Itâ€™s good to think about the future and what great educational and job opportunities may come your way this year. While the economic news is as dark as a jet-black cat, itâ€™s good to take an optimistic and almost scientific approach to internships and the job market.
Here are some New Yearâ€™s resolutions for aspiring students who need to land an internship or job.
1. Hone your writing and communication skills.
Sharp people get the first shot at a job and impressing someone with your skill-set will put you ahead of the pack.
2. Research your potential employer.
Not a cursory home page read of their Web site. Dig out the news, find some fresh content â€” study.
3. Talk to family, friends, professors, classmates.
Networking gives you the very best approach to learning of jobs and internships not widely disseminated.
4. Donâ€™t rely on mass mailing resumes to addresses you found on the Internet.
Mailing resumes to â€œWhom it may concern,â€ is a wasted effort. If you donâ€™t work hard at getting to the right people, you wonâ€™t get an audience with her/him.
5. Develop a hard-hitting and attractive writing portfolio of your best work.
Even if itâ€™s class assignments, you must show the employer the best you have.
6. Donâ€™t rely on e-mail; pick up the phone and call people.
You should know by now that e-mail has severe limitations for communications. You canâ€™t hear someoneâ€™s inflections over e-mail or his enthusiasm or lack thereof.
7. Donâ€™t give up and decide to go to grad school.
Sure, graduate school is an option in tough times, but you need experience (and maybe some cash, too) and a first job or internship provides that opportunity.
8. Make a New Yearâ€™s resolution: Get ahead of the pack, stay there and land the job that others want through hard work, smart research and networking.