Here is a record of emails I send interns throughout the course of the semester. The hope is to keep students connected with Career Services and offer some tips to help them along the way. Hope you find them useful.
February 5, 2012
Hey-oh spring interns!
Get The Most from Your Internship
Having said that, how is your internship so far? If this is a new internship, you may find it challenging or maybe even a little overwhelming. Let me assure you this is totally normal. If you don't feel this way, you're probably in an internship that isn't offering much of a challenge. I'll write more about that in my next update.
Close to Graduation?
If you are close to graduation, let our office help you with the full-time job search. We can help with résumés, interviewing skills, and job search strategies. Call our office or check out http://www.wtamu.edu/student-support/cs-students.aspx
February 17, 2012
Eli Manning and the underdog New York Giants had a game plan. They executed it and ended up winning Super Bowl XLVI. Asked if he started to panic when the Patriots came out strong in the third quarter, Manning said, “No, we remained positive and concentrated on executing our game plan.”
I didn’t really care who won (although it’s fun for an underdog to win when I don’t have a rooting interest) but I, along with millions of others, watched. It was a good game but I really liked the life principle I caught in Manning’s post-game interview. “Staying positive and continuing to work on executing your game plan” applies to so many areas of life—work, relationships, and even the job search.
I guess the big question then is, “Do you have a game plan?” Most of you are getting close to graduation. Do you have a job search plan? Do you know the things to do to look for a job? Hint: a good job search plan involves more than just looking online at job listings.
Check out this link from the Career Services web site--http://www.wtamu.edu/student-support/cs-stu-svcs-js-to-do-list-for.aspx
These are ideas for your job search job plan. Take the time now to determine what things need to be on your game plan. If we can help, don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you stay calm, remain positive and execute your plan, you can achieve your goal, just like the NY Giants did.
Have a great weekend!
March 5, 2012
We had a fantastic Career EXPO last week with close to 70 employers looking for WT students and alum. Employers are still hiring even in this challenging economy. Jobs are tougher to find but students with a good job search plan increase their odds of quickly finding a position. What about you? Do you have a game plan?
Here are a couple of ideas for your job search “to-do” list.
1. Spend time clarifying what you really want to do. Your internship is hopefully helping but more resources are available through Career Counseling. Don’t skip this step. It’s easier to find a job when you know what you’re looking for.
2. Participate in mock interviews every chance you get. The job search is about making connections. Mock interviews are a fantastic way to do this. Sign up for one every month.
3. Update your resume and use BuffJobs. Take some time this semester to add skills you’re learning in your internship to your resume. If you need help, check out our resume workshops and critiquing times.
Once you’ve done this, upload it because employers search our BuffJobs database for resumes. Yours needs to be there. Also, search the job listings. Not every opening is in BuffJobs but it’s worth checking at least once a week.
4. Take a risk and network. Talk to people about your job search—professors, friends, parents, parent’s friends, etc. Talk to anyone who will listen. This is your most effective job search tool.
If you need some tips, Career Services has a very good networking DVD—Networking From Scratch: A College Students Guide to Making Connections. Contact us and we’ll arrange a time for you to watch it. Also, think about informational interviewing. It is a fabulous way to network.
Let us know how we can help you implement your job search to-do list. Have a good week!