Just Keep Swimming

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Hopefully, everyone can remember the good old days watching Finding Nemo while sitting on the living room carpet. For me it seems like it was just yesterday that I was drawing stick figures, creating Lego towns and waiting for the newest Hannah Montana episode to come out. Years later, as a college freshman, these days are a little harder to come by and my hours spent designing mansions with plastic blocks are now spent working on trigonometry equations, taking videos for CJ classes and writing ten-page essays.

Although the adjustment isn’t exactly the easiest change I’ve made, it’s one that’s taught me a lot. Enrolling in college here at UWEC has quickly become my favorite accomplishment, and I hope after figuring out how to manage the workload, it will be yours too!

Coming back from spring break and walking into the dorms with the fresh smell of salt water and sunscreen on everyone’s suitcases was relaxing until we sat down and realized just how close we all are to heading back home for the summer and starting our jobs/internships. Here are a few helpful tips I have found to help get through the stress and get your dream position!

 

Keep a schedule when applying for jobs

The little gifts of paper called student planners are life savers. I don’t know what I would do without it. I have found that as soon as I write a plan down in a planner, it sticks better in my brain on my to-do list. When trying to apply to multiple companies at once, it is important to not get lost in your work and end up not applying for anything. Having a detailed schedule of things to do for each job will guarantee you don’t miss any application dates.

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Don’t procrastinate

I know this is easier said than done, but by getting ahead of the game now in the application process, you can talk to your employer in advance. You will feel more mentally and physically prepared instead of rushing at the last minute to get your application in.

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Go to Career Services (OL 2100)

Career Counselors can give you tips and tricks for the job process, applications, interviews, resumes and cover letters!

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Interview prep the night before

Pick out a professional outfit, iron the wrinkles and hang it up nicely. Pack your bag with your resume, padfolio, and extra business cards. Be prepared to ask your interviewer questions as well. Get to sleep at a reasonable time, and eat a good breakfast the next morning! You got this!

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Introduce yourself to professionals in the field

By introducing yourself to professionals in the company, people will remember your name in the selection process, this gives you an advantage over other applicants. Building a positive name for yourself in the company early on will only benefit you later on!

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Always check your contact information

By making sure you have the contact information you gave to the company readily available all of the time after the interview will guarantee that you don’t miss out on any calls from them pertaining to the position. If they aren’t able to reach you it could change their opinion on your communication skills!

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Leave time for relaxation

Last but not least, in the stress of looking for internships, leave time to relax. Making sure that you stay calm in the most stressful times shows the employer that you are able to balance a lot of work at once.

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In conclusion, applying for jobs and internships can be stressful at times, but by following a few simple steps you can manage your time wisely and have a lot of fun while doing it. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find time to watch some Disney Channel again.

For more information stop into the Internship Panel hosted by Career Services May 4, 2017 from 3:00pm-5:00pm in Schneider Hall 319 to gain insight from employers and past interns!

Thanks for reading and best of luck in the application process!

Sam 🙂

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