By: Amber McCraw, Assistant Director of Career Services, School of Communications
As the Spring semester starts, our iMedia students are reminded how close graduation actually is and the reality that the job search process is going to soon start. With their course load and capstone projects filling up their schedule, we encourage them to get an early start and set aside time to devote to it throughout the semester. Below is a check list of things to remember and work on throughout the process.
- Update your resume with relevant course work, software and equipment skills, fly-in projects, and any freelance work completed since the start of the program.
- Create a cover letter draft to be edited and used as a base for applications that describes your relevant experiences and career goals.
- Update your online portfolio with samples of your work from courses, the fly-in experience, and other projects.
- Create or update your LinkedIn profile with your experiences and a custom URL. Use LinkedIn to reach companies and connect with alumni from Elon and your undergraduate institution.
- Make an appointment with the Assistant Director of Career Services for the School of Communications (Me) to have your materials reviewed before beginning the application process.
- Craft a list of cities you have an interest in moving to and start to make a list of companies in each of those cities that you would like to work for.
- Attend the Spring Job & Internship Expo on Thursday, March 2nd in Alumni Gym from 2:00-5:30 pm to network with the 80 employers who will be in attendance. Download the free Career Fair Plus App to see who is attending.
- Add the Elon Com-Advisor as a friend on Facebook to stay up to date with daily job announcements .
- Search for opportunities on the Elon Job Network. This is an exclusive database just for Elon students and alumni. These employers specifically want Elon talent.
- Schedule a mock interview to practice speaking about your skills and experiences as they relate to the job you have applied for.
- Let me know once you have accepted a position!
It is an exciting time for our students as they both finish up their time at Elon and prepare for their time after Elon. The SPDC and SoC have great resources to assist in the process. We are so proud of the great work they have completed and can’t wait to hear as the job offers roll in.