This post was written by Alicia Valko, our CA (and former Intern Queen intern) from Towson University. Alicia is a senior with a major in Mass Communication and a minor in Italian. This fall, Alicia will be studying abroad in Rome, Italy!
Like many of you, I will soon be on the job hunt. And honestly, I’m slightly terrified to think of myself as just another recent college graduate applying for my first job.
My fear is that I will be one among the unidentifiable masses, applying blindly for entry-level positions that are dull, grueling, and ultimately unfulfilling. However, I’ve been diligent in preparing for the hunt throughout my years of college (with Lauren’s advice in mind!). Ever the Intern Queen girl, I’ll be nice and share what I’ve learned along the way:
1. NEVER apply blindly for a job. Quite honestly, it’s a waste of your time, and the employer’s time - and you won’t get the job. Instead, you should take the time to find 10 or so companies that you’d love to work for, and focus your time and energy on standing out to those companies. Even if you don’t know exactly what you want to do after you graduate, you should still search for companies that align with your goals and values.
2. REACH OUT to people within the company and ask for informational interviews before you graduate. Look on LinkedIn and see if anyone from your university is employed with that company, and just reach out! I emailed two people at two different companies I’d love to work for, and they’ve been so kind in giving advice and getting me in touch with the right people. I suggest setting up those relationships in advance of your job or internship search – they’re more likely to recommend you if you have a relationship with them!
3. Demonstrate how you will add VALUE. Employers can look on your resume and see that you’ve interned with Company X. And that’s great, but they want to see how you can add value to their organization based on past performance. Whenever possible, use metrics to spell it out for them.
Best of luck on the job search!