche, but here is my best advice from personal experience.
Focusing on the content on your resume is the first step to building a great resume. Hint: if you can't speak for 5-10 minutes about an activity, don't put it on your resume. Think about what you would tell someone when they ask you "what did you do in your internship?" or "What does your role in this club entail?" However you would respond to those questions should be bulleted on your resume, and be speaking points in an interview.
Just as important as the content is the layout of the resume. Try and step away from the normal Resume layout (unless you are going into a specific field such as finance or accounting), even if it just a little bit, like mine:
For those of you who are very creative or tech savvy, or going to work in creative fields, the more creative the better!
These are some of my favorite resumes!
We all tend to only apply to places we have heard of (which is what everyone else is doing making it more competitive).
Don't be afraid to look at companies and positions you have never heard of. Research the position and company and then apply! Who knows? It might turn out to be exactly what you are looking for!
Although everyone may be applying through the career services office, that doesn't mean you can't send an email to a company that is not coming to IU. In fact, in some fields, such as journalism, it is seen as a good thing if you are taking initiative to reach out to someone. It shows how driven you are. If the worst that can happen is that they will say they are not hiring interns or full-time employees, I think it's worth a shot.
Research is key to writing a great cover letter, and landing the initial interview with the company. After you get the interview the research isn't over. Make sure to know the basics about the company before, otherwise they will know.
Practicing interview questions is key. Although it may not seem very important, just practicing your 'elevator' speech can be the difference between getting the internship/job or not. Make sure to find someone to ask you the questions and give you a pretend interview, it will really help with making you comfortable and your people skills! You will be way more prepared than just practicing questions by yourself.
Practicing top interview questions is also a great way to prepare. Remember to use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result), in order to tell a clear and concise story.
Experience is key to getting that job after graduation. If you don't land that dream internship, don't panic. Find a local company and see if you can help them out for free in doing something related to what you want to be doing for your long term career. Although it may not be ideal, getting any experience is better than none, and you can really make a difference to that small company.
Before getting through the interview process you should look up the company culture on sites such as glassdoor.com or ask people who work at the company. You don't want to end up at a company that works 7am to 7pm if you were only prepared to work 9am to 5pm!!
Looking at culture before you interview is also key because there is no use in going through the whole process if it is going to waste your time or the companies time.
There is no use in interviewing with 50 companies if you don't want to work at any of them! If you don't see yourself working at a company before you even interview with them then don't waste their time. There is someone else out there that really wants that job and you may be taking away their interview slot. Also, you don't want the added stress of preparing for an interview that you don't care about
I cannot stress point enough. Recruiters talk to each other. If you are rude to someone, another company that you really want may find out. Also, you never know who you may need to reach out pr will run into down the road so be kind to everyone at all times!
After the interview send thank you emails (or handwritten notes). Then be sure to keep in touch no matter what the circumstance.
Job and Internship searching can be stressful, but I believe these tips can help you to end up where you want to be!
If you have any questions about my experience, or want advice don't hesitate to email me at email@example.com