Follow Your Direction
Searching for an internship or job requires time, persistence, patience, organization, the ability to bounce back from disappointment, and the confidence to negotiate an appropriate salary and benefits.
We will help you develop your search plan and move through the application process, up to and including negotiating an offer. Whether this is your first search for a summer job between academic years, an effort to gain experience and connect your classroom knowledge with your chosen profession during an internship, or a change of career after being in the workforce for many years, we are here to support you.
Finding Your Direction During COVID-19
Are you wondering if it is worth looking for a job or internship during the COVID-19 pandemic? The answer is yes! And we are here to help you make your impact.
Career Services staff has reached out to numerous employers who have attended our Career and Internship Fairs. Our aim is to assess what businesses and organizations are hosting interns, and recruiting full and part-time employees. This document will be updated occasionally.
As a job or internship seeker during COVID-19, here are a few additional things you should keep in mind:
- Keep Applying - Employers are still hiring, especially essential industries. Pro tip: Sort jobs by most recent dates in your searches.
- Network - Optimize your LinkedIn profile and identify key contacts of interests. Then, request informational interviews.
- Work on your application documents - Craft your resume and cover letter. Did you know we offer resume and cover letter help? Email us at Careers@NorthernVermont.edu.
- Skill Up - Identify key skills and find free resources online to enhance your skill set.
- Create a digital presence - Use this time to clean up your social media accounts and beef up your LinkedIn page. Additionally, you can create a portfolio on College Central Network at www.CollegeCentral.com/NorthernVermont.
- Be Flexible - These are unprecedented times, and employers are navigating these changes too. Keep in mind that offers may take longer than normal, so be patient.
- Stay Positive - This too shall pass. For now, stick with your routine, connect with others, and exercise often
Organizing the Search
Keep a detailed list of the positions to which you are applying and the details of the application process by creating and maintaining a table, database, or spreadsheet. Be sure to keep track of which version of your resume and cover letter were used so that you know which documents you sent to each organization, the dates you applied, and the last time you contacted the organization.
Looking for Internships
One of the best ways to gain experience and establish yourself in a field is to participate in an internship—or, even better, many internships! And the sooner you start, the better—no need to wait until your senior year. We can help you explore your options and plan your experiences.
- For information on internships, please see our main internship page at https://www.northernvermont.edu/academics/support/careers-and-internships
- At Johnson, talk to your faculty advisor or Director of Career Development, Beth Walsh, 802.635.1377 or Beth.Walsh@NorthernVermont.edu.
- At Lyndon, talk to Director of Career Services, Amy Wright, 802.626.6441 or Amy.Wright@NorthernVermont.edu.
Negotiating your Salary
Another way we can help is to assist you in identifying an appropriate salary and preparing for a professional and respectful negotiation. Experience in the field gives you leverage when negotiating higher offers, and recent graduates (or those new to the field) don’t always have much experience. Here is a helpful article about “6 Things You Need to Figure Out Before You Negotiate Salary”.
That being said, depending on the offer, there may be some room to negotiate. The best course of action when negotiating is to be very prepared and organized. Do the research required to know the salary range for the position in your location and consider a counteroffer of 10-20% more than the offer.
Great Places to Start Your Employment Search
- Discover, and regularly check your favorite online job search sites
- Contact friends and family
- Use the membership directory in the local Chamber of Commerce website
- Peruse local and online newspapers
- Attend as many career fairs as you can
- Ask Beth or Amy for a list of sites that focus on your area of interest
Favorite Job Sites
- www.schoolspring.com: Public school jobs
- www.indeed.com: National job postings
- www.7dspot.com: VT jobs, mainly Chittenden County and surrounding areas
- www.idealist.com: Social justice/non-profit
- www.ziprecruiter.com: Search hundreds of job sites at once
- www.backdoorjobs.com: Short-term job adventures
- www.ecojobs.com: Environmental career opportunities
- www.resortjobs.com: Worldwide resort jobs
- sustainablefoodjobs.wordpress.com/: Sustainable food jobs
- www.mountainjobs.com: Ski industry jobs, summer jobs, seasonal and full-time
- www.jobsinsports.com: Sports jobs and internships
- www.military2career.com: The leading military veteran professional network
- www.journalismjobs.com: Jobs in journalism
- www.vermontjoblink.com/ada: Jobs in Vermont
- www.biologyjobs.com: Careers in biology, conservation, and oceanography
- www.coolworks.com: Jobs in great places
- https://www.outwardbound.org/blog/how-to-land-a-job-in-the-outdoors/: Landing a job in the outdoors
- https://teachearlychildhood.org/: Browse hundreds of accredited ECE programs