Build Experience


Find a Summer or Entry-Level Job
There are several means by which you can find out about possible job opportunities. Some methods require more "leg work" than others do; some will require more advanced planning (e.g., contacting alumni/ae and parents). You should consider each of the following options:

  Talk to as Many People as Possible
       
Many jobs are advertised through word-of-mouth. If you talk to past employers, friends,
        professors, family and alumni, let them know what it is that you are looking for; they will often
        give you a name and number of someone who may be able to help you.

   
Create Your Own Opportunity
       
Be creative!  If there is an organization that you are interested in working for or a position you
        would like, take the initiative and get in touch with prospective employers.  Career Search is a
        great way for you to locate information on many employers in a variety of career fields.

   
Check On-line Listings of Available Internships/Jobs
     
   Trinity Recruiting is a great resource for employers (and alums!) who are looking for Trinity
        students to fill positions.  You should also utilize Intern Center and other online resources.


Applying for a Job
To be selected from a large number of applicants, you will need to use one or more of the following: cover letter, resume, application form and interview.

   Cover Letter
       
The cover letter is your introduction to an employer. Its contents should be clear, concise,
        professional and specific to the organization and position to which you are applying. The letter
        generally addresses 3 areas: the reason you are writing that person; what you have to offer; and
        the experience you would expect and desire in that job. The major objective is to convince the
        employer that you can fill her/his needs.

   Resume
       
A resume is an excellent way to effectively and concisely list your skills and experience for
        potential employers.  The resume accompanies a cover letter and is never sent alone. It provides
        additional information about your qualifications and previous experiences. Your resume should
        include name, address, telephone number, educational background, honors or awards, internships,
        extracurricular activities, special skills and past work experience. Include any item that makes you
        stand out from your competition.

   
Application Form
        Some summer jobs require the submission of a completed application form. Generally, this task is
        straightforward; the instructions are usually self-explanatory. The legibility of your typing or
        printing and the clarity and quantity of information you provide are very important. Along with the
        application, you should include a cover letter and resume.

    Interviews
       
Depending upon the job, an interview may be required, and it often takes the place of an actual
        application form. Always request an interview, because it provides you with the best opportunity
        to stand out from all the other applicants for that job. Come prepared to the interview. Articulate
        what you want and what skills you have to offer. Make sure you research the employer and the
        position they are hiring for as thoroughly as possible. There are many resources in the CSO library
        about preparing for an interview.

   
Writing Samples
       
Generally when employers request this they want to see a brief example of what your writing skills
        are.  You need to demonstrate your ability to clearly identify and clarify an idea or hypothesis in a
        concise manner.  At times you may be able to use a portion of a previously written paper as long
        as it provides a concise message and you indicate that it is a portion of another paper.  It should
        generally not exceed five pages in length.

   
Transcripts
       
Employers utilize this to review not only your GPA, but also to evaluate the courses you have
        taken.  In order to be prepared to apply for any position at any time, you should request transcripts
        from the registrarís office early each semester.  You may want to request at least two copies in advance.

    Recommendation and Reference Letters
        It is important to maintain contact with previous employers, coaches and professors in order to rely on
        them for a reference.  You should have a list of three people you can contact that will be able to provide
        you a reference.  Ask them if they feel comfortable providing the reference and if so, send them a copy of
        your resume along with the CSO recommendation form.  This is especially important if you plan on
        attending graduate and professional school in the future, you should maintain contact, even if through email,
        with your professors.  The Career Services Office offers a Reference Service where we maintain a folder
        of references for you up to 10 years after graduation.