It’s the first week of April (already), meaning it’s time to be aggressively searching for that perfect summer internship or job upon graduation. One of the most common questions we receive is how we found our jobs. The answer from me is simple – online. Beyond looking at individual company websites, there were a few job “search engines” that helped me find exactly what I was looking for and can help you find an internship or entry-level position.
1. Indeed.com – Referred to me by a friend, this was one of the most useful search platforms for finding open positions. It’s pretty much like Google, typing in “public relations” + the job title you are looking for (intern, account coordinator, assistant/junior account executive) or a speciality (fashion, entertainment, consumer etc.) will pull up all listings on other job search sites and company sites.
2. Monster.com – This seems cliche, but Monster was actually how I found the internship that lead to the job I have now. One perk of Monster is that it allows you to set up a profile with your resume. Take advantage of this and keep your profile updated, but don’t rely on it solely because it does not allow for much customization.
Trick I Used – If you see a job listing on Monster, go to the company website and find an email address to send your resume (typically to an HR contact) instead of simply submitting through Monster. This allows you to customize your resume and cover letter instead of using the same one for every job opening.
3. MediaBistro.com – A primary tool for media professionals, MediaBistro is a great job platform for those interested in journalism, TV, radio, graphic design, advertising, public relations and much more. It’s free to sign-up and you can use “scoop jobs” to receive alerts when job titles you are interested in become available.
Note that these are just a few of the sites that you can take advantage of. Are there any other sites you find helpful?