Planning Your Search
Organize Your Search
Once you know what you're looking for and what you hope to accomplish in your job or internships search, it's important to to keep yourself organized.
Track Your Search
When you start to think about how to start your online search, you first want to generate a large pool of possibilities of opportunities that interest you.
Favorite, Save, or Like at least 25 jobs/internships that interest to you, marking dates of hiring timelines, and keeping notes on job titles that interest you. Discover new employers to add to your list by reading publications and resources for that industry. Keep this information in a document that you can refer to and update regularly. Download our job search worksheet below or create your own to keep track. What is essential is that all your job and internship search information is in one place.
Even if you narrow down the opportunities you're pursuing, that could still be 5-10 job applications!
Your job search plan needs to include:
- A way to track your applications
- The companies you have applied to
- Application deadlines
- The dates you submitted your materials
- Any notes and key interests you have in the role
- The status of your application
This can be very helpful when you get a call from a recruiter and are able to reference specifics about the job!
Download this Job Search Worksheet to get started.
Planning Your Search
Evaluate and Prioritize
Evaluate and prioritize which opportunities will best meet your goals. First, conduct some initial research. Learn more about the companies or industries on your list or the job role itself, especially if they’re new to you. This will help you determine which opportunities are best for you and to develop job search strategies beyond online applications like: who you can tap in your network, specialized job boards, industry communities, other different avenues to conduct your search, or niche career fairs you could attend.
As you collect information, consider the following factors:
- Curiosity/Interest in the Work: Will you like the job?
- Location: Will you have to relocate? Do you have preferences on where you want to live?
- Qualifications: Do you meet the minimum qualifications for the job?
- Paid or unpaid: If it's an internship, will you get paid? If not, how will that impact your budget in terms of housing and the commute?
- On-Campus Interviewing: Does the employer interview on campus or will you have to travel?
- Deadline: When do you have to apply? For summer internships, this can be as soon as October!
- Start Date: Will this impact your end-of-semester or post-graduation travel plans?
Researching the Employer
Did you know?
You can learn more about other students' internship and job experiences by reading reviews available on the company's profile in Handshake. Learn more about how to use Handshake.
Related Events & Programs
Schedule a 1:1 Appointment
Meet with a Career Educator
For personalized assistance, make an appointment with a career educator who can help you with every step of your job search from preparing your application materials through negotiating your offer.
Prepare for Internships
Build Skills & Gain Experience
Gain experience and learn by doing in a field of interest to you while earning your degree with an internship. Work experience of any kind matters when looking for post-graduation opportunities. Employers also believe an internship is one of the most impactful resume builders available to college students.
Career Exploration and Preparation
LifeLab is designed to support any student — from first-year undergraduates to graduate students — to identify values, skills, receive feedback and suggestions to improve your resume, or begin the search process for internships, grad school, or full-time jobs.