As we near the end of Courtney’s mini-blog series, she has one last tip for us to keep in mind during the co-op process:
6. Keep Those Contacts!
After you’re all done interviewing and you have a fabulous co-op to be excited about, don’t forget about the contacts that you made throughout the entire interview process.
Chances are, you interviewed for multiple positions and either turned offers down, weren’t offered every co-op you interviewed for, or didn’t hear back from a company soon enough. However, these different company representatives that you met with throughout the co-op search could become useful contacts for you at some point in the future, and you’ve all heard it before…networking is everything!
A great idea is to take the pile of business cards that you collected throughout the process and type up the contact name, phone number, and email from each company onto a Word document so if you ever want to contact them in the future, you have a point of reference all in one place. Plus, then you don’t need to hang onto all of those business cards! You never know- you may want to try again for a co-op you didn’t get this time around.
A note from Courtney:
I hope these tips have helped make the process of finding a co-op a whole lot less daunting and that you end up with an amazing co-op! My final piece of advice: stay involved with NUPRSSA- we’re all here to support each other and share our experiences.
– Courtney Byer, member
The NUPRSSA executive board would like to thank Courtney for sharing all of these extremely helpful tips with us this semester. We know we all took a few notes from her; we hope that you did too!