Month: September 2017

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #15 Intern

If you’re in college, the #1 best way to full-time employment after you graduate is to intern while you’re in school.

An internship is where a company hires students for a specific time period in order to allow the student to gain some experience while they are still in school.  Most of the time the internship lasts for the 3 months students are on break during the summer months of June, July, and August.  But there are companies who will keep interns on during the school year as well on a reduced work schedule.

Some companies have formal intern programs where they provide lots of activities for the intern. They might provide an internal job fair to allow students to get an idea of the different areas in a company.  Some companies provide brown-bag lunches with managers so students can ask questions about how the company operates, what the managers’ jobs are, and how they got to be a manager.

Internships allow you to meet fellow students from around the country and even the world as many companies will hire foreign students as interns, too.  This will give you an opportunity to grow your network.  As you progress in your career, your network will always be the best way to find your next job.

How do you find an internship?

There are a few ways you can find an internship:

  1. Career fairs at your school – Most colleges and universities start holding career fairs in the fall.  Many companies attend these fairs looking for interns to hire for the next summer season.  Be sure to attend as many of the career fairs as you can and talk to as many companies attending the career fairs.  Do some homework ahead of time to get an idea of the companies in attendance because some career fairs at larger universities have hundreds of companies attend.  In this case, you won’t be able to talk to all the companies, so you’ll want to have your list ready for the companies you want to speak with.
  2. Company websites – Companies will normally post their internship positions on their websites.  If you have specific companies in mind where you would like to work, be sure to keep an eye on their website starting in August.  That’s when companies will start posting their internships. If you don’t know what companies are in the area where you’re going to school, visit the career center on campus for them to help you find out.  You can also conduct a simple internet search by typing in ‘list of industries in (city name)’ in your favorite search engine.
  3. Internet search for intern jobs – Just as if you were searching the internet for an accounting job, let’s say, you can conduct a search for intern jobs.  Many of the job boards will pick up intern jobs from company websites so all you really need to do is type in ‘internships in (city name)’ in your favorite search engine.

When you get called for an interview, don’t forget you need to interview the company, too. Students travel all over the country for internships and there’s nothing worse than ending up in a really bad work situation.

Following are some questions you need to ask your future employer:

  1. Is the internship paid?
  2. How many hours a week?
  3. Do you pay for housing?
  4. Is there public transportation in the area?
  5. How much travel is involved?  Where is the travel to?
  6. What is the job that I will be doing?
  7. Will there be other interns at the company?
  8. When does the job start?
  9. When does the job end?
  10. Is there a possibility of full-time employment after the internship?

Entry level jobs after college are extremely competitive. When I’ve recruited for these types of jobs hiring managers will always give preference to graduates that worked at internships during school.

One final note.  Check with your career office at your school because some universities will give credit for working at an internship.

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #14 Volunteer

Yes volunteering makes us feel good by allowing us the opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate.  But if you’ve ever thought about making a career in the world of non-profits, volunteering is also one of the best ways of getting a job at your favorite non-profit.

By their very definition non-profits don’t make a lot of money.  They rely on donations, grants, and other fund-raising opportunities making full-time jobs difficult to obtain and competitive when a position does open up.  Volunteering gives you a foot in the door so you’ll have first hand knowledge of new jobs. Not only that, the organization will have first hand knowledge of your commitment and work habits possibly making you first in line for the job.

I’ve also seen individuals who have created a job for themselves at a non-profit.  The organization didn’t even realize they needed that particular work function done, until someone started doing it.  The organization was so grateful they hired the person full-time.

Working at non-profits isn’t just for senior citizens.

While it might be true that many senior citizens and retirees find part-time jobs working at non-profits, there are plenty of jobs available for the young career minded professional as well.

Following is a list of some of the professional jobs available in the non-profit industry:

  1. Directorship
  2. Fundraising
  3. Grant Writing
  4. Accounting
  5. Legal
  6. Public Relations
  7. Human Resources
  8. Payroll
  9. Marketing Director
  10. Event Coordinator

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, 11.4 million individuals were employed by the non-profit sector.

How do you go about finding a non-profit that’s right for you…volunteer.  Check out a library for resources on non-profit organizations in your area. Be sure and do your homework on any non-profit to make sure that it’s a reputable and legal organization.

If you’re looking for your next job or your first job, consider the field of non-profits.  It can be a life-long rewarding and financially stable career opportunity for you.