Career Hack #2

Five Steps for Landing a Job or Internship

Nicole Lombardo, Account Supervisor, kbs+

Whether it’s landing that first marketing internship, or finding a permanent full-time gig after college, now is an important time to kick off the search. There are a few key areas to keep in mind to position you in a smart way.

  1. Get in tune with yourself: You most likely have an idea of what you are looking for by now-the type of role or general industry. You want to pursue something that gets you excited, that you find intriguing, and something you have a real passion for. Be honest with yourself, and not too concerned with what others may think is best for you. You know yourself best.
  2. Network wisely: Be aware and attuned to conversations around you. You never know who may be sitting next to you on your next flight or in line at the coffee shop. Utilize both your personal and professional networks to continue conversations with people and always put your professional self out there.
  3. Use social media to your advantage: It’s important to have a professional and consistent presence in all your social media outlets-Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn. It’s the best way to promote your own personal brand. LinkedIn is a great way to research prospective companies and keep in touch with people you meet through in-person networking activities or webinars.  A smart introduction email and a descriptive branded profile detailing who you are, what you can offer and what you are looking for, can start that two-way dialogue that may lead to opportunities.
  4. Prep and follow-up: The actual introduction, phone call or interview is important, but what you do before and after can really cinch the deal. It is very important to do your homework on the organization and the prospective employees you plan on meeting. Knowing about the business will prepare you so to ask insightful questions and have a solid conversation. As always, a timely and professional follow up is imperative-a thoughtful thank you note goes a long way. 
  5. Don’t limit yourself: Know what you want, but cast the net wide in the search. The more conversations you have with potential employers and people in your network, the more exposure to different companies and environments, and  the better you find out where you see yourself. You may be surprised that you like that modest office of 10 people over the large well-known corporation.

Good luck!

Read more career advice in Career Hack #3!