The basic process for applying to positions is the same for those seeking internships, part-time jobs or full-time positions. Here are the key steps (note: selecting many of the following links will result in a PDF document being downloaded to your computer. Download Adobe Reader to view these PDF resources):
- RESUMES: Prepare a targeted resume, have it approved at the Career Center, and upload it to YUCareerLink under the "documents" tab.
- JOB SEARCH METHODS: Utilize our fact sheet on job search strategies to learn about the multiple ways to discover opportunities. Our websites fact sheet has links grouped by industry where you can find job postings. Click here for a select list of companies, grouped by industry. You can also check out the 2011 CollegeGrad.com list of Top Entry-Level Employers. Also follow Twitter job feeds. Create a profile on Global Focus U where your resume can be found by top employers. If interested in on-campus jobs and summer internships at Yeshiva, visit the Student Employment Page for Yeshiva University.
- NETWORKING: Network and conduct informational interviews to learn more about the industry and to find out about hidden vacancies. Networking is the most effective way of obtaining employment. You can meet networking contacts through sites such as LinkedIn. Use this LinkedIn Checklist to make the most of this resource. Read more about online networking and social media. Also join professional associations and attend conferences in your field.
- COVER LETTERS: Write a targeted cover letter for each position. A generic version will not suffice. Ensure that each letter explicitly states why you want to work for that particular organization in that specific position.
- INTERVIEWS: Prepare for interviews and visit the Career Center for a mock interview. Practice interviewing skills from your own computer using BigInterview. If the organization requests a case interview, start preparing by visiting www.AceTheCase.com and meet with a counselor. Not sure what to wear on the interview? Check out our guide on how to "Dress for Success."
- THANK-YOU LETTERS: Send thank-you letters after each and every interview, preferable within 24 hours.
- ACCEPTING/DECLINING OFFERS: Speak with a counselor about accepting or declining offers and about possibilities for negotiations. Remember, you never need to accept an offer on the spot. Thank the employer for the opportunity and find out when they need a definite answer. Take time to consider if it is the right job for you. Review sites such as www.glassdoor.com to read employee reviews of organizations.
- SALARY INFORMATION: The National Association of Colleges and Employers offers the most accurate compensation data available. Click here to access the NACE Salary Calculator. Glassdoor.com andPayscale.com also offer salary information.
Visit our Top Resources page to help you in the job or internship search process, including links to great job and internship postings.
Remember that this process takes time, so try to avoid waiting until the last minute to get started. On average, it takes roughly three-six months to find a job. However, certain industries may recruit much further in advance--sometimes up to ten months ahead for full-time positions and six months ahead for internships. Therefore, it is imperative that you do your research early on to determine the recruiting cycles for your industry of choice.
If you are interested in working on campus at YU, visit the human resources web site
Internships in Israel
Many students are interested in finding opportunities in Israel for the summer. Visit our "Finding Work in Israel" page in our Top Resources section of the website for more information including a list of structured opportunities as well as additional suggestions.
A Resume Book is a tool through YU CareerLink that allows the Career Center to send your resume to employers on your behalf. Submit to the appropriate book(s) based on the semester and industry of your choice (e.g. ''Fall 2016 Finance Internship''). All resumes MUST be approved by a Career Center counselor either through a walk-in or scheduled appointment. Log on to YUCareerLink, upload your resume, and find resume books under the "documents" tab.
Appropriate Professional Attire
Did you know that an employer will make their first impression about whether or not to hire you based on the first 30 seconds of your interview? For this reason, dressing appropriately and conservatively for an interview is vitally important.
Business Formal: standard dress code for a job or internship interview and for career fairs. Full Suit.
Women’s business formal attire could include the following:
Skirt suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes knee-length skirt, tailored jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top
Pant suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes tailored pants and jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top
Closed toed shoes with no more than 1-2 inch heels
Post earrings (not dangling or large), minimal jewelry such as rings, bracelets, or necklaces
Small to medium size purse, along with portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume
Men's business formal attire could include the following:
Two-piece, single-breasted, and dark (solid color or conservative pinstripes) suit
White dress shirt, buttoned all the way to the top, with a white undershirt underneath and conservative tie (no bowties, bright colors, or bold patterns)
Dark, polished shoes and matching socks
Portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume
Conservative, short haircut
Often the dress code used in many offices, depending on your work environment and day-to-day responsibilities. While this type of attire is too casual for an interview, you may wear business casual for networking events, workshops, informational interviews, site visits, and the like.
Women’s business casual attire could include the following:
Jacket, blouse, cardigan, or conservative top with a knee-length skirt
Simple, knee-length dress
Closed or open toed shoes (no platforms or flip flops)
No jeans or casual sundresses
Men’s business casual attire could include the following:
Pants (dark or khaki)
Collared button up shirt with a white undershirt underneath or a collared knit polo shirt
Leather shoes (no sneakers or flip flops)