Ready to start the job search? Some tips

If you’re graduating in June and haven’t started looking for a job, we’ve got some suggestions to get you started. For this post, we’re assuming that you already have a general idea of what you are looking for. If you’re not sure yet, check out our Talent Communities section for ideas, consider attending some of our upcoming workshops, or come chat with a career counselor.

Set up your calendar with a mix of events and job searching tasks: don’t miss out on the great opportunities happening on campus this spring

  • Use our calendar of events as a good place to start (look for our upcoming career fairs)
  • Prioritize (and attend) events that involve connecting with alumni and employers. Don’t forget to follow-up with a quick email after you meet someone!
  • Map out what you’ll need to be successful for each event or task (like a resume)

Get your materials in order: the key here is to get them in good enough order—so no need to spend 5 full weeks on your resume, but do spend 1-2 focused hours getting it in good shape

  • Get your resume reviewed professionally
  • Polish your LinkedIn profile and any other online portfolios and webpages
  • Sketch out some ideas for a cover letter

Build out your employer research: this pays off big time when writing cover letters, chatting with alumni at events, and interviewing

  • Reach out to alumni at companies where you’d like to work before you see a job posting. You’ll have a much more authentic conversation about the company and its roles without having to worry about a current job being advertised. Try setting up informational interviews.
  • Follow organizations on social media, and read about companies in online news outlets. Find out what’s going on with employers (who is expanding, what deals are going through, what kind of clients do they have?)
  • Build out your list of top employers (some students find a comprehensive spreadsheet to be useful)

Apply to postings

  • Submit tailored materials: your cover letter and resume should show evidence you’ve carefully researched the employer and the job.
  • Be able to articulate a clear sense of how you match with the employer’s goals/mission, skills required and job tasks.

Feeling stuck? Not sure where to get started? Wondering how to find a job that isn’t related to your major? Stop by our office for a quick Same Day Session conversation or book a longer appointment and we’re happy to help you figure out some job search next steps.

By Catherine Basl
Catherine Basl Career Counselor