How To Use Social Media to Find Internships
“…The people who are going to get the jobs have internships,”–President Freeman Hrabowski
Whether you’re a first year college student or a senior ready to graduate, one fact holds –you will need to find a job. The more you think about it the more panicked you get. You’ll have thoughts and questions such as the following:
“All of my friends that graduated before me couldn’t find a job. What will make me any different?”
“I applied for my dream job/a job with my dream company and they say I don’t have the experience. How am I supposed to get experience if I can’t get hired?”
How indeed. Focus on the positive! The answer to all of your questions? One word—Internship.
Whether you are paid or unpaid, an internship offers a multitude of opportunities. After you’ve applied the 5 Essential Principles of Building a Personal Brand and the 3 Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Online Brand it’s time to put your studying into practice!
Focusing on the power of social media. Here is how you can find the internship that is going to make you stand out with experience, connect you with your field and land you with that dream job/company. It will benefit you greatly to use social media to find internships.
Your go-to social media platform for building your professional network—so many options! Start with the drop down menu next to the search box. Click “jobs” then search “internship”. You will then get to the results page where you can further narrow your search. Wait! If you’re new, make sure your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete.
Quite down the noisy chat room that is Twitter with #Hashtags! Enter #internship into the Twitter search bar and watch the opportunities come up. Want to narrow your search? Visit search.twitter.com, click “advanced search” and get specific with it. But not too specific…sometimes you have to go away to come back.
“We have to teach students that sometimes you have to move from an area to find what you really want. Even if you have to come back to that area.” –Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Oh yea, you didn’t know you could find jobs/internships with Facebook did you. Time to Branchout! Similar to LinkedIn, Branchout uses your existing network to help you find jobs. That’s right. Your friend listed as “Acquaintance” may just be your ticket to an opportunity!
Now go land that dream job!
If you put together a clear strategy and give it a strong effort there is no reason why you won’t be able to use social media to find internships.
Companies want to help college students, but college students need to first help themselves.