man writing in notebookEven though it may seem like no one is hiring in these uncertain times, there are still companies looking to fill open internships and jobs right now. While searching can feel challenging, there are some strategies to make it easier. Here are some tips to help you in your search.

Search more efficiently

Setting up saved searches on employment platforms can be a huge help with finding opportunities. For example, if you set up a saved search in Handshake, you will get emails when a new opportunity is added that meets your search criteria. This way, you won’t have to check Handshake daily or re-enter your search parameters each time. Many company employment pages and LinkedIn offer similar search capabilities.

If you don’t have a Handshake account set up yet, review these tips to help you complete your profile. 

Get organized

When you find a job posting that interests you, you’ll want to act quickly. Create a template resume with all of your experience, skills and accomplishments. This core document can be your starting point as you tailor your experience and examples for each job application. This can help you save time and focus more on adapting your resume and cover letter rather than starting from scratch each time. Learn more about writing resumes.

Once you submit your resume with a job application, start getting prepared to interview. A great way to prepare for an interview is to review commonly asked questions and practice your answers. Write out your responses, and practice out loud with a friend, family member or career development advisor who will provide helpful feedback. Knowing how to confidently talk about yourself and your work experience can set you apart from other candidates.

And like your resume, your LinkedIn profile will need to tell your professional story. 84% of recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates, and you’ll want to make sure your profile is complete and accurate. Think about each component of your profile and highlight your strengths. Check out these tips for optimizing your LinkedIn profile.

Connect with others

Even if it feels like you don’t have a professional network yet, you are already part of the Buff community. Whether you want to work at a particular company or break into a certain field, the network of CU alumni can help. LinkedIn is your strongest tool to make these connections.

Additionally, your family, friends, professors and supervisors are people who can be great resources for help with your search. Reach out to let them know what you are looking for and how they may be helpful. Whether they are available for proofreading or can connect you to a hiring manager with a great opportunity, it never hurts to ask.­

You can also find career events, workshops, panels, fairs and other opportunities to connect with others on Handshake. Many of these events are now being held virtually and from companies around the globe.

Meet with Career Services

Want to learn more job search strategies? Career Services is open for virtual visits over the summer via Zoom, phone or LiveChat on the Career Services website Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about virtual appointments and drop-in hours.