by Emilee Burroughs
Now is the perfect time to think about your plans for this summer. Internships and summer camp positions and opportunities abound. But with so many options, how do you find the right one to apply for? And how do you score that internship? Below are some ideas and tips to help you have a successful and productive summer.
Go to the Internship Fair
Whether you’re looking for a summer job, an internship or a full time post-graduation job, you should stop by the Career and Internship Fair TODAY, February 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Krannert Ballroom. You can stop by and meet representatives from over 50 different companies who are looking to hire interns and full-time employees. You can also get your headshot taken for your LinkedIn profile. Make sure to dress in professional business attire and bring several copies of your resume to hand out.
Check out College Central Network
The College Central Network (CCN) is a great resource for finding jobs and internships. All Berry students are registered; all you need to do is activate your account. Once you do that, you can enter specific information in your job search, such as what your major is, which city you would like to work in, and what type of job you’re looking for. There are jobs posted exclusively for Berry students, as well as over 500,000 jobs and 25,000 internships posted on the national CCN board.
Make a LinkedIn profile
Making a profile is a great way to network with professionals while looking for jobs. You can create a profile that includes your resume, work experience, skills, and examples of your work. Many businesses post jobs on their LinkedIn profiles, so you can apply right from LinkedIn. LinkedIn will notify you if there are any new job postings that fit your criteria and interests.
Update your resume
If you haven’t made a resume yet, you definitely should. Stop by the Career Center for tips on how to make your resume stand out. If you do have a resume already, review it and make any necessary changes to keep it up-to-date.
Your summer should be a time of personal growth and new experiences. Look for interesting internships and jobs that will lend to this. You can do this by performing a job search in Google. Type in keywords that relate to things you’re interested in doing. For example, if you’re considering working as a counselor at a Christian summer camp in Tennessee, search for “Christian summer camps in Tennessee.” Or if you want to intern with a non-profit, type in the name of the company and see what positions they have available.
Nine times out of ten, you probably won’t score the first job you applied to, and that’s O.K. Keep applying to different jobs. If you haven’t heard back from a company you applied to, don’t assume they aren’t interested in you. It usually takes a little time for them to go through all of the applications. Follow up with the company and politely ask them what the status is for your application. The key is to be persistent and respectful.