Review Job/Internship Search Tips

Job Search Tips

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Now that you have decided on your career options and have a clear understanding of what you are looking for and what occupations and industries might be a good match, your next step is to start marketing yourself to organizations of interest.

Applying for Jobs/Internships

When Should You Apply

Most organizations are looking for candidates to fill an immediate opening. This typically means you should be applying the semester prior to the anticipated start date. Similarly, most internship recruitment occurs a semester in advance. However, depending on the industry/organization you are targeting, you may have to apply even earlier. Refer to the guide below for a general timeline. (Note: This may not apply for every organization, so please do your research!)

Fall Spring Summer
Students graduating in December and May (all industries) Students graduating in May looking for full-time
Students looking for Spring internships and Summer (all industries) Students looking for Summer internships (all industries) Students looking for Fall internships (all industries)

Where to Find Job/Internship Opportunities

Job/Internship seem too good to be true? Avoid fraudulent job postings.

Develop Leads
In addition to searching and applying to online job/internship listings, you can find a job or internship through your network. Consider the following strategies:

  • Contact your network (family, friends, professors, supervisors, and mentors) and let them know that you are looking for a job/internship. Inquire about potential opportunities and ask for connections and leads.
  • Contact alumni within companies you are targeting for advice using LinkedIn.
  • Follow up with contacts/recruiters with whom you have previously interacted for potential opportunities/advice.

Manage Your Job Applications
As you submit applications, it is important to stay organized. Here are some tips to help you manage your job search:

  • Have your resume and cover letter reviewed prior to applying for jobs. Make sure they are tailored for the specific job to which you are applying.
  • Make sure to submit all the requested documents and submit them on time.
  • Save a copy of the job description for future reference. Sometimes job postings are removed from job boards prior to interviews so it could be helpful for interview preparation.
  • Keep track of deadlines and interview dates so you can follow up as appropriate. Creating an Excel spreadsheet is an easy way to keep everything organized.
  • Manage your energy. Finding a job is a fulltime job in itself! When it gets stressful, take a break!
  • Be polite and clear in your communication with recruiters. Keep track of your phone calls and emails.

Career Center Resources for Job Search

We provide resources for you to learn about job opportunities and interact with recruiters. If you are not sure how to approach your job search, take some time to assess what you want and explore your options. Once you have decided on your career plans, it is recommended that you utilize multiple job search strategies to maximize your efforts.

connectSC
Browse through thousands of job, internship, and on-campus recruiting (OCR) listings.  Make sure to look into the connectSC listings, iNet, Extended Job Search, and Recommended Jobs sections.

On-Campus Recruiting Program (OCR)
Our OCR program attracts companies from a variety of industries looking to hire for entry-level positions and internships. It is a convenient opportunity for you to interview on-campus in our interview rooms.

Career Fairs
We host a Career Fair during fall and spring semesters. Employers participate in Career Fairs to recruit for full-time and internship opportunities.

Trojan Talks
Employers present on their organization and provide a chance to network with recruiters and alumni. Students are expected to dress professionally to Trojan Talks. To view upcoming Trojan Talks, visit our Events page or the Events tab in connectSC.

Finding Jobs/Internships in Specific Locations

Below are a few resources to help start researching careers by specific geographical location.

GoinGlobal – USA & Canada City Guides – located in the Resources tab on connectSC
USA City Guides contain career and employment resources for the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the USA. Included in this database are: job search resources, employment outlook, professional networking groups, cost of living, major employer listings by industry sector, non-profits and volunteer opportunities. H1B employer listings are also listed for all 50 states!

GoinGlobal resources include more than 10,000 pages of constantly-updated content on topics such as: job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, regional resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice… and much more!

Career Access Resource Library (CARL)
The CARL system is designed to help you access career-related links and resources useful for career exploration as well as graduate school, internship, and fellowship searches.  Users can build a bibliography of relevant links and receive the bibliography via email through CARL.

Job search links for many cities can be found in CARL, type the city of interest in the “keyword search” section and start exploring!

Hoovers database – located in the Resources tab on connectSC
This database offers information on companies around the world; it enables you to specify variables such as company location, company size, industry, company type, people, financial data and specialty criteria.

Local Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce are a good resource to use when looking for local businesses. A Chamber of Commerce is a local and international business and community association with a mission to positively impact critical business and community issues. Chambers of Commerce often partner with the government to accomplish the chamber’s mission; membership size can vary greatly.

Below are a few California-based Chamber of Commerce organizations:

Networking

Networking can help you clarify and define your interests in a variety of career fields. Click on the link above to learn more about how to network.

Marketing Your International Experience

Whether you have lived, interned, studied or volunteered abroad, you have demonstrated these skills:

  • Adaptability to a new environment
  • Appreciation for diversity and other perspectives
  • Community building
  • Conflict/Crisis Management
  • Creativity
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Knowledgeable of international issues and politics
  • Independence/Initiative/Self-Reliance
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Motivation
  • Open-mindedness
  • Organization and Time management
  • Perseverance
  • Problem Solving
  • Self-Confidence

Be Memorable by Displaying Your International Experience Effectively:

  • Reflect upon your experience and review the skills you enhanced
    • Professional growth
    • Personal development
    • Knowledge gained
  • Connect this experience to characteristics that employers/graduate schools seek in candidates
  • Utilize these accomplishments in your updated resume/elevator pitch

Be Intentional When Connecting Your International Experiences:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to think on your feet to come to a decision quickly.
  • What are the top three lessons you learned?
  • How did this experience change your life?

Additonal Resources:

Transferable Skills

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