Q: How do I find a job?
A: Handshake is Georgia State University’s job board where you can find full-time, part-time, internships and co-ops. There, you can get ready to apply by working on your resume using Optimal Resume, showcasing your work in Portfolium and researching the job options with “What Can I Do With This Major?” and O*NET—the Department of Labor’s report on jobs and future of industries.
Q: How do I get a job without experience?
Make sure to include the transferable skills classes, projects, organization involvement and leadership experiences on your resume. For example, if you were part of a volunteer activity, you learned about teamwork and communication. If you are practicing skills in your classes, these can be listed on you resume as well. Come talk to us during drop-in hours or set up an appointment for help getting started.
Q: When should I start looking for a job?
A: Try to get experience early like year two or three by doing a co-op or internship. Plan on needing up to several months to find the right opportunity. Be prepared to apply be having an up-to-date resume and a good cover letter. Need help? Just ask.
Q: When should I do an internship/co-op?
A: You can start looking as soon as your come to Georgia State, but most students should be looking seriously year two and three. Plan early- it can take several months to locate an internship.
Q: How do I get credit for my internship?
A: Every department that offers credit for an internship has different requirements and procedures. Get in touch with your department to learn about them. Remember to give yourself time to do everything needed in advance of the actual experience.
Q: I haven’t heard back about my application. What should I do?
A: Unfortunately, you might never hear from an employer, particularly one that receives a lot of applications. It’s fine to follow up in a couple of weeks, but you might need to look at other options.
Q: I have multiple offers, what should I do?
A: Look at the entire compensation packages—for example, you might get a higher salary, but you might need to live in a very expensive area or perhaps you don’t have as much vacation—and think about what is the best option for you. Consider the entire package, the working circumstances and if this has options for your long-term goals.