Getting ready to graduate? Here's a few things you need to know:
- Know what you want to do. Have a focus. Employers want to know that you have chosen to apply for their position because it is what you want to do, not because you are simply casting a wide net. Besides, how can you find the perfect job if you don't know what that is?
- Start early. The early bird gets the worm. That might be a little cliche, but it's true. Waiting until after graduation can be a big mistake. The fact of the matter is most people do wait — and that creates a really large pool of recent graduates all looking for employment at the same time. So start early, and avoid the rush.
- Be prepared. Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. Ok, that's another cliche, but it's also true. How do you prepare for the job search? Make sure you always have a professional, polished, and most importantly, current resume. If you do not have a resume — one that you feel absolutely great about — then you need to stop by the Center for Career and Service Learning for resume help.
- Attend a job fair. Job Fairs are a great way to see what types of positions are available, learn about new organizations, practice your interviewing skills and network with employers. Most people don't walk away from the event with a job in hand, but everybody can leave with some valuable information. Job Fairs are just like everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. If you prepare well and take advantage of the opportunity (i.e. be proactive in approaching employers) then you'll have a great experience.
- Always, always, always send a "Thank You" letter. Not only does it reiterate your interest in the position, it shows that you have follow-through skills and demonstrates basic professional etiquette. If two candidates interview for the same position and both do well but only one sends a thank you note, 10 out of 10 times, they'll be the one with an offer on the table.