October can be a scary season for more reasons than just the ghosts and spiders. For many college students, now is the time when everything seems to be happening at once: classes are in full swing, midterms are quickly approaching, and club activities are in high gear. If that wasn’t enough, you are also seeing reminders that summer internships and job applications are open right now and you should be applying.
If you are feeling a bit spooked by everything going on, don’t worry too much. While there is a lot of activity, you don’t have to do it all. Prioritize your time and focus on the events, people, and opportunities that matter to you.
Below are some tips and tricks that can help you thrive during this spooky time:
👻 Take the Fear Out of Networking
Engaging with employers may seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. Employers who visit campus or host virtual events are truly interested in getting to know you. Even if you aren’t looking for a job, it’s a good idea to attend these events and hear exactly what they are looking for in candidates and how you can set yourself apart. Check out these resources and see which companies are coming to campus soon:
🧛 Put on Your Best (Interview) Costume
Some industries and companies are currently hiring for summer 2024 internships and jobs which means one thing – interviews! While a clown outfit might be good for Halloween, you may want to choose something a little less funny for interviews. Review these sources to put your best dressed foot forward:
- VIDEO: Dress for Success
- Vault Guide to Behavioral Interviews or Vault Guide to Case Interviews
- VIDEO: Introduction to StandOut Interview Prep
🍬 Make Your Resume a Treat
With all the activities you’ve been involved in this school year, it’s a good idea to update your resume. Did you join any new clubs, start an on-campus job, work on an intensive group project? All of those things could help you land a job. Take a look at these resources and make sure your resume is a treat for employers:
🎃 Carve Out Some Time for Yourself
This season doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! Taking time for yourself is an essential part of achieving success. Set aside some time to rest and reflect on your goals. What is most important to you right now? If you aren’t sure where to start, the career center also has resources to help: