Gosh it’s a busy time of year! With graduations, summer plans, and just about a thousand other things going on...it can be difficult to wrap your head around the concrete things still left to do! One of those major things that I’m sure is on a lot of your minds is scoring that summer internship or entry level job if you’re about to graduate college. Hopefully, you’ll find these tips helpful, and no fear, everyone finds a job eventually!
Work the Network
The best way you can find internships or jobs is to utilize your network. Professors, mentors, previous bosses, etc. are all great places to start. 80-90% of jobs are found through networking, so if you haven’t already, spend majority of your time doing some quality networking instead of mass applying to jobs and internships. Ask for informational interviews, advice, and guidance from your network; you’ll never know what great opportunities you’ll uncover!
Be a Sponge
During your summer internship or the first couple months of your first full-time job, it is critical to your success to learn as much as you can. It’s ok to fail, make mistakes, and pick yourself up. Take it all in, ask as many questions as you can, and do your best to absorb as much information as you can. Use these 10-12 weeks to meet as many people as you can as well, this is a great time to build your network, find more mentors, and make your mark at the company.
Make a Mark
Speaking of making a lasting impression, internships are your time to shine! Find a hole within your team, a niche you can fill, and make yourself as invaluable as possible. Show that the team can’t function without, and jump into as many projects as possible (within reason of course). Use this time to be curious, give things a try, and challenge when appropriate. Let your creativity shine, and your authentic-self through.
Remember, most places will be looking to hire at the end of the internship, whether that’s a few months or a few years down the road. I would always write a personal thank you card to each person on the team I worked with during my internship as one way to express gratitude and leave my mark. Our recent intern that we had my company brought in a box of donuts with her face on it for her last day to say thank you! Now that is one great way to make your mark and stay rememberable!
Build Bridges, Don’t Burn Them
Even if you end up not liking the job or internship, don’t quit or throw a fit. Do your best to make the most of it and learn as much as you can. Remember to build bridges with all, never burn a connection even if you didn’t have the best experience at the company. You never know who your industry could come back around and be your boss in a few years!
Well Ramblers, good luck to those of you starting summer internships, and to those graduating, congratulations!