Landing a Job (part 1)
7 June, 2017

Landing a Job (part 1)

Let’s suggest that you have just graduated from the university and need to find a job. At first, it may seem to be a stressful experience, but you should walk through this boldly. After all these years at different educational institutions, you have become a valuable resource on the job market, haven’t you? But it’s important to note that it’s not just your knowledge that influences a prospective employer, but also how you present yourself.

Anyway, there’s nothing to be afraid of because the worst thing you may hear while applying for a job is “No.” This guide has lots of suggestions on how you can become a better job seeker.


Internships are a great option to get the right experience. Besides, your educational institution may need an internship as a part of your degree. If your college requires it, get the consultation provided by the career center to learn all the details. When you compare the internships, you should pay attention if they are: 

  • On-site/Virtual;
  • For-credit/Not-for-credit;
  • Summer/Semester;
  • Paid/Unpaid.

Others options that you may use to get more experience include co-ops, student teaching, practicum courses, or field experience.

You should consider that the application for internship differs from the application for a job. If job focuses on your experience, an internship emphasizes your academic background. Every internship options will have different application requirements that each applicant should study thoroughly. Nevertheless, all applications include some components that are common for almost every position. They are:

  • Application form and resume;
  • Cover letter or letter of interest;
  • College transcript;
  • Letter of recommendation;
  • Interview.

Internships should be taken as seriously as full-time jobs because they often serve as a starting point and show the potential of the future full-time worker. Here are the tips that you should follow when applying for internships:

  • Proofread everything;
  • Follow the proper etiquette; 
  • Don’t be late and dress properly for the interview;
  • Send a follow-up note.

Working as an INTERN

As it was already mentioned above, completing the internship is very beneficial. One of the greatest advantages of working as an intern is the opportunity to meet and built bonds with the professionals who can help students in their post-graduation job hunt.

But probably, the greatest advantage of an internship is the opportunity to get a full-time job in the company that the student has interned under. In fact, companies offer full-time jobs to more than 60% of interns. How to make the most out of your internship?

  • Treat it as a full-time job. Treat yourself as if you were already working there.
  • Go above and beyond.  Use additional ways to contribute.
  • Make new bonds. Build connections with professionals and use their pieces of advice.
  • Show your potential. All that you do is observed and controlled, so put your heart into it.

If you don’t have all the skills yet, your attitude will surely help you to get hired.

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