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5 Ways to Find a Position Other than Applying Online

Posted by Shelley Tyler Smith, Catawba College Director of Internships

March 28, 2018

Category: Staff Blogs


By Shelley Tyler Smith, Catawba College Director of Internships

The process for finding internships and jobs can be grueling. It is time consuming, takes an immense amount of detail, and the wait to hear back from a potential employer can seem like a life time.  However, when you secure a quality position you will learn that it was well worth the hard work.   

Following are five ways to find a position other than applying online:

  1. STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER - Not everything can be done on the Internet. While applying online is easier, it is important that you learn the power of developing a solid network.  Research people in your local area that are working in a field that interest you.  Ask them if you can do an informational interview. While this is not an interview for an actual job it will give you the chance to speak with someone in your field of interest. There is no guarantee that a position may come from an informational interview, but it will assist you with developing a network, and may afford you the opportunity to job shadow or complete a short externship.

  2. CREATE YOUR OWN position- Sometimes your dream position hasn’t been created yet. A lucrative company may not have an internship program because they may not know they need one. Send an email, or try to connect with someone who works within the company. Ask them if they would be interested in hiring an intern. Be sure to advise them on how you can contribute to their company, what  you would like to do, and make a case to show how much your assistance will benefit them in the long run.

  3. TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED- Is there a restaurant, or food truck you frequent?  How about a small boutique, family owned pharmacy or art gallery?  Get to know the owners and ask questions. Ask if they have jobs or internships and how you may be able to assist them with their needs. For assistance on how to do that go back to step 2.

  4. BE SOMEONE PEOPLE WANT TO HIRE- I know students get tired of hearing about the importance of having a clean social media presence. But, it really is important. “Venting” online about your professors, friends, or any difficult situation, tells an employer that you may do the same when faced with challenges at work. Make sure all of your pages are private (this still doesn’t make you undetectable), and then Google your name to ensure that you are represented in the best light.

  5. UTILIZE YOUR RESOURCES- I recently met with a student who told me about her interest in interning in New York City. This student was hardworking, a go getter, and an excellent representation of Catawba College. I have very close friend who works for a large agency, and introduced them.  While I can’t guarantee a position will come out of the introduction, I was able to assist the student with expanding her network.  Ask your professors for insight on where you should look for jobs, READ YOUR EMAILS as we send an abundance of resources, and be sure to sign up for Catawba’s job database Purple Briefcase. Jobs are posted there often.

While none of these opportunities guarantee a job, using this in addition to applying online can only increase your chances of being hired.  Remember there are jobs and opportunities all around us. Continue to work hard, present yourself in a professional manner, and the sky is the limit.


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