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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Looking to add an ‘experience’ column on your resume? Or maybe make some extra cash while on summer break?

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Having a job during college teaches you time management and having a job during the summer is like training wheels for adulthood. It allows you to have a resume with meat on it and some actual experience to talk about in future interviews.

Probably the most important reason – it shows your future employers that you can be productive and responsible.

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Plus, who doesn’t like extra spending money?

First, know what you are looking for. There is a difference in part-and full-time jobs and an internship. HINT: One of them you can get course credit for.

Use those resources

Check with your academic adviser to find out if your major requires an internship. If you’re searching regardless then GO YOU. #focused #grownup

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PROTIP: Most programs that require an internship generally want it completed between junior and senior year. Even if it is not required, you can still learn skills, use your summer to gain professional experience and beef up your resume.

Now that you know what you need to be looking for, these three steps can help you land that gig!

Start right now

Local employers and campus departments typically start posting late March for summer positions so now is the perfect time to look. The earlier you start, the better!

HireOSUGrads is a great place to start. Employers that post with Career Services are actively seeking OSU students and alumni.

#DYK: Since August 2017, the OSU Hire System has posted over 1,000 internships?

Need to broaden your search beyond the 100+ on and off campus part-time jobs currently posted with Career Services? Browse through websites like Indeed or Even a simple Google search will surprise you.

Sidenote - If you really like a company and would love to work for them but can’t find a position listed, try sending them an email or giving them a call. Sometimes risk pays off.

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Get your resume ready to go

Make an appointment with Career Services before the semester is over to review your resume and get some tips. They have Walk-in Wednesdays until May 8, no appointment needed! There are more than 15 consultants to help you. From mock interviews and consultations to everything you ever need to know about a job. They can even give you major-specific websites to search for jobs and internships.

Another great tool for finding a job is NETWORKING

Talk to your family, friends, your professors, peers and previous employers. Any connection you may have could possibly lead to a great opportunity.

Now, get on it!

If you need more information on the job search, hop on over to Get a Headstart on Employment.

Go get ’em, Cowboys!

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