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1. Ask someone who knows you well and who will be able to discuss in specific detail what distinguishes you and why you are a strong candidate.
– Be sure to ask: “Do you feel you know me and my abilities well enough to write a strong letter of recommendation for this application?” You’ve now given the professor the opportunity to decline gracefully. If the answer is “no,” don’t push. This inquiry may be done via email-if you already have an established relationship with the potential recommender.
2. Request letters well in advance of the application deadline. Two to four weeks is often adequate, but it is often helpful to consult with the recommender to see how much time they prefer. Doing so is especially important for letters for major fellowships and for letters that need to be written over the summer.
3. Schedule an appointment with your recommenders to discuss the position/scholarship/school, its selection criteria, your most recent and commendable activities, and to suggest what each letter-writer might emphasize. (You may want to let your recommenders know who your other recommenders are, so that they can write letters that complement rather than repeat one another.)
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Though many students look forward to getting a break from school during the summer, those ten weeks aren’t necessarily just for relaxing. In fact, the summer can be a great time to gain experience in your field of interest and to make some money to help pay for expenses during the school year. Because the summer can offer so many great opportunities to further your education outside the classroom, it may seem imperative to land that “perfect” summer job or internship in order to get what you need from your college experience. This may make the prospect of filling the summer with something productive (and maybe even fun) daunting for some, especially when you’re supposed to do so while dealing with the stress of school work.
Well, fear not – below are some tips compiled from various sources for college students who may want great summer jobs but don’t know where to start looking.
1. Visit Career Services. Yes, of course, I had to start with this one – but that’s only because the folks at Career Services can offer you a ton of support while you’re finding, applying to, and carrying out your summer job or internship. Attend sessions of the “Internship 101” and “Resume and Cover Letter Writing” seminars so you can get the skills you need to begin applying. And, as always, you can make appointments to see Career Advisors or Career Assistants and come in during Drop In Hours whenever you have questions. Check out LUworks for more info.
2. Tap Your Network. They say it’s not what you do but who you know that gets you ahead. Personally, I’d like to think it’s a little bit of both – but there’s no denying that one of the best ways to find job opportunities is by talking with people you know. Start with your family, friends, professors, and contacts in the field you’re interested in. If you’ve already got something in mind, tell them. They may have suggestions and know people you can contact for more information.
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Have you created your LUworks profile yet?
Created with you in mind, LUworks will help you find a job or internship by enabling you to:
- Manage multiple resumes, cover letters, and other employment related documents
- Search for and apply for employment opportunities online
- View and RSVP for career events
- Maintain an online Personal Calendar
For easy access to the website, click the picture to the left and then the “LUworks Student/Alum Login” logo.
Questions? Please contact Career Services at (920) 832-6561 or email email@example.com.
Summer Prep: Get Ready for Internship and Employment Opportunities
If you find yourself cut off from campus resources, unemployed, or just plain bored this summer, you may feel as if there is nothing you can do to help increase your chances of getting that ideal job or internship in the future. In reality, the summer is a great time to start getting materials together and for making sure you are well prepared when job or internship opportunities present themselves. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for the application process:
– Identify your current educational and professional goals. Doing this can help you determine what you hope to get from an internship or job, and may help to guide your search for positions in the future.
– Get working on your résumé. Check out the Career Center’s website at http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/student_dean/career/resume/ for written information and watch the video at http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/student_dean/career/video/pages/resume_video.shtml. And, even if you are not sure about how to perfectly format a résumé or what exactly to include, creating of list of your experiences and what you learned from each can be extremely useful when you put together a more formal version of your résumé in the future. Continue reading Summer Prep: Get Ready for Internship and Employment Opportunities
Have you secured an internship but haven’t registered it yet? Register your summer internship with the Career Center and be eligible for prizes!
Date: Monday, April 25, 2011
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: WCC – second floor, table near mailboxes
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: WCC – second floor, table near mailboxes
Or, Register your internship online.
Have you secured an internship? Register it with the Career Center by visiting our Register Your Internship page and get your name on our Brag Board! While you’re there, check out what other LU students are up to!
Also, once you’ve registered your internship, you’ll receive information, tips, and support from the Career Center throughout your experience.