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Getting Started

There are lots of different types of opportunities and lots of different places to find them. To start, it's important to identify your parameters. Common parameters include:

  • location (and remote/in-person)
  • date range and duration (e.g. summer)
  • type of position (e.g. internship, full time position, research, etc)
  • industry
  • job title(s)
  • salary range
  • company

You might have specific ideas for some of these (e.g. I want a job that I can commute to from Olin) while others might be much more general (e.g. I want an internship). While you'll find more opportunities the broader your parameters, it's often best to identify your needs so that you can focus your search on opportunities that will actually work for you. Some needs might be rigid, such as if you have specific housing secured and need a position in the area, while others might be preferences or ideal scenarios, such as a desired salary.

If nothing else, start with a potential job title, the type of position, and a date range (e.g. Mechanical Engineer/Product Designer, Internship, Summer 2023) and go from there. It is also a good idea to identify early on whether you are interested in unpaid opportunities; if not, try filtering for paid opportunities only.

Keeping Organized

There are a lot of ways to keep yourself organized in your job search. We highly recommend having a system to stay organized; we've found that those with a good system do better in the job search. A simple way to stay organized is with a spreadsheet! Take a look at the example spreadsheet below.