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Most people begin an internship or job search operating off assumptions. Continue reading to learn how to get started and about the sorts of activities and resources that will set you up for success!

CAMPUS JOB RESOURCE
INTERNSHIP TIMELINE FOR STUDENTS
JOB SEARCH CHECKLIST

LEARN ABOUT JOB AND INTERNSHIP SEARCH BEST PRACTICES
Develop a comprehensive, proactive internship or job search plan before you get started. Utilize techniques that will increase your chances of uncovering leads and securing interviews in today's global, interconnected, and technology-driven economic climate. Read this article that uses examples to compare effective and weak search techniques. If you've already begun your search, evaluate what you are currently doing against what this article lays out. How does your strategy measure up against best practices? Participate in a workshop about internship and job searching. 


RESEARCH AND NARROW YOUR OPTIONS
What is your internship or job search target? Can you describe the sort of duties you would like to perform in a job or internship? Can you name examples of organizations that might offer your ideal experience? Can you pinpoint metropolitan areas where you would like to work? For some, it is easy to answer these questions, but for others, answering these questions feels overwhelming. If you would like help articulating your career goals, start by exploring this page of the website. Resources like WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR? and the LINKEDIN ALUMNI TOOL can be good places to start.


PREPARE YOUR MATERIALS

Let's be sure that your application materials showcase your accomplishments and tell a compelling story about the skills you can offer. Use these materials to build confidence about how you are presenting yourself to employers on paper. Need more help? Participate in a RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP, stop by during WALK-INS (offered each Thursday between 10 AM and 12 PM), or call the office to schedule an appointment.


FIND JOB OR INTERNSHIP POSTINGS
Set up an account with the university's online job board, called Handshake.
Employers who are interested in hiring LSUS students and alumni post a variety of opportunities onto this site, including part-time roles, internships, and full-time positions. Stay up-to-date about new opportunities posted to the site by periodically checking the Career Services Facebook page, too.

In addition to the university's online job board, use popular search engines like LINKEDIN, LOUISIANA JOB CONNECTION, INTERNSHIPS.COM. Uncover industry and geographic specific resources by conducting smart Google searches: use your favorite search engine and type "KEYWORD + job posting sites." Evaluate the results you receive back and determine if the job boards will help you uncover high quality postings connected to your target.


DEVELOP A LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS YOU WANT TO WORK FOR
The Internet is a great place to locate job leads, but it should not be the only place you are spending your time when job searching; in fact, aim to spend your time on many sorts of activities during your search. One useful place to devote time during your search is in research: gather information about organizations you like, and use that list to inspire you and uncover NEW organizations. Keep your eye on these organizations' CAREERS or EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES webpages for vacancies.

Resources that might be useful include the  LINKEDIN ALUMNI TOOL (search the database for organizations that employ peers from your major) and the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in your geographic target area (search the MEMBER DIRECTORY for ideas about organizations located in your target geographic location).


INVOLVE OTHERS
Talk to anyone who will listen to you about your internship and job search goals. Family, friends, professors, mentors, and Career Services staff are all eager to help you and support you toward securing the experience you are after.

Use informational interviews to build one-on-one relationships with people who can offer advice, insight, and an insider's perspective of the industry you would like to enter. GUIDE TO INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS, 200 QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS

Events are another great way to speak with individuals about your internship and job search goals. Consider attending the Career and Internship Fair, offered each semester, to talk to representatives from organizations that are seeking to hire folks for part-time roles, internships, and full-time jobs.


PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW
Build confidence when speaking about yourself to prospective employers. First, attend an INTERVIEWING WORKSHOP, review CAREER SPOTS videos, and use printed resources like this INTERVIEW PREP CHECKLIST. Then, use InterviewStream to practice. InterviewStream is a mock interview platform that allows you to create and record practice interviews. Once you have completed your mock interview, you can send a link to the video to Career Services or trusted members of your network for feedback.

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Many organizations begin recruiting early in the fall and start making offers as early as November. Industries like investment banking, consulting, and accounting are notorious early recruiters. Smaller companies, which do not have competitive training programs, tend to recruit later in the year. For internships, recruiting season can run all the way through May, with the heaviest volume of applications due between February and early April (source).

Bottom line? Start early and work with Career Services to develop an action plan. Together, we can do this!

 
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