Have A specific Field – When choosing the industry where you want to work, keep in mind that it must be related with your college degree. Your efforts on searching for a paid internship job will have targeted results if you have a specific field. However, consider acquiring any type of work available in your field of interest to avoid missing out the opportunity to get employed right away.

Lots of companies may opt for advertising positions in the newspaper – instead of the internet – because they won’t get crushed with a pile of resumes that way. Remember, there’s more to research than the internet! Your local newspaper can help you find jobs right in your neighborhood.

As much fun as everything else is in college, the homework and the classes could be considered boring, or a waste of time. If you feel this way, look up the definition of “college.” It’s about the education you get just as much as it is about personal growth and fun. Plus, what you do in your classes will have a profound effect on your post-undergraduate options. And, believe it or not, if you picked the right major, it can sometimes be satisfying to go to class. Regardless, that’s what you came to school for, and you need not forget that. Work hard.

For those with specific interests there are more easy scholarships. If you belong to any kind of group or organization then ask around, look at the bulletin boards. See if they or one of their affiliates are offering some type of college scholarship. Sometimes the scholarships are for those with very specific interests or attributes, or the scholarship just hasn’t been publicized very widely. There will be fewer applicants for these scholarships so, with less competition, they will be easier to get.

Get out of the house. Join an in-person networking group. The Unemployed Professionals group meets and hosts a guest speaker every Tuesday at the Portland career center. The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce is another great place to meet, talk with others and spread the word about you.

Creative Writing Camp: Writing Young Adult Fiction, children ages 11 to 15 explore young adult fiction and learn how to write for their age group, 9 a.m.-noon July 19-23, Bethel College, 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka; (574) 807-7000.

I took a chance looking up what a school district had to offer for jobs. My image of a school was that it was only for teachers, cooks, and custodians. But to my surprise there were all kinds of jobs that fit many areas such as psychology, communications, computer science, speech, sports, and languages. And no, these aren’t teaching jobs either. I was amazed at what I found.

That’s not all though, career fairs are around all the time and taking advantage of those could be a life changer. I was just looking for a fun summer job being a raft guide and it turned out the company I was applying to could also offer me an internship with the Pennsylvania Department of conservation and Natural Resources.