Find a Job or Internship

Before you can begin an effective job or internship search, you need to have a sense of what type of role you are seeking and what the hiring timelines are for those types of roles. Once you have those pieces of information, you can start to strategize your search.

You’ll also want to think about how to stay organized in your search, as it’s likely you will apply for many different roles at different times and it’s important to be able to keep track of where you are in the process with each application. We highly recommend that you keep applying for positions until you accept an offer, at which point you will want to withdraw your remaining active applications.

Search Strategies



It can feel daunting to launch a job or internship search, but the Career Center is here to help. Staying organized is key to the process and will help make your search feel less overwhelming. Consider selecting 2-3 of the strategies below to begin your search and then expand your approach from there.

 

Research target employers

Most job openings aren’t advertised broadly; instead, they’re posted on the organization’s website. Identify promising employers by checking the EagleLink employer directory, working your contacts, checking sites like The Vault and LinkedIn, and reading trade magazines. Then go to those employers’ websites to browse job openings.
 

Expand your network and work your contacts

By making professional connections through networking, you open the door to job opportunities that never get listed online. What’s more, networking helps you learn more about your chosen profession and identify promising employers. Not sure who to network with? You are part of a vast Boston College network that are eager to assist you; start by visiting Eagle Exchange to connect with alumni and others in the BC community. 

 

Attend career and internship fairs

Career and job fairs offer the opportunity to connect with multiple employers in one day. The Career Center sponsors multiple career fairs, along with a variety of major-specific events, throughout the year. We also encourage students to attend career fairs sponsored by other organizations. 

 

Explore opportunities specifically for Boston College students

Use EagleLink to discover jobs and internships listed exclusively for Boston College students and alumni.  In addition, the On-Campus Recruiting Program provides you with the opportunity to learn about a variety of employers and interview on-campus with their organizations.

Join a career cluster to learn more about upcoming opportunities that are relevant to your interests.

 

Explore external job boards, third-party recruiters, and employment agencies

Third-party recruiters and agencies can help you find work in virtually any industry or career field on either a full-time or contract basis.   

 

 

Organizing Your Search 



Most candidates apply for a number of job or internship positions. While we recommend keeping the number of applications in your search manageable, it’s important to stay organized. Following are some tips to help with organization:

 

Develop a Search Plan

We recommend including in this plan your target career field, ideal geographic location(s), ideal start date, what type of organization you are seeking in terms of size and culture. In addition, we encourage you to set goals for yourself as well as dates for achieving those goals.

 

Block of time for your search

We recommend including in this plan your target career field, ideal geographic location(s), ideal start date, what type of organization you are seeking in terms of size and culture. In addition, we encourage you to set goals for yourself as well as dates for achieving those goals.

 

Track your outreach and progress

Because you will likely be at different stages of the application process with various organizations at a given time, developing a process to keep track of all the details is key. Keep a spreadsheet, for example, that lists the organization, position title, links to the organization’s website and job description, date you submitted your application, date of follow up, date of interview(s), and other pertinent notes or details. See here for a sample tracking spreadsheet. 

 

Keep a folder of job descriptions

Online job descriptions can be removed from the web once they have been posted for a period of time and enough strong applications have been received. How will you prepare for an interview if you no longer have access to the job description? We recommend copying and pasting the text of the position description, including requirements and qualifications, into a separate document. Keep a Google folder (or similar) with clearly labeled documents for each position to which you applied.

 

Need help?

Make an appointment with a Career Coach. We look forward to helping you reach your goals.

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