Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Seniors, it’s time to start your post-grad job hunt!

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Hi everyone, my name is Mindy Rappoport and I’m senior journalism major here at CU. Before I started working as a Peer Career Advisor in Career Services’ office, I would’ve never thought about applying for entry-level jobs when there are still eight months left before graduation! Recently, when I asked my friends who are CU seniors if they have started applying for jobs, I got the same response; “Now? No way, it’s only September!”

But, surprising as it is, now is really the time to start searching for jobs. While some companies recruit year round, others have deadlines to fill positions the following year. Companies like McGladery and Chevron already have internships and full-time positions posted on CSO. They will start accepting entry-level job applications from May graduates by the end of September to mid-October, according to Career Services Online.

If you’re not sure where to begin, here are four things you can do now to get started on your post-graduation job search:
1.     Polish your resume. The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to update your resume! Make sure your most recent job or internship is listed at the top, and that everything fits on one page of your resume. For more resume writing tips and templates, check out Career Services’ Resume Writing Quick Tips or head over to the third floor of the library (E303) for Resumes That Rock, our offices’ resume writing workshop, taking place Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30-7 p.m.
2.     Start researching companies you might be interested in. Pull up your favorite search engine and start exploring the websites of companies you might want to work. If you’re not sure what companies offer positions in your field of interest, log on to Career Services Online and use the “On Campus Interviews” tab to find out which companies will be on CU’s campus to interview seniors for entry-level positions.
3.     Network with former employers. Check in with contacts at past internships or jobs—you never know what positions they may be hiring for in the near future, or they might know another company that is searching for entry-level job applicants.
4.     Set up informational interviews. If you find a company or job you are particularly interested in, ask an employee at that company if they’ll meet with you so you can ask them questions about what a typical day in the office is like. By asking an employee questions beforehand, you’ll know if you’re interested in applying for a job at that company and what exactly it entails before you line up an interview (hopefully). For some ideas on types of questions you can ask a professional during the informational interview, check out Informational Interview Quick Tips.

If you’d like some more help, feel free to set up an appointment with one of the counselors in our office by calling 303-492-6541 or going online at https://www.securedata-trans12.com/ap/universityofcolorado/index.php?page=10.

Happy job hunting, seniors!