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It’s Internship Time — College Students Start Searching Now


The leaves have turned colors. The air is brisker. You’re probably looking forward to winter break. So, why is now the right time to start thinking about summer 2020 jobs? Recruiters at top companies are already planning to fill their internship openings. Don’t miss out on any opportunities.

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Easy steps to take, without even leaving campus.


Stay up-to-date with the people and companies coming to campus and take full advantage of the services being offered.


Follow the campus career office on social media channels. They host employers, have recruiting fairs, and offer workshops that could help brush up a resume or learn business etiquette. They’ll be hosting events year-round. Not just in April when the last-minute job hunters start thinking about what they might do that summer.


Join job search message boards or mailing lists for your industry as it may help to build a network of hiring managers. Find out if there are relevant industry associations in your area. For instance, if you’re majoring in Public Relations subscribe for news from the closest Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) chapter. Or an Electrical Engineering major might look into joining the local arm of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


You should also set up job alerts online for any companies that may interest you. Setting up a Google alert for the organization helps you keep current on the latest news.


It’s never too early to network


You should also make an appointment to meet a campus career counselor. Learning more about the services available is vital. Making a positive, personal impression on counselors, professors, and college staff can make all the difference. Standout students who communicate goals and develop strong relationships are much more likely to receive recommendations to work for top employers.


Family and friends are also one of the best places to start to find possible connections to your career of choice. For example, maybe Aunt Jenny lives next door to the hiring director for a healthcare insurer. Would it be possible to get an informational interview to learn more about what she does?


Pick and research 8-10 companies that are interesting. Then take advantage of the time you’ve given yourself to reach out and schedule calls to learn more about the organization and its hiring practices. Be smart about this, though. If you’re looking to work in accounting, for instance, don’t try to set up interviews at the end of a fiscal quarter when your contacts will be swamped.


Stand out from the rest

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What else can you do to stand out from the rest?


Be proactive! Demonstrating professionalism and motivation, and taking advantage of opportunities early, significantly increases your chances of landing a great internship.


Be you! Develop a specific branding statement providing a simple, concise message of what you’re looking for in a career.


You’ll also need to craft a perfect resume and cover letter, optimize your LinkedIn profile, know how to interview and ask the right questions. It also helps to understand the impression you’re making on social media. The list goes on!


If all of this seems too overwhelming, hire a career coach with expertise in getting students amazing internships that lead to full-time offers.


Invest in an internship Masterclass


The Best You Advantage’s master class for college students is designed to help college sophomores and juniors develop a professional mindset and identify skills and competencies. Starting in January 2020 this course also helps you build an amazing resume and cover letter and social presence, and teaches the skills you need to network and interview successfully.


Contact me for more information!


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