In College? Need an Internship?
Here are 5 steps and a tool that can help you.
Summer is fast approaching and the journey from academia to workspace can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be!
We have all been in that place where there are more questions than answers…
- Who to approach for a Job?
- What are the skills that a Company might look for?
- Where can I find a local employer?
- How do I get a job in my area of study?
Below are 5 easy tips that you should consider when preparing for local internship opportunities
1. Professors and Career Counsellors
They already know you and your interests and are in the best position to point you in the right direction — which could be with local employers they are familiar with or job sites that have opportunities that meet your needs
Professors and Career Counsellors can also act as your references in case an employer wants to know more about you. This is a great first step into you the world of employment!
2. Job Fairs
College or local job fairs are some free resources for you to discover which employers are hiring and interested in your skill set. You will get the opportunity to interact with several employers at one place, which otherwise could be a very costly and time consuming exercise. Your interaction with the employer is face to face. You get a chance to build your rapport and impress them with your skills and knowledge.
Online resources that provide national job fair information include National Career Fairs (nationalcareerfairs.com) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (naceweb.org)
3. Soft Skills
Soft skills are personality traits and interpersonal skills that directly affect your relationships with other people — specifically interpersonal skills, the ability to manage and control your emotions, communication skills, leadership, adaptability, and problem solving.
Interacting with peers and employers at Job fairs will let you develop and hone your soft skills. Keep working on it!
4. Local Community
Be open to joining groups or communities that can help enhance your reachability. These groups can just be coffee conversations, roundtables in the park, or any other event where you’d be comfortable. Check out the site Meetup.com first to see if there’s a group you may already want to be a part of, but if there isn’t, don’t hesitate to start one.
5. Online Tools
Another great way of connecting to potential employers is through social media. Products like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn provide a pathway for applicants and employers to find each other.
To find something local, use platforms like GetaJob (https://getajobdulles.com) which is helping in minimize the gap between employers and job applications in the Dulles Virginia area. It’s a platform that was developed in collaboration with the Education & Workforce Committee of Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, so that it meets all the local employer/student requirements.
Students, with no or limited experience in the Dulles area may increase their chances of employment by being more visible, accessible, and credible to the local community needs. The team at a GetaJob has extensively on-boarded local employers who have posted their job requirements in the portal.
You can use your Facebook or Google account for a quick and simple sign up. The profile setup should take you less than five minutes to create and there is a resume builder that can help you create a resume from scratch if you need help.
As a job seeker, it takes very little time and effort to broadcast your skills and experience and your willingness to seek out job opportunities. The process has to start with YOU! The jobs and internships will not seek you out, you have to put forth the effort to find them. All of these steps will help you get that much closer to your employment goals.
That’s all for now folks. Be determined and know that there is a job out there waiting for you to reach out. Do check us out at www.getajobdulles.com