Summer break is a great time for continuing your internship search (or job search in the case of recent grads). Here are ten tips for staying on track in the year’s hottest season.
- Read Up: There are some excellent books out there which will prep you for internships and jobs. I recommend All Work, No Pay by Lauren Berger and Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want by Jenny Blake, to begin.
- Plan For the Future: Make a list of things you want to accomplish and then see how you can make them happen. If you want to get an internship in New York City for the summer, look up housing options that cater to students with internships. You may want to start off by identifying your strengths and going from there.
- Look Next Door: If you’re home for the summer, try to find companies that interest you and see if you can job shadow. It’s not an internship, but will provide a first hand look into something that may end up being your actual passion. Should things work out with the company, you can line up future opportunities. Read about Sebastian Rea’s amazing story with Tribeca Film Festival.
- Work on Essentials: A cover letter and resume are extremely important components to landing a solid position. They do require time and complete focus, however. Research potential internships and jobs to write a rough draft. Then, have a trusted friend or family member give you feedback for improvements. Also see our exhaustive list of resources.
- Network It: There is always a chance to network, even if you’re not in a big city. Keep abreast of events and functions around your town and ask a friend to join you. Check out the ROI of Networking.
- Ask Around: Sitting idly by waiting for opportunities probably won’t get you anywhere. If you are looking for someone whom you can talk to about your interests, first ask friends and family. You will most likely be surprised by the doors they can open for you.
- Get on Twitter: Social media should be used to your advantage. You don’t have to tweet all the time, but following companies and people you think are cool is always a smart move. With Twitter you can see what is happening with that person or company, and it may benefit you in the long run. We also offer coaching and other assistance in this area.
- Start a Blog: Share what you do. If you make videos, put them on your blog. If you take great photos, put up an online gallery. Blogging doesn’t have to involve lots of heavy writing. Learn more from our Creative Diaries: Why You Should Be Blogging event.
- Try New Tools: For instance, Huntsy is a tool that organizes your job search into a single dashboard. As you browse sites like LinkedIn, Indeed or CareerBuilder, the application lets you bookmark jobs a la Pinterest, and then tracks your progress in one place.
- Be Productive: Be Productive. Summer is meant for relaxing and unwinding after a stressful year of work and school. Kick back and enjoy, but don’t waste the summer away. There’s always something useful you could be doing.
If you’re in New York, please come to a NY Creative Interns event and hang out with us. We’d love to see you.
What tips do you have for summer productivity?