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How do you navigate job/internships searches?

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John’s Answer

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Hi Joba,

I'm going to assume that you already know what kind internship you’d like to apply for and that you already understand what the requirements of the position are. If you’ve decided which internship you’d like to apply for, after all, you’re much more likely to be offered the position it’s something that you’re well matched for.

If you don't know what kind of internship you are looking for, note not all internships are created equal. Some internships offer more benefits, some might give students the opportunity to travel. However, the better the internship, the more competitive the application process is likely to be. A good place to start is your school’s job posting website or bulletin.

Joba, below are 5 great internship search engines to check out

John recommends the following next steps:

  • https://www.jobs2careers.com
  • https://www.internships.com
  • https://www.idealist.org
  • https://www.experience.com
  • https://www.indeed.com
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Aicha’s Answer

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Hi Aisha! This is a great question! You should search for internships based on whatever your major is or what you want to do career wise. Sometimes you may find internships that are in your field of study, but it is not exactly what you want to do with your life and that is ok. Always focus on gaining multiple skills rather than just focusing on one. In terms of websites to visit sometimes Indeed.com and Fastweb.com have internship suggestions, however i think you may come out better just doing a regular google search with internships that are in the field you want to be in.

When it comes down to job searching since everything is online these days you may want to check out Indeed.com as well. They give out great job notices in your specific area. You can also choose whether or not you want to look at jobs that are part time or full time.

I hope this helps !
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Jesse’s Answer

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Hi Joba,

As others have mentioned, using resources provided by your school is the first place I'd look. Colleges have a career resource center where they post job posts and events where employers can invite students to learn about their company.

Most schools also have a job fair/company showcase once a semester where you can go and meet companies from around the state and world to talk about their internship opportunities. Even if you are not interested, it's great to go as you get experience with networking and discovering if something is the right fit.

I have also had friends go through organizations (one example: Inroads) that match individuals with internships. I see that you're from Raleigh, so I'd suggest researching them as they have a Carolina office.

Best of luck!
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zachary’s Answer

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Hello Joba,

Internships are a fantastic way to get real world experience and look great on a resume. The idea's posted are great ways to help find an internship and how to track them. Here are some of the out of the box idea's to try as well:

- If you are passionate about a certain industry, do you know anyone (Friends parents, relatives, your parents friends) that is in that industry? Try to see if you can set up a call to discuss their career, how they got started in that position, what they enjoy about it. Ask them if there is an opportunity to join the company for the summer to learn. Some of the smaller companies may not be actively looking for an unpaid intern, but might be willing to bring someone on.

- Try to find out different associations that are related to that industry. They sometimes have job listings or student groups. You can always try calling the association and see if they have any recommendations on contacts you can reach out to. They may hear about a company that is going through a growth phase and is looking for people.

- If you are in college, I used my internships as a try out for a job. Once you get an internship, make sure you are putting yourself out there getting to know everyone, the roles throughout the company, don't feel afraid to ask questions.

zachary recommends the following next steps:

  • Search your network to see if anyone is in that industry
  • Look into associations related that industry - Some have student groups or can be a resource for future jobs
  • Make sure to make the most of your internship. I think of it a tryout for getting a full time job
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Keeley’s Answer

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Hi Joba!

Searching for jobs and internships can quickly get overwhelming. A few pointers:

1. If your school has a job posting board, I would start there. The jobs posted by the school generally are marketed towards their students. These companies want to hire students from that university, therefore it gives you a foot in the door.

2. Attend job fairs - I know many universities host a job fair quarterly. This is a good opportunity to network with recruiters from companies you're interested in. Don't forget to bring your resume, and dress well. Good first impressions are important.

Hope that helps, best of luck on your search!

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Aisha’s Answer

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Hi Joba!

You're asking a very important questions, and one many other people struggle with as well. I would say that depending on your intended career choice, there are a couple of different choices. If you are looking for internships or jobs as a high school student, then you can identify companies or places you would like to work and apply through their website. Many large companies, like Google, NASA, and even Disney, have opportunities for high school students. You can also create a LinkedIn account and look for opportunities through there, although in my own experience as a Mechanical Engineering student, many of the recruiters on LinkedIn are looking for people with some college level education. This is not to say there are no opportunities for high school students, LinkedIn has a feature where you can filter out the results for the job searches, so you can filter things out according to your own preferences. I'm sure there are many other websites as well that have internships available, for example, Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com are also good options to consider. Remember, have a resume and possibly cover letter prepared prior to applying, these are among the most crucial aspects of job applications. Best of luck!
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Gina’s Answer

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If there is a company you're interested in, I'd research and find out who the hiring manager is and speak to them. They may be able to offer availability or advice int he related field.

Also, a few search engines to try:
jobs2careers.com
internships.com
indeed.com
linkedin.com

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Sarah’s Answer

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Hi Joba!

I have two pieces of advice. The first is if you see a job position on LinkedIn that you're interested in you can look for employees at that company and send them a message, asking questions about the company and expressing interest. This will get your name in front of more people and hopefully teach you something about the company. The second piece of advice is while you are in the searching process you should keep a document with the name of the position you applied to, the site you applied on, contact info for someone at the company, and any notes/comments. It's easy to apply to a lot of jobs on LinkedIn and this will help you keep track of everything.
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Riley’s Answer

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If you are in college, most schools will hold a job fair and an internship fair geared towards your specific major once every semester. This is a great way to get started as you will be able to connect with several different companies that are looking to hire. If you do not have this opportunity, then you could just google companies in the area that have job openings in your field and start by contacting them about an application.

Riley recommends the following next steps:

  • Sign up on a job finder website, like Monster
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