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Sophomore Year: Career Exploration & Leadership Development

In your second year, it is even more important that you are looking toward the future. You will declare your major and need to be actively searching for experiential learning opportunities.

  • Meet with a Career Development staff member to discuss your career plans and re-evaluate your personalized 4-year career plan.
  • Continue to research career fields that interest you.
  • Register with professional networks to begin connecting with experts in areas of interest. TrylinkedinLogo
  • Attend a Career Development workshop to learn about the process of choosing a major or career path and attend programs featuring guest speakers from career fields that interest you.
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals to learn about a particular career field.
  • Complete your core academic requirements.
  • Meet with your faculty advisor to choose a major.
  • Take an active role in a student organization to develop your communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
  • Explore experiential learning options.
  • Develop the materials needed to apply for experiential learning opportunities such as internships.
  • Secure an internship, on-campus job or summer employment related to your career goals.

As you become more active in seeking experiences to compliment your academic learning, continue to utilize the resources and expertise of the staff in the Career Development Office!

NEXT: Junior Year: Career Goal Setting, Gaining Experience & Graduate School Planning

Summer Job Search Engines

Summer employment is unique - particularly if you are seeking work in a summer camp! The search engines on this site focus on positions for the summer.

Remember - general job search engines also list positions for summer work!

experience_logo     The eRecruiting network at Albion College: Create a profile and access both jobs and internship opportunities in your areas of interest!
  • CampDepot.com - summer and after-school opportunities and tips on what program directors seek in an employee
  • CampJobs.com - a one-stop site for all forms of summer camp employment around the world
  • CampStaff.com - create one profile and contact hundreds of potential employers across North America
  • CoolWorks.com - seasonal or permanent employment available in a wide range of areas, including National Parks
  • Yellowstone National Parks Lodges - jobs for people at all skill levels from entry-level to management - internship opportunities also available!
  • YMCA of the Rockies - seasonal or year-round volunteer and employment opportunities in the Rockies and Internationally
This page contains links to web sites that are not under the control of Albion College or the Career and Internship Center. We are not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The Career and Internship Center provides these links merely as a courtesy. The data contained in this web site is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free.

Make Your Cover Letter Count in a Competitive Job Market

Today’s primary modes of communication are e-mail, text messages, and web pages. The job search process is no different. Most job searches are done on the Internet, and job seekers e-mail their resumes or complete online applications.

Given these facts: Are cover letters still necessary?

While the answer varies, the majority of human resource representatives and recruiters say yes. Done the right way, a cover letter can capture the second glance needed in a competitive job market.

There are two tips for crafting a catchy cover letter: follow the formula and personalize it.

Tip #1: Follow the formula

Cover letters contain four components with one essential question answered in each.

Paragraph One – Introduction

Who are you and why are you writing?

Paragraph Two – Highlight of Qualifications

How has your education, previous employment, or other experiences repared you for the position?

Paragraph Three – Connection to the Company

Why is this company or job a good fit for you?

Paragraph Four – Closing Statement

How interested are you and where can you be reached for an interview?

Tip #2: Personalize it

Paragraphs one and four follow standard formats. The opportunity for your application to connect with a recruiter is in paragraphs two and three.

Paragraph Two: Draw attention to yourself

When you read the job description and you declared, “I’m perfect for this job!” Tell the recruiter why. Is it because of a particular course you studied? Did you complete an internship that allowed you to perform similar duties and responsibilities? Were you able to develop a skill set through a part-time job or campus activity that is applicable to this position?

Make the connection between your past and this job. Don’t repeat your resume, but rather make reference to items on it that you especially want the recruiter to be aware of.

Paragraph Three: “Professional Flattery”

Your job search will reveal many positions for which you are qualified, but not all of them are of interest. What makes this position or company different? Pinpoint specifics about the job description that catch your eye. Research the organization. If the company product or workplace philosophy is appealing, tell the recruiter why.

Avoid empty compliments. Recruiters can spot meaningless sweet talk a mile away.

Pitfalls to Avoid

Applicants sometimes forget professionalism, and even common sense, when it comes to e-mailing and the job search. If your e-mail contains any of the following, hit the delete button.

  • A risqué e-mail address. Use a basic e-mail address comprised of your name, initials, or something similar. Save or for corresponding with friends.
  • Greeting the recruiter by their first name. If you know the recruiter’s name, don’t forget that Mr. or Ms. is still necessary. Just because Ms. Jane Doe lists her first name doesn’t mean you can call her Jane.
  • A salutation that doesn’t begin with “Dear.” This is a business letter. Beginning the correspondence with “Greetings,” “Hello,” or “Hi There!” is not acceptable.
  • Emoticons. 8-) :-( ;-) Emoticons are used to convey attitudes or emotions, both of which are irrelevant in a cover letter.
  • Acronyms. LOL, COB, FAQs. As with emoticons, acronyms have no place in job-search correspondence, unless they are standard acronyms, such as that used for a company or association. For example: NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) is appropriate. “The 411 about NACE is very positive” is not.
by Kelli Robinson
JobWeb.com - Career and Internship Center and job-search advice for the new college graduate

Freshman Year: Self-Assessment & Career Planning

It is important to begin career planning early in your college career. Knowing how your interests relate to a potential career will assist you as you chose decide on your academic focus while at Albion College.

  • Meet with a Career Development staff member to learn how to develop and implement a personalized 4-year career plan.
  • Assess personal interests, characteristics, strengths and values through career Self-Assessment Tests.
  • Visit the Career Resource Center in the Career and Internship Center to research various career fields and experiential opportunities such as internships.
  • Actively participate in the First-Year Experience seminar.
  • Check out the resources on choosing a major to learn about a variety of career opportunities.
  • Get involved!  Join a student organization, volunteer, and/or get an on-campus job.
  • Register for core requirements and elective classes to investigate academic majors of interest.  Visit with your faculty advisor for assistance in choosing classes.
  • Get a summer job that will provide you with an opportunity to learn about a career field that interests you.

Get to know the staff in the Career and Internship Center and use all our resources to your advantage!

NEXT: Sophomore Year: Career Exploration & Leadership Development

Top 5 Tips For Creating a Winning Cover Letter

Cover letters can be a powerful way to add a compelling narrative about your skills to your job application, but like all things career-related, they need to be done effectively.

A cover letter should never be an afterthought. The goal is for your cover letter to enhance your chances of getting an interview, but when done incorrectly, they have the exact opposite effect!

Top 5 tips for creating a winning cover letter

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