Job and Internship Search

 

When beginning a job search, there are many things to think about and prepare. If you are unsure of the career direction you would like to go, meeting with a Career Counselor in Career Development may help you focus your search. Determining a few specifics about your goals and criteria for future job prospects will help you find opportunities that are more relevant to your major and career field.

Job and Internship Search Steps

To begin a successful search, it is important to begin by assessing what it is you are really looking for. The more you can clarify the type of position you are seeking, the better you will be able to target and strategize your search. Employers notice when candidates understand who they are and where their interests lie. Reflecting upon what you really want in a position and/or company and why, and this will make you a much stronger candidate for a potential job or internship. To begin, explore how you may answer some of the following questions:

  • What are your career values and how do you want them to be fulfilled in your future position? (Flexible schedule, advancement opportunities, professional growth, and an attractive wage)
  • In what environment would you like to work? (Corporate, small business, educational, non-profit, healthcare, government, etc.)
  • What population are you interested in working with or serving? (Children/youth, business people, educators, lawyers, healthcare providers, artists, etc.)
  • What topics are you excited to explore? (Marketing/advertising, sports and fitness, education, art, social justice, environmentalism, etc.)

  • Resume: Have you had your resume reviewed by someone in Career Development? What has or has not been working? Does the top third of the page grab the reader’s attention?
  • Cover Letter: Have you created one? Are you “showing” not “telling?”

Job and Internship Search Resources

Many people apply online and never hear back from companies, so attending fairs gives you face-to-face contact that will get you noticed.  If you happen to miss attending a job or internship fair, many of their websites stay active, allowing your access to employer contacts and posting information.

Concordia University, St. Paul participates in numerous job fairs throughout the year.  Please view the job fairs we participate in here.