How to Find a Job or Internship
No matter what stage you are in your career, or even if you haven’t started yet, finding a job or an internship is difficult. You have to be prepared for a journey. Jobs and internships don’t just fall into your lap, unless you’re unusually lucky, so be proactive. Your next job or internship is out there, and once you know where, when and how to search for companies you are interested in, you will be that much closer.
Consult your network of friends and family members. By putting feelers out, you may hear of an opportunity. Your aunt’s friend may have a job opening in her department, or your niece may have contacts with a big agency in New York. It never hurts to let others know what you are looking for.
Research your industry and find internet hubs that aggregate available jobs. There are industry-specific job sites for most fields. These sites post jobs daily from all over the world. If possible, post your resume on the site.
Create a LinkedIn account. Recruiters search LinkedIn for prospects, so make sure your information is up-to-date and professional. Ask contacts for recommendations and endorsements.
Join local professional groups, like Alachua County Emerging Leaders. Major cities or college towns offer programs for various groups, such as young professionals, technologically savvy people and industry-specific groups. Members can help you make contacts with companies that may be hiring.
Attend career fairs and professional events. University of Florida constantly has career fairs to help you network and interview. Organizations send recruiters to talk with interested people, so bring a resume and introduce yourself.
Attack the Internet. Search the Web for companies in your industry. You can narrow it down by city to minimize your results. Send personal emails to the hiring managers introducing yourself and inquiring if any positions are available.