Published: May 26, 2021

man writing in a notebookWhile searching for jobs or internships can feel challenging, there are 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’ll get emails when a new posting 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 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 application. This allows you to focus on adapting your resume and cover letter rather than starting from scratch each time. Learn more about writing resumes.

Once you submit your job application, start preparing for interviews. Begin with reviewing commonly asked questions and writing out your answers. Next, practice answering questions out loud. Work with a friend, family member or career development advisor who will provide helpful feedback. Knowing how to confidently talk about yourself and your experiences can set you apart from other candidates.

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’re a part of the Buff community. Whether you want to work at a specific company or in a certain field, the network of CU alumni can help. Join the Forever Buffs Network to start making connections.

Your family, friends, professors and supervisors can also be great resources. Reach out to let them know what you are looking for and how they may be helpful. They may be available for proofreading, or could 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 being held virtually and from companies around the globe.

As always, career development advisors are here to help you in your search. Learn more about getting started with Career Services.