I've never applied for a job before—how do I do it? How do I put together a résumé and cover letter? How can I be confident and polished for the interview? What kind of samples should I include in my portfolio?
- First, do some research. Find out what the company is all about. What is its mission statement? Who are its audiences? What kind of industries does it serve? Try to find out as much as you can so you can tailor your application materials to the organization.
- Follow the instructions posted in the job description you find. Provide the application materials the company asks for and resist the temptation to include pieces it doesn't request. Don't inundate the hiring manager or the administrative assistant with phone calls or email. When possible, turn in your material well ahead of deadline to demonstrate your interest in the position.
- Career Services, part of the Academic Discovery Center, offers free workshops and seminars in résumé and cover-letter preparation as well as mock job interviews. To take advantage of these free services, view Career Services' schedule and sign up via the Career Navigator. The Presentation Practice Center may also be able to help you prepare.
- Not sure what to include in a portfolio? First, consult any instructions you may have received from the company to which you're applying. Look at the work the company produces and see which of your work samples might correlate. Talk to contacts you might have inside the company and with professors for additional ideas. Make sure your work is polished and presented professionally.
Once you've received an offer from an organization, you are ready to apply for academic credit with the university.
|Academic Discovery Center: Career Services
|Academic Discovery Center: Internship Office
|Brother Joel Judkins, Communication Department Internship Coordinator
“Now is the best time to dream, to make your best guess about what you think you want to be. … The best way to find out whether you’re right is to try it.” —President Henry J. Eyring, Advancement Vice President at BYU-Idaho