With your summer calendar now open again you may be wondering what you can do to get back on track and to make the most of the upcoming break. Here a few tips to help you restart your search:
1. Don’t Panic.
It can feel disheartening to know you have to restart your search in an even tougher environment, but even so, opportunities are still out there. Take a minute to be gentle with yourself, to regroup, and, while it may seem odd, to celebrate that you received an offer. The fact that you did means your materials and professional presentation were impressive to employers and will continue to help you open doors as you get back into your search.
If you are concerned about the financial impact of losing your internship, the University has resources to help such as the Arizona Student Emergency Response Fund or Campus Pantry (if local) that you can tap into to help you get through. If your internship was a required part of your degree program, connect with your academic advisor or college’s internship coordinator (if you have one) to explore the options and alternatives that are available to you.
2. Stay Connected.
The potential supervisors and colleagues you met throughout the interview process can still be an important part of your network. Trust us when we say they are disappointed with this news, too. Being gracious and professional can help keep the door open to new leads or to opportunities that may return when the economy starts to recover. Invite them to stay in touch on LinkedIn, and don’t hesitate to signal that you are still open to opportunities within their organization as the situation changes.
3. Reach Out.
In tough economic times, your network is your best bet at learning about jobs or internships that may not be publicly posted. Be sure to update your Handshake and LinkedIn profiles and to signal that you are currently seeking an internship. Remember that even family friends, neighbors, or other students can help you land hidden positions. While it can feel awkward, being open and sharing about your situation with others in your professional network can alert people that a great candidate is back in the pool.
4. Get Creative.
Plan A is out, but you aren’t. Take stock of your interests and transferrable skills (including your tech skills that lend themselves to remote work) and look for postings across multiple industries, not just the one you were looking to break into at first. While some employers have frozen hiring, other industries have ramped up their hiring to respond to the nation’s current needs. The more open you are to these kinds of new opportunities, the better chance you’ll have at getting another offer and maybe even a new career path you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
Remember that employers value all kinds of different professional opportunities, not just internships. Even if you aren’t able to secure an internship for the summer you can still gain important skills by volunteering, working side jobs, or participating in a skills-development program that helps you demonstrate how you are continuing to build your professional skills.
We are still here for you.
We know this is hard, but we are still here and want to help. If you need support identifying new strategies, revamping your application materials, or finding new leads, please contact Student Engagement & Career Development. Our office offers personalized coaching and programs like Design Your Search, a free resource for any student looking for a job or internship that gives you access to online content and a dedicated career educator who can help you at each step in your process. You can also participate in our Job Shadow Program to explore new industries and connect with professionals online.