As you progress through your academic experience, it is important to keep up with the core activities that will drive your success—good study habits and time management, monitoring email communications and continuing to seek out opportunities for experience through research or student organizations. As a junior, look for ways to practice and perfect your job search skills.
- Purchase business dress for formal internship interviews. Dress as seriously as you want to be taken. Conservative, classic styles and dark colors are best.
- Review Handshake (MyASU>Campus Services>Jobs&Careers) at least once each week to avoid missing internship deadlines. New information is added daily.
- Revise your resume and your 30-second commercial. Be sure to add new experience and highlight your strongest technical skills, which may come from class projects. Practice until your commercial sounds natural.
- Upload your revised resume to Handshake and fill out search agents so that you will stay on top of new opportunities.
- Attend career fairs and other recruiting/networking events related to your major. Be prepared by researching companies ahead of time.
- Focus your career/job options by developing an “A-list” of industries and companies. You will be a stronger applicant by having thorough knowledge of individual companies.
- Determine which of your targeted organizations have formal internship programs. Create your own internship and suggest it to employers who do not have a formal program.
- Become familiar with hiring methods and deadlines for internships of interest. Learn how and when those companies are hiring.
- Apply for internships and be thorough with follow-up. Thank-you notes and appropriate follow-up show your interest and professionalism.
- Start attending company information sessions regularly. You will learn more about each organization, begin to see the differences and be able to determine which are the best choices for you.
- Find a summer internship that best fits your desired career path. “Test drive” your career to see that it is what you want. The experience will also make you more competitive when seeking a permanent position.
- Join a professional association in your field through a student chapter or reduced student membership rate. In addition to networking opportunities, you will learn about current issues in your field.
- Continue to follow the business impact of technology development in your field of study. Show recruiters how you contribute to the bottom line as a systems thinker.