It may seem early to be thinking about searching for internships or jobs, but starting your search now has many benefits. You can feel more prepared to attend spring career fairs, and you’ll be able to act quickly when you find the right opportunity. Here are three on-demand tools you can use to find internship and job postings, create your resume and feel confident with interviewing.

blank laptop screenFind job and internship opportunities with Handshake

The best place for Buffs to find internship and entry-level job postings is through Handshake. As your free one-stop shop for starting your career journey, Handshake is CU Boulder’s online recruiting tool used by thousands of employers. 

How to make the most of Handshake:

  • Complete your profile. Just like on LinkedIn, you are much more likely to get noticed on Handshake if you have a completed and public profile. Follow these steps for setting up your Handshake profile.
  • Set up saved searches. With saved searches, you’ll receive emails when positions are posted that meet your search criteria. This can help so you don’t have to log in every time you want to look for jobs or internships. Better yet, you can learn about new opportunities and companies regularly.
  • Check out events posted by employers. These range from workshops on coding skills to information sessions on companies and stories from past interns and employees. 

Create a strong resume with VMock

As you update your resume for different applications, use VMock to get instant feedback and make improvements. This free online resume-review tool uses data science, machine learning and natural language processing to provide personalized feedback. And it’s designed to work with resumes from many different fields across various industries. 

How to make the most of VMock:

  • Upload your resume. If you don’t have a resume started yet, you can also build one with step-by-step instructions in VMock.
  • Review feedback. Enhance and edit your resume using the feedback and score provided. Then, you can re-upload your resume to see if your score improves.
  • Optimize your LinkedIn profile. Like your resume, your LinkedIn profile will need to tell your professional story. Use VMock’s Aspire tool to review and strengthen your profile.

Prepare for interviews with InterviewPrep

Interviewing is a skill that you can build. Regular practice and preparation will allow you to master this skill over time, and feel confident when the time comes to interview with a potential employer. Interview Prep is a digital tool that helps you practice and evaluate your interviewing skills virtually. Once you select your questions, you record yourself answering them and review your answers to evaluate how well you did.

How to make the most of Interview Prep:

  • Review and evaluate your interview. You can take note of not only the verbal answer you shared, but your body language and facial expressions as well.
  • Practice anytime, anywhere. Whether you have an interview scheduled or just want to feel prepared when the time comes, Interview Prep is available 24/7.
  • Get additional tips. Interview Prep offers webinars with more pointers to help you feel more confident with interviewing.

For more tips, check out programs and workshops from Career Services. These free workshops will share best practices for resumes, making progress in your job search and more.