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Who should I send my resume and cover letter to when seeking jobs or internships?

I am a Junior in high school who is looking to improve and get myself together.

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Matthew’s Answer

Hey Melony - good question!

The first thing is to think of where you want to work. Most places have a website with a "Career" page where you can go through trying to get an internship with them.

You can also try websites like Glassdoor or Indeed and that'll allow you to apply and search for companies you might want to intern at.

If the company you find doesn't have a website or email address, you can always walk in and drop off your resume.

You can also try asking family if they have any internships at their jobs if they're in a field you want to learn more about.

Lastly, volunteering is another good option. If the companies you reach out to don't get back to you, volunteering is an amazing way to get experience. Even if it doesn't include the direct skills you need, it looks great on a resume and there are always transferrable skills. Most people volunteering usually have other jobs that may have openings for internships also.

Hope this helps!

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John’s Answer

I agree with Matthew above.

Identify what you are interested in (it can be broad, that's ok!).
Identify companies where you think you can do that.
Find people you know or who know others who do that job (friend's parents, family, your parent's coworkers, etc.)
Ask for 15-20 minutes of their time and learn about what they do.
If you are interested in learning more, ask that person who they would recommend talking to next.
Use that information to inform what you are and aren't interested in.

Sending a resume around doesn't tend to go well if they don't know you. Getting to know them first is more valuable and gives them a chance to learn about you!
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Davina’s Answer

It's great to hear you are wanting to improve and get yourself together. It is something everyone struggles with in all levels of their life. When I was young, I was just like you. I wanted to improve and advance my situation. Now your question. The answer is any company you are interested in working and interning with. Take the initiative to reach out to companies that align with your goals. For example, if your career goal is to be work with animals. Then I would apply online at local animal shelters and submit my resume w/ cover letter. If your goal is to work in an office environment as a manager, then I would go online seek out entry level opportunities. Some people reach out to staffing agencies to get their foot in at an entry level. Another thing you can do is volunteer. This can help expose you to new things and give you an idea on future goals. I hope this helps. Good luck.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. Melony
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Vijayalakshmi’s Answer

If you are interested in working and interning, you can identify the companies that align with your goals. You can visit the company websites "Career" page and send an email explaining your interests in trying to get an internship with them. Volunteering is another option that will be of help for you to expose to new things to develop and shape up your goals.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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