Stephen F. Austin State University

Job & Internship Search

Helpful Career Videos

Click here to view Job Searching 101.

You've Got the Skills

Career preparation, readiness, and work based learning opportunities should be of great interest to you because they are to the employers. We constantly hear about the skills gap that exists for colleges students as they transition from college to the workplace. Employers expressed that they just haven't been overly satisfied with the pool of candidates/graduates.

Click here to view a video on how to reduce the skills gap that employers complain about.

Now you just have to get started. Here are some helpful resources to help you get started!
Job Search Plan of Action - This checklist will help you plan out the process of searching for a job.
Job Tracking Worksheet - This worksheet is a helpful document you can use to track the jobs you are interested, apply to and interview for. This way you will keep all these jobs straight.

Employers rank the desired skills in a college grad: communication, analytical, technical, teamwork skills, and strong work ethic.

Finding a Job

Where do you begin?

It may be a bit trite but it is nonetheless true that you should 'begin with the end in mind'. Many things pertinent to this process seem elementary but are essential to a comprehensive job search strategy. Understand that you are not alone in this process. It is evident that graduates find rewarding careers each year and many begin this process utilizing the resources provided by their colleges and universities. Understand that persistence and commitment to accomplishing a goal pays off. This same resolute focus will bring many dividends when applied to the job search process.

Get Organized

Writing a résumé or a cover letter, preparing for interviews and follow-up interviews, and negotiating salaries and benefits are priorities that need close attention to detail. The more organized your job search process, the more prepared you will feel when walking into an interview. There are some helpful worksheets on the right you can download. You can also receive job search, interviewing, and résumé tips following the links on the left.

7 Steps to Job Search Success

Seek out employers, do not sit back and wait. Chances are they will not come seek you out. Employers want to see initiative from their candidates. So, show some initiative and SEEK!

1. Use SFA CCPD Services early and often!

2. Create a wish list of companies for which you would like to work

3. Utilize social media to find and reach out to hiring managers at your target companies

4. Start talking to people; don't just submit your applications online, follow up via conversation with a "real" person

5. Keep a written record of all the companies you applied for jobs at, when and who you followed up with via phone

6. Leverage technology (effective online research tools) in conjunction with your professional documents

7. Be informed and realistic; have a solid understanding of your brand (skills, qualities, etc) and sell it well

Visit NACE Job Outlook, to learn more valuable information about job searching. For more information about job searching, visit our Job Search page.

5 steps to finding an Internship

Finding the internship of your dreams will be a cinch if you follow these six steps to success:

1. Identify your strengths, interests, motivations, goals, priorities and values

2. Research industries, occupations and organizations (O*Net, LinkedIn, company website, informational interviews)

3. Create or update professional documents (résumé, cover letter, references page)

4. Devise an effective internship search strategy (Jobs4Jacks, internship.com, your professional & personal network)

5. Execute your internship search and follow up

For in depth information about each of these steps, download the printable document Finding an Internship. For more information about internships, visit our Lumberjack Internship Program page.

Use the F.I.A. Approach

Find:

Identify people and/or companies for whom you would like to work

Interact:

Connect with those people via social networks and through private contact. Demonstrate your knowledge and be helpful to them

Ask:

Ask (directly or indirectly) if those people can help you get a job, or if they can put you in contact with someone who can