Peer Adviser Post: Tips for Job & Internship Hunting

Tips for Job & Internship Hunting
By Jennifer Bai CC '13



Last spring, I found myself in a peculiar time of the year: recruiting season. Throughout January and February, I would often have to slip out of my sweater and jeans and jump into a stiff, brand new suit, run over to the Center for Career Education, leather-bound resume holder in hand, and anxiously await an interviewer to call my name. This process repeated itself for weeks until my new work heels were worn down from the Columbia cobblestones, and all that was left to do was to wait for a prospective employer to call. Having gone through the job hunt recently, the process is fresh in my mind, and that is why I would love to give some tips on things that can help pave your way to the workplace!

Note: My intent is that these tips will be one-size-fits-all and be useful for many different professional industries.

**Perfect your resume. Don’t settle for satisfactory – make sure it is phenomenal, easy to read aesthetically, and impressive content-wise. Bring it to the Center for Career Education, where you can make an appointment for a resume review, and make sure to send it to your family and friends for their critiques. Also, feel free to show a peer advisor! 

**Network – it’s an overused word, but don’t underestimate the importance of getting your face out there to the people who you would like to hire you. Go to relevant info sessions on campus if there are any (check the CCE calendar), and also make sure to hit up personal contacts to introduce you to people in your field of interest. They might know someone who knows someone…you catch the drift!

**Have fun with it! Sure, not everything about job hunting is fun (who enjoys writing cover letters?), but if you see it as an exploration where you learn about what is out there and what you are best suited for, you will most certainly come out of the experience with a new degree of confidence.

Hope this helps and, of course, good luck!!


If you have questions or comments please email your Peer Advisers at: csapeeradvising@columbia.edu



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