Finding a job that we love and a career that is fulfilling is probably the reason most of us go to college, so imagine how great it’s going to feel when you graduate knowing you have a position lined up and all ready for you. Not all of us begin the job hunt when still in college, but what with the economy being down and jobs being harder to come by than they were before, every college student must make it a point to start looking for a way to earn a living even before they graduate. It’s not as hard as it looks at the outset; to search for and find a job while still at college, here’s what you need to do:
- Start early: It’s never too early to start looking for a job. Even if you’re in your freshman year, make it a point to cultivate and nourish relationships with people who will be able to offer a helping hand when it comes to your job search. Look to alumni of the college and other people who have wide networks of contacts. And most important of all, know what you want to do when you graduate and don’t waste time changing majors in your first year.
- Use all the avenues open to you: Start with your college’s career service office and check out which companies are looking to hire this year and which ones are keen to take on graduates with little or no experience. Begin to look for opportunities and send out resumes on online job portals even as you’re busy with activities and lessons in your senior year. It is a tedious job, but one that must be done. The more resumes you send out, the higher your chances are of securing a job. Besides this, you must scout for options at career fairs that are held in your senior year. You can gauge the mood and mindset of potential employers and decide which career is best suited to your talents and temperament.
- Get some experience: Use your summer breaks and other vacations to gain experience working as an intern in a firm that does work in the field you’ve chosen as a career. While this does not pay in terms of money, it’s payback time when employers are searching for people with experience. If you’re undecided about a career choice, internships help you decide on and choose jobs that you are passionate about.
- Stay connected: In today’s world, it’s easy to stay connected at all times what with the sophisticated technology that is available at our fingertips. Use the power of social networking to expedite your job search process – Facebook, Linkedln and Twitter can be used for so much more than just fun and entertainment.
Even though the job market is down at present, the process of searching for a job has become much easier because of the multiple avenues open to us. So use them wisely and ensure that your future is secure even before you graduate.
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of accelerated online degrees . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org