When should MBA, masters, and undergraduate students start seeking internships for next summer? TODAY! Yes, today. Our MBA students here at Texas A&M University have officially started classes as of yesterday, and they are already preparing for a busy year of academics and the internship search. While you may not formally apply for or interview for internships until later this fall or spring semester, the search actually must begin immediately. With every business professional you meet, business article you read, event you attend, job search document you begin writing, you are engaging in the job search.
It is no secret that we are in an age where networking is the number one path to securing employment. Building professional relationships takes time, and our collegiate job seekers are finding themselves building these relationships through organizational involvement and online connections. LinkedIn and Twitter have become key resources used for bridging the gap between key hiring managers and job seekers. Let’s face it, the entire dynamic of the job search is changing from a push to a pull technique. Job candidates are introducing their resumes as opposed to the resumes introducing the candidate. This takes time. As I always say, the job search is a process not a task. And a professional job search in this economy is a longer process than usual.
Begin preparing your job search documents today! Begin researching job functions, career paths, companies and industries today! Begin meeting business professionals and becoming engaged in organizations where these professionals get their professional development today! The time to begin your job search and career management is TODAY!