Perhaps one of the most common mistakes that college students make when nearing the end of their college years is becoming complacent with where they are. They have good enough grades to graduate, 109 days left until graduation, and not a care in the world. Once they graduate, life will be easier…right? Not necessarily. Applying for jobs can be a long, tedious, and, at times, discouraging, process. Here are some tips for making the process easier and more successful:
Set Up Job Notifications – one of the easiest ways to be informed about potential jobs is to set up email notifications. Job sites such as Glassdoor and Indeed are great resources when it comes to searching for and applying for jobs. Look for the “Save Search” or “Job Alert” function and set up multiple alerts. Getting an email daily with new job postings in your field may give you a leg up on the competition when it comes to being timely.
Don’t Wait To Apply – some students think it’s not important to start applying to jobs until they are finished with school. This is a myth that has been busted by many successful students. Often times, students who start applying to jobs early will land an interview and get a job locked in before graduation. That means they can finish their senior year without worrying that they may not have post-grad plans or a steady income.
Don’t Limit Your Choices – When looking for an internship or job, especially an entry level position, it’s important that you don’t limit your choices. It can be tempting to do away with jobs that aren’t at your top choice companies but it’s a good idea to apply to them anyway. Having a long list of places that you apply to will increase your chances of landing a job. With that being said, it’s good to assess your options and make sure that the places you are applying are worth your time and will benefit you in the long run.
Post Relevant and Appropriate Info on Social Media – Although it may be tempting to post about your latest trip to Qdoba on Twitter, it may not be what employers are looking for. Employers want to hire someone who is dedicated to the field they want to work in and constantly learning about innovations and recent news. Another thing that is important is to be appropriate on social media. Posting pictures of you and your friends at your most recent party does not show your future employer that you are mature or serious about your future. Monitor your social media and don’t post anything you wouldn’t show to your hiring manager.
Get an Internship (or a few) – The importance of an internship can’t be stressed enough. An internship is a low-pressure way to learn, ask questions, and meet new people. As an intern, you are expected to be at work, be on time, etc., but you have the opportunity to learn and take your time more than you will when you get your first job. Most people are willing to talk with and teach a student, but once you graduate you are on the same playing field as everyone else.
Use Your School’s Resources – An office that isn’t frequented nearly enough at most universities is their Office of Career and Professional Development. Maryville has many great resources that come out of this office including: a job board, resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, and much more! Going to this office can give you confidence because you will leave with a great resume, interviewing skills, and a list of jobs to apply to.
Network, Network, Network! – Many jobs are not ever posted on job boards. What does that mean for you? It’s important to know the hiring staff for the job well. When you form relationships with people who could later hire you, it puts you in the front of their mind when it comes to hiring for a new position. Going to networking events, talking to people in the Starbucks line, and even getting to know your teachers well are all things that can help you advance in your career!
These tips are a great place to start when you are a senior looking for jobs. In the long run, you’ll be glad that you put in the extra work ahead of time.
Maryville graduate Brady Griffith says, “The benefit of applying to jobs before I graduated was largely peace of mind. While other students might wait until after graduation, knowing that I had applied to multiple places early helped me stay less stressed during the job search.”
Talking to other graduates such as Brady can be helpful and encouraging when you start this journey yourself. Be sure to check out some of the resources mentioned in this article when you start your internship or job search!
Posted by: Victoria Griffith on maryvillepawprint.com