At your current internship, you work until the job is done, however; when do you find the time to apply for a full time position?
Not everyone’s internship will turn into a full time paid position, we can only hope, but now is the time to start planning for after graduation.
As an intern who is trying to develop my career, it is a struggle to motivate myself to start applying for jobs. From my experience, I have learned that job searching is a full time job.
You have to set aside time each week and develop a well-organized list of potential jobs. I use a master list to organize potential jobs, applications, and follow-up dates on Google Docs. Here is a suggested weekly timeline of how to job search based on my schedule.
On Monday, I take an hour to search for potential jobs. I use Mac’s List, an online tool to search job openings in the greater Portland area. From this list, I pick the top three to five jobs that catch my interest. I add these jobs to my own master list.
On Wednesday, I apply to at least three jobs. Set about 30 minutes for each application to customize a cover letter. Another helpful tip is to have at least three letter of recommendations already written so you can easily attach to the application if needed. Do not forget to add your personal website to the email.
It is essential to follow-up with each application you send out. I find it useful to follow-up on Monday or Wednesday since you are dedicated to applying for jobs on those days. Remember to add a follow-up date to your master list that way you can stay proactive about your job search.
Other ways to job search is to attend networking opportunities with working professionals and request informational interviews. This is a great way to develop your corporate persona outside of the office.
You never know who will be hiring!