After returning from a trip to Las Vegas (you probably saw photos on Instagram), I got a chance to catch up on some emails. Here’s a question we received in our inbox that I think is worth sharing…
Hi PR Girls,
First and foremost, thank you for all of your wonderful and beyond helpful posts. I have a quick question regarding getting my name out there. I am currently a senior in college, graduating this upcoming spring. While it may be too early to respond to job inquires online, is it appropriate to send my cover letter and resume to firms, informing them of my interest in the company and upcoming graduation?
Thank you again!
This is a great question that applies to all seniors in college. We all know it’s definitely better to be early than late when it come to applying for jobs and internships.
One way to get ahead of the game would be to do as you just suggested – reach out to the company you are interested in. Introduce yourself and explain your situation. Express your interest in the company (give specific details as to why) and don’t be afraid to ask when the best time would be to reach back out to them for a full-time position. This shows that not only are you proactive, but you think ahead.
Now is also the time for you to schedule an informational interview. This is the best way to learn more about the company, the day-to-day and what you could expect working there. The key to reaching out to a company you’re interested in is having the right contact. Don’t be afraid to pick-up the phone and ask who to reach out to for an informational interview or who to get in touch with about upcoming open positions.
Best of luck!