The process of searching for a job or internship is long and often arduous (and can feel especially so this time of year, with the declining weather and short days).
That said, employers are looking for talent throughout the year, and many of our students secure opportunities after the new year. Many employers even prefer to hire students/soon-to-be graduates on an ad-hoc basis, approximately one or two months before they’ll be available.
The job search is a process of finding the right fit, and that may take time. You shouldn’t feel discouraged by some initial setbacks, nor obligated to accept the first offer you receive. Instead, accept the first offer than aligns with your values and priorities. (For more tips on negotiating and deciding on offers, check out a recording from last week’s workshop here.)
As you continue with the application process, here are a few strategies to avoid burnout:
SET SMALL GOALS
As with anything, successfully navigating the job-search process takes consistent, concentrated effort. Attempting to finish it all in one fell swoop will leave you overwhelmed. Instead, set out incremental goals that, in total, will result in securing a professional opportunity. For example, start by committing to 30 minutes of researching jobs and companies each day. The next week, focus those 30 minutes each day on drafting your application materials and iterating. Keeping your goals manageable will give you a steady stream of momentum.
Slide from Mingling for Introverts Workshop (recording).
AUTOMATE YOUR SEARCH
As iSchool students, you know technology can make our lives more efficient. This applies to job searching, too. Whether you’re looking on iCareers, Handshake, or any other job board, you can set up email alerts for job postings that include specific keywords. Websites like Handshake are also helpful in that once you upload a resume, contacts can reach out to you even before you apply for a specific opportunity (depending on the site, you may need to opt in to this feature). Note that this approach will require you to craft a more general resume, but it can save considerable time.
KEEP DOCUMENTATION READILY AVAILABLE.
Keep copies of all cover letters, resumes, references (and so on) you submit, with file names that are easy for you to locate. Being able to quickly consult these in the future will save you from having to start from scratch for each new application. Don’t forget, though, that you’ll still want to do some tinkering to customize your application materials for the specific job in question.
You may also want to save copies of job descriptions. It’s possible a position may no longer be posted by the time you interview, but you’ll want to consult the JD in your preparation.
MAKE TIME FOR FUN
While it might not intuitively sound productive, taking time to de-stress and do something enjoyable will reenergize you, giving you increased focus when you return to the job search. Some suggestions:
- Grab coffee with a friend
- Take a class or play basketball at the IMA
- Read, draw, write, take pictures
- Explore a new part of Seattle
It doesn’t need to be for a long time — even just half an hour of leisure during an extended period of searching job listings or writing resumes can help you cultivate a more refreshed, positive outlook.
These are just a few strategies for staying motivated during application season. For more on the subject, consider this Muse article.
And if you have specific questions related to burnout (or anything else related to jobs/internships!), be sure to join our AMA: Jobs & Internships workshop next Monday, 6:00 – 7:00pm, on Zoom.
iSchool: More info and registration via iCareers
(Missed a workshop? You can always review our recorded sessions online.)
- 11/14: Puget Sound Energy iLounge Hangout; 9:00 – 11:00am, MGH 416
- 11/19: Ask Me Anything: Jobs & Internships; 6:00 – 7:00pm, Online
UW Career & Internship Center
- 11/14: eBay InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
- 11/15: Values Identificaiton and Application Workshop for Graduate Students; 2:30 – 4:00pm, MGH 136
- 11/16: Internship Search for Transfer Students; 10:30 – 11:30am, Online
- 11/19: Interviewing Lab; 3:30 – 4:30pm, MGH 134
- 1/24/19: Science and Technology Showcase; 4:00 – 8:30pm, PCAR
Event hosted by Buerk Center + SEBA. Apply by Jan. 4 here.
POSITIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
- Student Assistant – Computing & Information Support, UW Office of Academic Personnel; Handshake
- Cyber Security Engineer Intern, Honeywell; Handshake
- Interaction Design Intern, Punchcut; Handshake
- Summer Intern – Information Technology, PACCAR; Handshake
- Archival and Database Records Management Internship, Seattle Symphony Library; iCareers ID 8220
- Full Stack Engineer, Xcalar; Handshake
- User Experience Designer, University of Washington; iCareers ID 8221
- Librarian, Western Washington University; iCareers ID 8198