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10 Do's And Don'ts for Internship Recruiting Season

By Diana Zarowin - NYU

For college juniors and seniors (and some very ambitious sophomores, too!), October of fall semester is prime recruiting season for competitive internships and full time jobs. The recruiting process is long and can prove tiring, frustrating, and like a game with unknown rules. Lucky for you, I’m sharing the top 10 recruiting advice tips with you attentive readers. Read up, enjoy, and most importantly, GOOD LUCK!

Do Spruce Up Your Resume

Your resume is the first impression you will make with a firm. Make sure its one page and submitted as a PDF, not a Word Doc. To make it to any further rounds in the recruiting process, your resume needs to give off a great vibe, one that shows you have experience and are a leader worth hiring. A second pair of eyes is a must, it’s nearly impossible to find tiny grammatical errors or inconsistencies in format on a computer screen. Want more detail? Log into NextGenVest.com to take the free 3 Minute Video Course on Resumes 101.

Do Network

I can’t stress this enough: networking is SO important. Whether at a club meeting, firm presentation, or company visit, your in-person impression should be that one thing that pulls recruiters in to remember you. Be confident, ask thoughtful questions, and find commonalities with recruiters. Make your mark in such a good way that the recruiter will remember you clearly and fondly upon receiving your thank you note.

Do Send Follow Up Emails

Ah, yes, the thank you note. Not only is it a polite gesture, but the thank you note also signifies to recruiters that you are genuinely interested in their company, and want to know more Be professional, keep it succinct, and mention a point of commonality or a specific reference made by the recruiter.

Do Your Due Diligence

Once you are lucky enough to receive an offer to interview, it is really time to get to work! Research the company’s website, your interviewers (if given their names), and the company in the news. Know everything you can about the firm (including their top management officers!) so that you are best prepared for any questions that come your way while in an interview.

Do a Mock Interview

Interviews are a critical component of the job process. Do take the time to prepare for the interview by researching potential interview questions, speaking with those in your network who work at the company, and asking a friend or parent to mock interview you. Practice “walking through your resume” by writing down your spiel and saying it out loud a few times. Trust me, you need practice.

Do Apply To A Wide Range of Jobs

We all have our dream job or firms we would love to work at. But it is important to be realistic and apply widely, perhaps even to firms you may not have thought about before or don’t know as well, if they offer a position that is a good fit. For example, if you’re looking only at Finance Jobs, try out Venture for America as an alternative.

Don’t Slack Off Until Second Semester

Although some firms do recruit during the spring semester, the majority of positions are posted in the fall and are intended for earlier recruitment. Don’t wait until the last minute to begin your job search. The positions you want may be filled at that point and you might find yourself stuck looking at positions that are of lesser interest. Make time for fall recruitment and give yourself the opportunity to secure a great position early on.

Don’t Be Stressed

Stress is a natural part of the job search process because it is uncertain. Try to look at the job search process as a game - learning how to network and present yourself well will only become more relevant in the working world. You get to practice these skills now with your University to support you.

Don’t Just Accept the Offer

If you have received a job offer that you are interested in, do take the time to research intern or full-time salaries and benefits. Don’t just accept the offer because you have received it and like the firm. Negotiating is another very real component of the job process, one you should be at least minimally prepared to tackle. Know what market rate is for your position from sites like Glassdoor.com.

Do Pay it Forward

Once you have secured your dream job, with the recruiting process behind you, do pay it forward with younger students and friends. Help with resume building, networking tips, and mock interviews. Be a connector between younger students and professionals in your network. Remember that once upon a recruiting season, that youngster was you!