We take many risks as students.
“I can take a nap before starting my homework”
*Sleeps for five hours*.
“I’ll just watch one episode before I keep studying”
*Finishes entire season*
“I can definitely write this essay in a few hours”
*Late night panicking*
Yet, when it comes to scoring a coveted internship or landing our dream jobs, we all stick to the same routine. Well, it’s about time we let our right brains shine.
1) Find your Niche
We all love communications, we all love PR. But maybe you love the idea of working with a tech start-up. Or maybe you can’t see yourself doing anything that doesn’t involve animals. Figure it out and don’t waste your time applying for things you won’t love.
2) Your Resume: Get Creative
You’re going to need a resume for the rest of your professional life. Why not kick it up a notch? You can be creative while still being the professional that you are. Step out of your comfort zone with your resume, CV, portfolio and business cards. Make yourself stand out.
This is a screen shot of my resume. It could be better, of course, but I still get many compliments on it. Here are 50 other creative resumes to spark your interest.
3) Do your Research
As if you’ve never heard that before. I don’t know how many stories I’ve heard of people emailing a resume to “email@example.com” instead of spending a few minutes finding someone in charge. In our world of cyber-creeping, you can find just about anything. Before landing one of my current internships, I spoke to about 5-6 people before landing on the right one.
4) Ditch the Job Boards
So, you’ve looked through all the job boards and internship listings you could and found nothing. Why stop there? If your dream company doesn’t have an internship program, make one. Email the company anyways, tell them why you’d love to work with them and what you can offer. Of my current internships, only one was listed. I landed the other one through an old-school cold call.
To my friends out there who are in the process of applying for internships and jobs, I feel you. We're in this together!
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.