Landing That Summer Job

With snow still on the ground and a chill still in the air, summer probably is far from your mind. But believe it or not, now’s the time to apply for warm-weather employment — that’s right, internships.

Now, you’ve probably heard all about the current financial crisis and resulting economic recession. And you probably know that companies around the globe are slashing budgets and downsizing workforces. There may be fewer internship opportunities, and it’s increasingly unlikely that you’ll land your dream job.

But it’s important to remember that in a recession, internships may be the saving grace for employers. If they have even a modicum of common sense, they will realize interns can bring in quality talent and get the same work done for less — an especially desirable trait at this point in time.

This is one of the reasons that, in the United Kingdom, government officials have been working to create a national program to encourage big companies to offer temporary employment to the 400,000 students due to graduate this summer, according to a Telegraph article.

So although it might be tough, you can get an internship in this economic downturn. Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Brush up your resume and work samples. Now’s the time to put your best foot forward. And don’t forget to include several references. Just be sure to consult with your references first to verify they are willing to recommend you.

2. Consider an online…



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