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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.