Jobs & Internships
As you work in various types of jobs (both paid and unpaid) with a variety of employers, you develop marketable skills, self-confidence, a deeper self-awareness about the type of work that fits you the best, and a track record of accomplishment.
Your broad and rigorous academic pursuits give you the foundation for any field, profession or industry. Employers value liberal arts graduates for their ability to express their ideas, write effectively, think critically and creatively, and learn continuously. Wesleyan students possess these attributes along with heightened sensitivity around issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and fairness. Throw in high energy, passion, and a dogged work ethic, and you have a winning combination for career success.
To maximize your search for a job or internship, you must take advantage of all available resources. Think about your passions and interests, and then find an internship or volunteer program, or a longer term program that relates to your chosen career path. Make sure you're making use all of our online job database, MyCC, our On-Campus Recruiting Program, employer information sessions, the WesSID internship database (in your ePortfolio), and the online resources listed on this site (see Step 2 below).
After you have reviewed the search process, meet with a counselor to review and refine your strategy.
THE JOB SEARCH PROCESS
Step 1: Resumes & Job Search Letters - How Do You Look on Paper?
A resume and cover letter are often your initial contact with a prospective employer, creating that all-important first impression. They must be perfect in appearance and execution. This section provides advice and samples.
Step 2: Internship or Full-time/Permanent Job - Where Can I Look Online?
This section provides advice and access to both online job posting databases and web sites that enable you to research and contact employers directly. Direct employer contact is an important part of every job search; do not rely solely on online job postings!
Step 3: Networking - Who Do You Know?
Networking is essential in any job search. It is simply the establishment and maintenance of relationships that can help move your career and job search forward. It is the incorporation of people -- parents, relatives, friends, Wes alumni, former supervisors and colleagues, professors, and others -- in your search. See this section for advice!
Step 4: Interviewing - How Do You Present Yourself?
Too many possible job offers have been lost because the job hunter failed to prepare or practice for the interview. Being effective during the interview is crucial! The Career Center can help, especially with Mock Interviews.