By: Amy Bardell
Yay! It’s a new year, but what does that mean for my job hunt?
Some of you may be lining up to find your first, second or even third summer internship while others are looking for their first real-world job. And now that it’s the start of a new year you want to start strong and with a fresh perspective. But where do you start? Before panic ensues, here are some tips to keep in mind for the job hunt.
- Polish your resume. Again. Even if this feels like the hundredth time you’ve tweaked your resume, do it again. The simplest of grammatical mistakes can prevent an employer from hiring you. Looking over your resume again might bring those errors to light, or give you a better way of wording something to make it stand out more. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to make sure that you aren’t excluding any awards or achievements from last semester.
- Determine what your dream job or internship would be and write a cover letter for that job. If you’re passionate about something your writing will reflect that as well as showcase your writing ability. Once it’s written you can send it in with an application, or use it as reference for other cover letters.
- Create a web of potential job/internship opportunities. The brand or company you want to work for likely has sister or partner companies that handle different aspects of their business. For example, one company may handle the television production and another handles magazine publication. Those are two places to look for jobs that deal with the same brand.
- Start the job search early and be consistent. Even if you only spend one hour a week looking for a job you’ll have a better chance of finding something that catches your eye. The closer summer gets the more job postings there will be and if there’s something of interest it helps to apply as soon as possible. If you don’t know where to look for these opportunities here are a few sites to get you started:
And of course, check the site of the company of your dreams, or close seconds.
Start off the New Year with a running start and a realistic, yet ambitious, job search mindset and you’re bound to find have that awesome opportunity by the time summer rolls around.