And why it’s not the end of the world if you don’t.
There’s a certain culture around college students. Getting good grades is not enough anymore, clubs aren’t enough anymore, we need to work as well! Summers are a great opportunity to put what you learned to the ultimate test – with a summer job! Chemistry and Biology students want to work in a lab, business students want to work for a big company, etc. Unfortunately, unless you’re a junior, finding a summer internship can be pretty tough. Even if you are a junior, it can still be discouraging if you apply as much as you can but you still can’t seem to get a response. Here are some tips on where to look for a job and also some tips on what to do if a job isn’t for you this summer!
1. Prepare a Resume
Applying for a job becomes significantly easier if you have a resume prepared. It can be helpful to tailor a resume for each job you apply to but having a general one prepared for a quick application is always handy. Plus, changes are easy to make once you have the skeleton all typed out.
Helpful tips: Use strong action verbs for you bullets and include quantifiable results whenever you can! Remember – you don’t need official work experience to have a strong resume. List any extracurricular activities where you have contributed a lot of your time!
Click on this link to see some good examples of resumes for multiple jobs and industries!
2. Update your LinkedIn
LinkedIn is like the Facebook/Twitter/Instagram of the professional world! LinkedIn is a very useful tool for applying to jobs as well as connecting to the vast UNC alumni network. You can often utilize this connection to get more information about a place you want to work. Everyone is willing to help out their fellow Tar Heel! Make sure you have a professional photo and a strong summary. After that, it’s pretty simple to format your LinkedIn like your resume.
3. Create a Profile on Handshake
If you haven’t heard, Handshake is a useful resource provided by the university to help you apply for jobs. Many recruiters will post their open positions on handshake and will accept their applications there. Unlike other job websites like Indeed.com or Glassdoor, Handshake has a higher concentration of jobs available specifically for students. You can find Handshake here.
4. Check Out other Job Sites
That being said, Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com are still incredibly useful tools as well. Check in periodically to find job postings that might look attractive to you!
5. Look for other Summer Options
It’s important to remember that finding is a job is not always feasible for everyone and is not the only option to pursue.
Summer classes are incredibly useful – you can get extra credits to help you graduate on time, early, or even get a second major.
Studying abroad is also a good choice since many employers actually want to see experience abroad. Plus, if you don’t get to travel in college, when will you be able to travel?
Volunteering is like a job, but unpaid. It feels wonderful to give back to the community and is as equally impressive on your resume.
Working on campus over the summer is a good way to get extra experience as well. For example, UNC Housing is hiring summer interns right now! Click here for more info!
As you can see, you have plenty of options and your summer isn’t something you should stress out about. The most important thing to remember is that you should never give up! Sometimes it takes apply to 1000 jobs to get that one job – but it’s totally worth it!