With hiring freezes and increasing competition for internships, how do you stay on the right track? Our intern Nicolas weighs in.

With the current pandemic posing numerous working restrictions and difficulty for businesses, many Australians have struggled to maintain or gain employment. Results show that the COVID-19 crisis has caused a substantial decrease in profitability levels for several companies, and many of these organisations have been obliged to reduce staff hours or make redundancies. For recent university graduates, and those on the verge of graduation, this struggle of employment uncertainty is especially worrying.

As a university student in my final semester, I’ve always been advised that gaining experience in your desired career path, such as an internship, is favourable. This type of employment is key for students as you’re able to enhance knowledge within real-life experiences, and later show future employers that you’re equipped and well-informed for any task thrown your way. So what happens when the competition for prized internships ramp up amidst a pandemic? Here are some tips that have assisted me in landing my internship during these times:

  1. Networking:

Whether this be through connections you’ve made at university or other working experiences, maintaining a solid network is helpful when applying for internships. Within this developed network, don’t be afraid to reach out and inquire about a position—it shows employers you’re available to assist and eager to learn.

  1. Update resume:

This tip seems fairly self-explanatory, but ensure that your resume is up-to-date and includes all of your previous employment history. Most universities provide students with an interactive website that shows you how to create a professional resume, so I would recommend utilising this tool when updating your own.

  1. Stay active on job searching platforms:

By ensuring that you’re active on job searching platforms, particularly LinkedIn, you’re not only able to identify any potential employment opportunities, but you’re also able to develop your own personal brand presence, connect with others interested in your field and expand your own network.

  1. Utilise university resources:

With all the studying, assignments (and potential cramming), you might be unaware of the useful resources that your university provides when locating employment opportunities. Most of these resources are gained from the ‘Careers Team’ at your respective university. These teams provide students with free consultations to receive career advice, job searching websites, and potential connections to employers, to name a few.

  1. Gain experience in unthought of areas:

Especially during this time, gaining employment in your desired company or position may not be possible. Due to this, consider applying for internship positions within your career field of choice that may not align exactly with what you intend to do in the future. This is beneficial as it will show future employers that you’re willing to expand your knowledge on all areas within the field.

Know someone on the lookout for an internship? Share these tips with them, and help them land the position they’re after.

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