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Securing a Job Before you Graduate from College

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Posted on December 29, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

Many college students decide to take on job searching while still in college, which shows ambition and determination. If you’re looking to secure a job by the time you walk across the stage to get your diploma, you should start looking for a job as soon as possible. 

It’s never too soon to start thinking about your future, so put the following tips to use and you’ll be walking across the stage as an employed college graduate. 

Utilize available resources
ExperienceLink is a great resource from DelVal’s Center for Student Professional Development (CPSD) that helps students look for jobs. With ExperienceLink, students can make their own personal profiles, upload their résumés, and apply for both part- and full-time jobs as well as internships. Click here to check out ExperienceLink.

Along with ExperienceLink, DelVal’s CSPD is an outstanding resource. Visit the CSPD and have a professional review your résumé and cover letter. He or she will be able to determine whether your résumé can stand out among the crowd so you’ll be noticed over other applicants. You can also look to the CSPD for interview preparation, job search strategies and recruiting events such as career and internship fairs. 

Talk to your professors.
Your professors may be involved with businesses and organizations outside campus. Ask if they know of any open job positions that you would be qualified for. If not, perhaps they can recommend a friend or colleague who would know of an opportunity for you. College professors are great resources and could help you get a job that you’ve always wanted.

Apply for numerous jobs.
When you send out more job applications, you increase your chances of securing a position. While it can be frustrating to apply for jobs and never receive acknowledgement or an opportunity to interview, be persistent. All of your hard work will eventually pay off in the form of employment.

Meet with recruiters.
Employers start on-campus recruiting of students in the fall of their senior year. Connecting with a recruiter during your senior year is a great way to develop a professional relationship that could lead to a position by the time you graduate. Just make sure your resume and cover letter really stand out. It’s a recruiter’s job to find the right people for a particular position, so they sift through resumes all day long. Yours has to be special. 

Get an internship.
Having an internship in college, especially during the beginning of your senior year, is beneficial and could lead to a job. The company you’re interning with may have an opening where you’d be a great fit, and if you’ve done an exemplary job as an intern, they’ll be inclined to hire you.

Utilize these tips while you’re searching for a job and you’ll be as prepared as you can be when dealing with applications, recruiters, and interviews. Although it takes some hard work, graduating college with a job will feel like the ultimate accomplishment. Good luck!