Are you getting ready to graduate? Need to start planning for that full-time job? There's a lot more to finding a job than handing out resumes or going online. There are several different methods for finding employment and it's best to use a variety of them for success.
Most job searches take between 3-6 months and it is an extremely competitive market. You need to be sure that you have the necessary tools and that they're polished and ready to work for you. Each year thousands of graduating students throughout the United States begin the process of searching for full-time career opportunities. The search involves responding to job announcements, following up on suggestions and leads, and participating in campus interviews.
TIMELINE for your SENIOR YEAR--Make sure you're prepared!
- If you don't have a resume, attend one of our professional development workshops or check out the links we've compiled to create a dynamic resume.
- Have your resume reviewed by sending it to us.mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll provide feedback and let you know if you're on the right track or not.
- Attend other professional development workshops to learn more about interviewing, your professional image and many more topics OR check out the tutorials and links we've provided.
- Practice your interviewing skills via our online interview program.
- Attend the Fall Career Fair to talk to employers and find out what their hiring needs are. Some employers only recruit on-campus once a year and this may be your only chance to meet with them. Find out how to work a Career Fair by attending one of our workshops or viewing the resources we've put together.
- Interview on-campus. Click here to find out which employers will be interviewing during the semester. Employers are willing to hold positions for outstanding candidates until their graduation so don't think that you shouldn't attempt to interview because you still have a semester to complete. It's a great feeling to walk the stage and know that you have a job waiting on the other side.
- Let people in your network know that you will be graduating soon and ask them to let you know if they hear of any openings.
- Keep a written log or spreadsheet of all of your employer contacts including items such as employer name, address, telephone number and contact person/job title as well as the date of each contact by letter, telephone call or interview. It is also important to note the action that is required or that will follow from each contact. Be sure to follow up with the employer as needed.
Your last semester on campus will be a busy one with senior projects/courses, graduation and your job search but this is the time to shine when meeting with employers.
- Make sure your resume is updated to reflect your current contact information and GPA.
- Continue to Interview on-campus.
- Attend the Spring Career Fair.
- MARCH: Begin applying for positions that you hear about or see posted. The hiring process can take 3-6 weeks so you don't want to wait until the week before graduation.