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College Job Search Guide

The common practice among a good number of college students before now was to wait until their final year to start planning for the career life that lies ahead of them. However, harsher economic realities have greatly altered this approach. More students now begin their search for jobs from the very first year in college and schools are becoming increasingly helpful in this regard. Here is a college job search guide to help you in your job quest right from your first year.

Freshman Year

Your first year will pretty much be spent trying to adapt to life in the college. This is the time you get to meet the people that would help mold your career. Become familiar with your advisers and career coaches. Right from your freshman year, you should endeavor to pinpoint your different interests and take classes that you consider relevant. Visit your school’s placement office to register and learn more about available job and internship opportunities, but you may not be assigned any of these until your second year. This means you may want to check online job boards for something to do during the summer.

Sophomore Year

In your second year, you should continue building relationships that you consider useful to the attainment of your career goals. The people you connect with could be peers or faculty and staff members that can support you. Create a resume and make it a habit from your sophomore year to start attending job and internship fairs as well as resume review and/or practice interview events. Check websites of companies in your field of interest for internship openings. You could ask your parents to help inform friends and colleagues who may be able to help with finding internship opportunities. It is advisable to start preparing your references from this point. Find and get close to a faculty member you would like to serve as a reference in the future.

Junior Year

Update your resume with any job or internship experience you have been able to garner and start applying for more internship opportunities as early as possible. There are companies who have their deadlines for applications set to as early as September. Attend more career and internship fairs, asking about available openings in companies and requesting business cards from employers. It is more helpful to consider working in a company with high diversity, as some employers add extra advantage to such. Add a professional feel to your Facebook and get a LinkedIn account. Enlarge your professional network and join professional organizations as a student member.

Senior Year

In your fourth year, it is advisable to consider the possibility of working on a research project in collaboration with a faculty member. This could add to your credence to your ability before employers. Fine tune and bring your resume up to date. You can now start exploring for work opportunities that fits your person and interests. Regularly check out on-campus recruiting opportunities as they become available, while also making it a habit to attend information sessions supported by recruiting companies. Get at least three professional references ready. Endeavor to expand your network further because who you know matters when it comes to landing that elusive job. Network with anybody that you think might be helpful, including professors, faculty staff members, alumni, guest speakers and other professionals. It also helps if you can learn a second language as this can boost your marketability.

Planning for a successful work life is not something you start in your senior year in the college. It should start right from your first year. Hope this college job search guide helps in doing this.



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