Last minute job search strategies

Posted: May 10, 2012

Have you put off your search for a summer internship? Are you graduating in June but have yet to apply for any career positions? Have you recently started applying for postings but haven’t received any offers? This blog entry will assist you with finding a position as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for a summer internship or co-op, it’s not too late to find a job. However, realize that as the remaining weeks pass by, there will be fewer summer internship/co-op opportunities available. Apply for as many positions as you are interested in within the next few weeks before the options for summer are exhausted.

If you’re looking for full-time career employment after graduation, there is no impending “cut-off deadline” for job postings in your job search account like there are for summer intern/co-op opportunities. However, know that a career search can take several months. If you’re looking for a full-time position, and you didn’t complete an internship or co-op after graduation, statistics show that your job search could take up to nine months. If you do have intern/co-op experience, your search most likely won’t take this long, but could still take several months, if not more.

Here are some tips for conducting your (efficient) co-op, internship, or career job search:

  • Apply to an adequate number of job postings. Submitting your resume to 5-10 postings isn’t enough. If you’ve applied to 20 postings, that still may not be enough. I recommend to students to apply to AT LEAST 30 job postings per quarter! This way, you have enough applications that you should start receiving interview opportunities. While it’s possible you could apply for only a handful of postings and obtain an interview (and ultimately a job offer), for most people…things don’t fall into place this easily.

  • Schedule time each day or every other day that you will devote exclusively to your job search. Finding opportunities and applying takes time. There are postings you can simply click the “Submit” button to apply—with other applications, it’s a lengthier process. Some companies may have an online application to complete in addition to providing your resume. Make sure you’re blocking enough time on your calendar to complete these.

  • Utilize all resources available to you. In addition to your ECS job search account, you’ll find a list of additional resources on the ECS website. While most students will find their co-op, internship and career positions via their ECS job search accounts, don’t overlook other ECS-recommended resources available.

  • Schedule an appointment with an ECS advisor. If you’ve applied for 30+ postings and aren’t receiving interviews, schedule an appointment with an ECS advisor for a resume critique and to evaluate your job search. Alternatively, if you’ve had a few interviews with employers but haven’t received any offers, schedule an appointment with an ECS advisor to review interviewing strategies and/or set up a mock interview.



Whether you’re looking for internship, co-op or career opportunities, there are plenty of resources available to you. ECS is here to help you every step of the way!

"You may delay, but time will not."
-Benjamin Franklin


Authored by Dean Pidcock.