Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Fair will be here before you know it! Now’s the time to spice up your profile, clean up your cover letter and prepare for the fair. To get you started, we rounded up the best career search tips and checked in with our interns to see how they prepare for their job search.
Polish Your Docs
Resumes and Cover Letters are a great way to show off your personality and let employers know how awesome you are. It’s important to list all of your accomplishments in your application but it is just as important to proofread it several times. Forward it to your best friend, your career counselor, or anyone who can catch anything that may have slipped by you.
Here’s what Logan has to say about her resume revisions:
“I like to list specific accomplishments in each position I’ve had on my resume, to show I can ‘walk the walk.’ Having concrete, factual evidence that you’re good at what you do is super important to employers.”
Personalize Your Profile
Companies look for a candidate who can get the job done and who is also a great culture fit. Don’t be afraid have your interests and passions reflected on your profile, especially if your passions align with a company’s mission. Try to avoid the copy and paste syndrome by letting an organization know why you’re specifically attracted to them.
Ryan takes personalization to the next level by personalizing his resume for each application:
“When beginning the search, update your resume. If applying for one similar job, one version can be fine, but if you are applying for different internships it is helpful to have a few versions that each speak to a specific internship.”
Put Yourself Out There
The Online Job and Internship Fair puts hundreds of job opportunities in one place. This makes it easy to find a wide array of internships. If you find a perfect gig where you may not have all of the requirements, you should still apply. Just make sure to note why you are still the best fit for that company in your cover letter.
Kristin has some great advice for putting yourself out there:
“Don’t be afraid to apply to an internship that is not quite in the field/industry you want to ultimately work in. That internship may provide you connections for a future internship, and the experience learned will help your resume stand out from the crowd.”