Finding Summer Internships and Full-Time Work

The semester is beginning to wrap up, and as a graduating student my biggest concern has been finding a job. I made the decision to go straight into my master's after my undergrad, so over the next four months my goal was to work and save as much as I can.

While it started out rough, things are finally looking up! I have a few interviews scheduled, and I hoping to land something to start after classes end. In case you're like me, I have some tips to share from my experience thus far.

1. Spend time on your resume

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One thing that really helped me was reviewing the experiences on my resume, and tailoring them for each specific job I applied to. I made sure to include the skills they were looking for, and ensured the descriptions of my previous positions showcased what I learned from each role.

As a Health Studies student here at U of T, the class that helped me the most with this was HST350: Health Research & Practice, one of the assignments was to review and edit our resumes!

You can also check out, Career Exploration & Education here at U of T, they offer career advising appointments in which you can get your resume and cover letter's looked over!

2. Utilize LinkedIn to your best ability

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You will hear this so many times throughout undergrad...but spend time with your LinkedIn! LinkedIn is basically a virtual resume, and you can find yourself showing up in job recruiters searches and build a great network. You can also message people who are in the field you are going into, or people with your academic background. 

I recently messaged someone who did their master's abroad in the UK and came back to Canada to do her Ph.D. I was so concerned about my chances of success she was able to answer all my questions about the process and how to make myself a successful candidate.

3. Apply everywhere!

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Experience doesn't pay the bills, so I applied to every job that remotely applied to the previous work experience that I have. My goal is to save money, not kickstart my career, so I've applied to anywhere that will aid my goal.

Another great thing about LinkedIn? You tailor the job searches to help you find jobs based off your goals whether it's to kickstart your career or just get a full-time position.

Screenshot of a job search on LinkedIn, showing a position listed for "Donor Relations and Program Data Coordinator"
LinkedIn Job Search Page

4. Utilize Campus Resources

There are so many supports here at the university that can help you in your job search! Here a few that I have found really useful or will be trying next:

Hopefully, these tips and resources can help you! Best of luck on the job search everyone!

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