1. Don’t rely solely on popular job or internship sites. These are great resources that should certainly be used. However, some of the best jobs or internships aren’t posted. If there is an industry or company that appeals to you, pinpoint these companies. Apply directly to that organization and the decision maker, regardless of apparent openings. Your ability to illustrate how/why you would make an immediate impact on the organization is your way in the door.
2. Are you a recent or soon-to-be college graduate? If you didn’t begin informational interviews, start now. Many fiscal budgets may start in January or July, so companies might be amping up staffing during these months. Keep an eye on agency job sites, and offer to come for exploratory interviews now.