By Freddy Elorza '14 | february, 2013, Issue 2
It's that time of the year when some first years are rejoicing for having achieved the only goal they set for this year – finding a job. If you're one of the lucky ones, congratulations!
If you haven't been as lucky, don't worry just yet. This is normal. According to Career Services, close to 55 percent of the first-year class will land internships from off-campus recruiting. To make the second half of recruiting easier for you, we have a couple of tips for those who didn't get their plan A (or B or C).
It might be true that you were "having a bad day" during an interview or perhaps you "peaked too soon" in the preparation process, but that doesn't tell the whole story.
"Be a consultant for yourself," said Jody Becker, Associate Director of Career Management at Booth. "What did you do well? Where can you improve? What kind of feedback did you receive? These data points will help you create a useful framework for the rest of the recruiting season."
What about those who see this as a clear sign that consulting or banking is not for them? Becker wants you to know that this is not the end.
"Students should assess whether they were recruiting with certain firms for the right reason," she said. "But shouldn't necessarily abandon their career choice. Opportunities exist with boutique or regional firms and your efforts will help next fall during full time recruiting."
Job postings on GTS and other web sites are another resource students can use during their job search. In particular, Becker suggests, students should take a look at the historic internship information.
"Some firms hire Chicago Booth students but didn't come on campus this year," she said. "These firms value our talent and students should be able to find alumni to connect with."
The keys to writing a good cover letter, Becker explains, is to let companies know why you're interested and how you're a good fit.
With a little work, you should be able to find a great summer internship.