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October 11, 2013 / Lucia Radder

A Post from the Intern: “Coffee Chats”

The best tip I can give college students/young job seekers is to utilize whatever resources your college provides you with, however minimal they may be. Maybe you have a listserv for your major that sends out daily or weekly emails. Do you actually read them? It could be that major-specific job positions will be in your inbox and you don’t even know it! What about your career centers social media pages or online webpage? I know a lot of other universities utilize these tools and they offer a great way to keep up-to-date on what they can provide you in terms of support, connections, and advice.

I have already mentioned career fairs as a way to get to know what is out there, but if you don’t feel like you got a true sense of what the company is all about, don’t worry! That’s normal. But the next step is to look into any opportunity that piqued your interest in any way. This means research them; find out what they do, and who they do it with; find out if you know anyone who has worked there and what their experience is; and look into if there are opportunities to make a personal connection with anyone there.

Here at Northwestern, certain companies set up “Coffee Chats” in order for students to get a chance to meet with individuals at specific companies, ask questions, and establish a relationship that can be the difference between getting the job and having your resume tossed away.

My advice: Look into what resources are available to you and use them!

Look for an upcoming post in which I will detail what the Northwestern career center offers, specifically, how I plan to use it, and how that applies to you, the job seeker!