4 steps for kicking off your first job search as a college senior

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Searching for your first job out of college is as exciting as it is challenging. Between all your classes and extracurriculars, it’s more than likely finding a job will fall on the back burner. Regardless, it’s important to carve out some time each week, whether it’s ten minutes or ten hours, to kick off your hunt for your first job after graduation. The end of the year will be here before you know it so follow these tips to get started!

1. Perfect Your Resume

Before you even begin searching for jobs, draft a few versions of your resume. Add any summer work experience to showcase what you learned and any relevant course work you’re taking during the upcoming year. Don’t forget to update your GPA to reflect your performance from junior year as well. Once you get a rough outline of your resume, experiment with different fonts and layouts to see which best represents your personality. Pre-formatted templates are a great place to start, but make an effort to make them your own. For more tips on creating the perfect resume, check out this guide.

2. Meet with Career Services

After drafting your resume, set up a meeting with career services to review it. From resume and cover letter templates to lists of job search sites, the career services office has a breadth of resources at their disposal to help you find your first job. Chances are that many of them have developed relationships with hiring companies over the years, which can be invaluable to you as an entry-level job seeker. They can pass along your application directly to employers and keep you abreast of any upcoming campus interviews or new job listings. Don’t forget, they are putting in their time to help you land a job so make sure you return the favor by keeping any appointments you schedule.

4 steps to kicking off your first job search as a college senior

3. Be Selective

Starting your job search this fall gives you a notable advantage over starting it second semester. You get to be selective to the jobs you’re applying to. Without the pressure of landing a job just to land a job, you can take your time and apply only to those companies that you’re interested in. Do your diligence and see what the company values, how they make money, and what type of culture they have. Then, decide what type of company you’d like to work for and see if they align. Keep in mind that once the spring rolls around, you’ll lose this luxury so take full advantage of it while you can.

4. Reach out to Alumni

Your resume is set to go, you met with career services, but you still can’t find any jobs you’re interested in. What now? Contacting your friends who graduated above you is a great way to start finding opportunities. Reach out and see if he or she would be willing to chat with you about their job to learn what they like and what they don’t. Not only can you receive some valuable advice from someone who has been in your shoes, but there’s a very good chance that their company will be hiring entry-level talent this year too. By getting your foot in the door now, you’ll be top of mind when alumni start recruiting.

Finding a job out of college is more competitive today as thousands of college graduates flood the job market. Start putting aside a half hour every week this fall though and you’ll be well on your way to landing your first job. Ready to start searching? See who’s hiring on OneWire.