May 11, 2011 9:02 AM Subscribe
If you've been out of work for several months (after just graduating), would you accept an internship to get some experience (and avoid extending the gap in the resume), even though it commits you to a few months of part time work and you can't start a job right away, or forget all volunteer and internships and just keep holding out for a full time paid job?
posted by elisynn to work & money (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I guess this might depend on how close you are to the peak of a hiring cycle, but this is the situation I was in, and I'm not sure if I made the right choice. Since I'm new to the whole job hunting and work arena, I'd love any advice from people who are more experienced.
I decided to accept my current unpaid internship because I wasn't finding any work at all (paid work, paid internships, even other unpaid internships). I've had a few interviews, but was passed over each time. Since I wasn't getting anywhere, I thought accepting and doing an internship would at least show potential employers that I was still active in the field. I also heard that having too long of a gap in the resume is a huge red flag for employers.
Lately, I've been seeing jobs that I'm qualified for (just posted), but the recruiter/hiring manager wanted a June start date, and I'm still tied up with the internship, so now I'm passed over because I'm not available right away.
What would you have done? What are employers looking for? Obviously availability is important, but should I have just continued to job hunt and not get myself involved in internships and such? Tip for next time.
Note: I've had plenty of practice with my interviewing skills, been networking, had my resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a handful of people, so I don't see that as a huge problem to why I'm not getting hired.
Hope this post makes sense. Thanks for any responses!