Start Your Internship Recruiting in the Fall with these Top Tips
Many students start their internship search in the Spring and find themselves scrambling to find a position that fits their career plan and hopefully gets them paid. Others believe they’re jumping ahead in the game by starting their search in January, but might find themselves in a tight spot come June if their applications don’t pan out. If you really want to be absolutely sure you land the right internship or entry level position you need to start your intenship recruiting in the Fall. Check out this list of things you can do in the Fall to make sure you’re employed come Summer.
- Reach out to recruiters. Every company has a recruitment team responsible for making hires, and if they don’t, they often pay external recruiting companies to make hires for them. Sending a note to a recruiter, particularly a university recruiter, with a quick sentence or two about your major and previous work experience can be a great way to get on a company’s radar.
- Join a Club. If you’re not involved with an organization on your campus that has to do with your major or interests, it’s time to get started. Attaining a position in a group such of this can be great resume fodder, but more importantly, you’ll grow your network of relevant contacts.
- Use Social Media. Twitter has a #hashtag for almost every industry, just throw “jobs” onto whatever type of work you’re looking for (#computersciencejobs) and take it for a spin. Tweeting at someone is a great informal means to introduce yourself. Post that you’re looking for work in a certain field on Facebook, you never know who’s older sister might be the right connection.
- Schedule Informational Interviews. Reach out to family friends, former employers, and people on LinkedIn who have a position you want to hold in the next 5-10 years. Ask them if they have time for a 15 minute phone call or cup of coffee to pick their brain. During your informational interview, ask how they got to where they were, what they wish they had known in college, and what they think you should do now. You’ll get great insider info, and if they like you enough they might be willing to call in a few favors to get you a job.
It takes skill, courage, luck and a well thought out plan in order to get hired for the right job. Don’t treat your job search like your term paper and procrastinate until the last minute. You won’t have time to build experience for yourself and be under way more stress. Instead take these tips to recruiting in the fall to start now and don’t forget to try out a MindSumo challenge while you are at it.