How To Position Yourself For Job Placement1 April 2015
As a student, you have a wealth of opportunities available to you that can help position you for job placement. There are some great ways to bolster your resume as a student and get the edge on other potential job applicants in your field. Here are our suggestions on how to get work experience before you graduate.
Internship or Externship
For some programs, internships can be done for class credit. Even if you don’t need an internship for class credit, it’s a good way to get some experience in your field. There are a range of options when it comes to internships, so you can usually find one that fits your schedule. Internships can be done while in school, or right after school. Pioneer Pacific College has several programs that utilize an externship that place our students in a real-world working environment. Some of our programs that include an externship include: medical assisting degree and diploma, paralegal or legal assistant degree, legal studies degree, criminal justice degree, and our pharmacy technician diploma.
Sometimes, companies in your industry will have volunteer positions available that you can do in the summer. Or, there are plenty of students and community organizations to become involved in. You can serve on a board of an organization, or even start an organization of your own!
Awards and Scholarships
There are often awards and scholarships available to current college students. These can be offered through the school, or through the community. Do a search to find scholarship availability in your field and apply for as many as you can. Not only does this look great on a resume, it also saves you some extra money on tuition. Pioneer Pacific College offers 13 scholarships for high school seniors. To learn more about these scholarships, please visit our 2015 High School Scholarship page.
Utilize Social Platforms
LinkedIn is a great tool you can use to stay connected to classmates, professors and acquaintances in your industry. It’s also a great way to search opportunities and make new connections with professionals who might be able to provide valuable insight to job searches. Many companies will post jobs to LinkedIn and look up your profile if you apply, so keep everything up to date.
Starting a blog is a great way to use social media to your advantage as a student. Create a blog and write about topics that are popular in your industry to demonstrate your expertise, interest, and motivation.
Have References Ready
Be sure to have quality references ready for when you start applying for your jobs. You should have 3-5 people ready to recommend you. Try to have at least one reference who is an expert in your industry. If you don’t have any references in your field, ask one of your professors if they would be willing to vouch for you.
Use Your Resources
As a student, you have a lot of resources available to you. Stay connected with classmates and professors, as they may know of opportunities they can share with you. Ask your professor for advice on getting experience in their industry, they’re the experts!
At Pioneer Pacific, we have a Career Services department that offers one-on-one search assistance to students and graduates. The department also offers a professional development course that helps prepare you for success by providing tips on goals and job searching, resume and cover letter prep, and interviewing and networking tips. Contact Career Services if you have any questions or need more advice on what you can do as a student to gain experience in your industry.