Ask a Recruiter is an ongoing series that covers topics both large and small facing students who are looking for their first job or internship. This article will focus on tips for applying online. Make sure to check out our other article all about LinkedIn.

This series is written by Rachel Graham, a University and Diversity Recruiter at Lenovo who specializes in North America opportunities.

Have a question for Rachel about starting your career, interviewing or finding an internship that’s right for you? Add your question in the comments section.


When in doubt, apply online!

So many times I hear candidates after career fairs or after messaging recruiters on LinkedIn become frustrated because they don't hear anything back. Until you formally apply online, chances are your resume is not in the ATS (applicant tracking system) and recruiters either can't find, forget or don't consider resumes that are randomly sent via message or email.

Help us, recruiters, out by getting your resume in our database where it is searchable and kept in a centralized place!

Even if there is not a job that interests you posted, continue checking back, and also look to see if there is a talent network you can submit your resume to on their careers site!


Check your spam and junk folders!

If you are actively applying to jobs, make sure to check these different inboxes at least 2-3 times per week. You don't want to miss out on an amazing opportunity just because it was filtered into a different section of your email. It only takes a few seconds and can end up landing you that job you've been searching for!


What questions do you have for recruiters or what do you wish you knew?

Leave your question in a comment below!

Want more expert advice for your job/internship hunt? Click here to view past articles.


About Rachel:

Rachel graduated from University of North Carolina – Wilmington in May 2019 and began her career at Lenovo soon after. She is a Raleigh, North Carolina native who spends her free time fostering kittens, doing home DIYs and enjoying time with friends and family.

  • What are some specific sites that you'd recommend for browsing for jobs or internships, maybe some that aren't big names or the biggest out there? Any advice for looking locally?