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Posted February 24, 2016 by

Senior year job search: A timeline

Robyn Scott, guest writer

Robyn Scott, guest writer

All of a sudden students are part way through their senior year of college, and employment (or unemployment) is just a few short months away. Students who wait to look for jobs until college is over will generally find they are unemployed or working at a part-time job they don’t like for the entire summer.

Of course, lucky students will have secured positions by the fall, but many will need to search for much longer than that. No two students will have the exact same experience. Employment opportunities vary depending on the field, time of year, and flexibility of the job seeker. Recent graduates who are willing to relocate or consider full-time internships, for example, may have more opportunities than people looking for full-time paid employment in their current city only. To avoid post grad unemployment, it’s good for students to start their job search while they are still in college.

1) First semester senior year

During the first semester of senior year, students are not likely to receive a full-time job offer. Although there are a few high demand fields, most students will be doing preliminary research at this point. Students are encouraged to begin networking with people in their chosen career fields if they haven’t already done so. They can also start investigating which companies hire new graduates and find out if recruiters will be on campus during the year. Additionally, the first semester is a good time to meet with professors or professionals within the field to get information about possible opportunities in the future. Although most companies are not going to give an official interview at this point, they may offer an informational interview. A familiar face is more likely to be hired later on.

2) Beginning of second semester senior year

Once students get to their second semester of their senior year, they can start legitimately looking for jobs. Many companies hiring new graduates will begin their recruitment process at this point knowing their employees can’t start until the beginning of summer. One of the most challenging issues for students at this point is finding a balance between school and the job search. It’s important students devote their full attention to study the week before midterms and finals but still manage to send out applications and meet with recruiters.

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3) End of second semester senior year

By the end of the second semester, it’s important students are sending out completed job applications on a regular basis. There is not a magic number but one to two applications per week will serve as a good, minimum goal. In addition to applying for jobs the traditional way, students should be actively networking and refining their resumes. Also, it’s important to tailor each cover letter to a specific position. The human resources department can easily tell who made the effort to read the entire job description and who wrote a standard letter.

4) The summer after graduation

The majority of college seniors will not have secured full-time employment by their graduation date. However, this is when it’s important to stay motivated and get creative. In addition to continuing a full-time job search in a specific field, recent grads should look at viable part-time positions, paid internships, and transition jobs that can help them build their resumes. There are several companies that won’t hire somebody until they have a couple years of experience, so that dream job may be just around the corner. In order to beef up their resumes, recent grads can be creative and have two part-time jobs or look into the possibility of something near their field, if not directly in it.

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Robyn Scott, a guest writer for College Recruiter, is a private tutor with TutorNerds LLC. She has a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and a MA from the University of Southampton, UK.

Posted August 13, 2015 by

Turn Your Internship into an Entry Level Job Offer

view of Two interns working together assisted by their course supervisor

View of Two interns working together assisted by their course supervisor. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As college students head back to school, they may be looking to gain some work experience through internships.  An internship can give a student the chance to learn more about a potential career field and be a great addition to his or her resume.  However, once a student is hired as an intern, he or she must make a great impression to the point that an employer will want to hire him or her for an entry level job.  Here are some tips to help you turn your internship into a job offer. (more…)

Posted June 30, 2015 by

Strategic Ways For Students to Jump-start Their Career This Summer

Create Your Future card with a beach background

Create Your Future card with a beach background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Summer is the time for students to relax and have fun. After all, a whole year of studying is not a joke. But if you want to secure a healthy career right after college, you have to spend your summer wisely before you lose the chance.

Planning for the future this early is great for your success. You’ll gain experience early and boost your confidence when you start a real job. Experience is the key in establishing a good foundation for your career. And the earlier you build it, the more competent you become, no matter what job or career path you take.

There are plenty of ways to establish your career. Here are some of the activities you can do this season: (more…)

Posted June 08, 2015 by

College Students: How to Take Care of Your Personal Items When You Are Out of School for the Summer

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A group of young people on moving day. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Setting off for summer break is an exciting time for internships, summer fun and a break from the rigors of school. When it’s time to clear out of your dorm or campus housing, you may need to take all of your belongings with you. Since this can be difficult if you’re traveling across the country, the best option for most students is to get a small storage unit for their goods. The added advantage to a storage unit is that you can keep the unit during the year to store more valuable items. However, not all storage units are created equal, and you’re going to want to select one that can handle your needs. (more…)

Posted April 06, 2015 by

Control Interview Nerves to Be at Your Best

Okay, so you have landed the job or internship interview you’ve been waiting for.  Congratulations!  Now, though, as the big day approaches, you are getting nervous.  Being nervous is not necessarily a bad thing; it is human nature and just means you understand the importance of the impression you make and do not want to take the interview for granted.  The key is understanding how to control your nerves.  Here is some information to help you feel better. (more…)

Posted September 19, 2014 by

College Graduates, Thinking about Creating Your Own Jobs with Startups? Keep These 3 Financial Tips in Mind

College graduates might give strong thought to creating their own jobs by forming startups.  Before doing so, grads should consider three financial tips found in the following post.

You’ve decided to turn your great startup idea into a reality, congratulations! As you prepare to give yourself over to the life of an entrepreneur, some of the biggest challenges you’ll need to prepare for are the financial ones. And not just how to get your great idea up and running — how

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Posted August 07, 2014 by

College Graduates, Are Your Searches for Jobs Suffering? 6 Costly Mistakes You’re Making

College graduates who are having trouble finding jobs could be costing themselves opportunities by making these six mistakes in the following post.

As recent graduates have learned this summer, the job market is still a hot mess. Not enough jobs, too many applicants, and HR departments that move slower than anyone ever expected. And then there are the issues job seekers bring on themselves; the mistakes that cost them interviews – and jobs…

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Posted August 04, 2014 by

College Students, Don’t Have Summer Jobs? How to Make the Most of This Season

If you’re one of the college students without summer jobs, that doesn’t mean you can’t be productive during this time of year.  In the following post, learn how to make the most of the summer.

Summer, summer, summer-time. Time to sit back and unwind… In the immortal words of Will Smith (or Ella Fitzgerald crooning about “easy livin’”), summer is usually seen as a time for kicking back, slowing your roll and enjoying a little well-deserved R&R. Most people use the long, hot days of June through August

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Posted August 04, 2014 by

College Students, Are Your Summer Jobs as Interns about to be Over? 7 Ways to Conclude Them on a Good Note

With their summer jobs as interns winding down, college students may be looking to end them in positive ways.   In the following post, learn seven ways to finish internships on a good note.

August is right around the corner. Summer is almost over… and, by definition, so is your summer internship. So now is a good time to think about the final weeks of your summer gig, and perhaps the last chance you’ll have to tie up loose ends, communicate with colleagues and make yourself stand out to your supervisor…

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Posted July 30, 2014 by

5 Reasons Why Internships and Co-ops Are Essential!

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Intern organizing shelves in supermarket under supervision of store manager. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you’re a student, you might be looking into part-time jobs to make some money during the school year, or maybe a full-time job for the summer. While making money to help pay for school sounds like a good idea, it might end up costing you money in the long term.

The reason is simple: it’s getting harder and harder for university and college graduates to find a full-time job in their career path once they graduate—especially for those who do not have any practical work experience. It has become incredibly valuable for students to take co-ops during the school year and internships in the summer.

Here’s why. (more…)