By: Tony Li
As you come back from your break, it’s time to spring ahead to advancing your job or internship search!
- Update your profile and connections on LinkedIn
Update your profile: When was the last time you updated your experiences? Do you have an updated description on your profile page? Does your headline reflect your field interests? Have you learned new skills to include in your summary or other relevant sections?
Utilize your alumni resources: This excellent feature, which can be found by searching “Boston University” and then selecting the “Alumni” tab on the left-hand side of the page, takes you to a searchable database that showcases organizations, cities, job titles, and other relevant information from everyone who’s identified BU in their Education section. Alumni usually will accept your connection request if you send them with a modified connection request message.
- Check out job opportunities on Handshake
Handshake still has many job and internship opportunities. When people ask me about where to search for roles, I always refer them to Handshake as it is often the most efficient place to go. Many of the employers on Handshake are specifically targeting and looking to employ BU students! Although outside sites, like LinkedIn, may show more opportunities, many of them are not necessarily targeting BU undergraduates and you’ll also be in a larger competition pool than in applying from Handshake. If you have time, you can always expand your search to multiple platforms, but be sure to utilize Handshake first to make your exploration easier.
- Set up a few informational interviews
Once you know your career interests, you should set up informational interviews with professionals in that role, company, or industry. If you’ve already completed multiple informational interviews, try reaching back out to your previous connections to update them or ask additional questions you may have uncovered since your last meeting. Informational Interviews are extremely helpful to learn more about industries or companies you want to work with.
- Brush up on your interview skills
While every interview is different, many tend to ask behavioral or other “standard questions.” It’s never the wrong time to think about your previous professional experiences and consider how you might talk about them. Spend some time thinking about why you’ve chosen your career path, what you’re excited about doing, what skills you have that you think are helpful in creating success in your field, and what experiences showcase your abilities best? Also, identify core answers for questions regarding conflict, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you’re looking for more on interview prep, sample questions, or tips for following up, check out the UDC’s interviewing section on their website here!