Spring Break Career Jumpstart

Spring break is almost here! This is a good time to take a break from studying, catch up on sleep, and re-energize for the last half of the semester. With a little more free time in their schedule, some students may want to use spring break to work on their job or internship search. Below are some tips to jumpstart your search over the break:

Get Organized

The job/internship search can get overwhelming quickly – reviewing postings, updating documents, sending out applications, and emailing recruiters – it can be hard to keep track of it all. Review what you have already done. Are there any follow-up emails you can send? What deadlines are coming up? Create a spreadsheet or tracking system so that you can stay on track once classes start again.

Switch it Up

How many applications have you submitted? 10? 30? 50?! Applying to jobs is NOT a numbers game, there is no “right” number of applications. If you have been sending out dozens of resumes with little response, it’s time to reassess your strategy.

  • Consider sending a cover letter along with your resume to help distinguish yourself.
  • Instead of using generic search boards like Indeed and Monster.com, use industry specific sites like engineerjobs.com, computerwork.com, or EngineeringCentral.
  • Try using different keywords. Words like “engineer”and “computer science” are broad and will bring back all types of positions, not necessarily ones that are a good match for you. Topic areas (artificial intelligence, renewable energy, chemicals), skills (design, analyze, survey), and tools (Java, CAD, HTML) can all be used as search terms.

Talk to Someone

At some point in your search it’s good to move offline and find a person to connect with. Find an alumni in your area with similar interests or an interesting background to set up an informational interview. Remember, you are NOT asking them to get you a job or internship. This is an opportunity to get feedback on your resume or cover letter, gain insight about the company or industry, and get new ideas about how you can gain the experience and skills to succeed in the field. Review this guide on informational interviewing for more tips.

Also remember that it is okay to take a break from job/internship search. After a week away you can come back with a new perspective and renewed energy. The SEAS Careers Office will have walk-in appointments during the break if you have questions:

  • Tuesday, March 13th, 2-4 PM
  • Thursday, March 15th, 1-3 PM
By Kendra Northington
Kendra Northington Senior Career Counselor Kendra Northington