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When Should You Start the Job Hunting Process?

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Posted on August 31, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

Seniors at Delaware Valley University have one of the most memorable years of their lives coming up. As your collegiate career comes to a close, you’ll have the opportunity to embrace the friends you’ve made, reminisce over the memories and receive the diploma that you’ve worked so hard to earn. But one of the most important things to consider is what’s next after graduation.

Landing a job after graduation is what all seniors strive for, and those who are eager and zealous will be prepared for life after college. To help you determine how you should approach your career search, DelVal is here to help you learn when you should start the job hunting process.

Start Early!
Getting ahead of the pack on your job hunting process is one of the most advantageous things a senior can do. You’ll definitely encounter employers who start recruiting new employees as early as the fall semester, so you should enter the first semester of your senior year with an updated résumé and cover letter so you’re ready to hit the ground running. Employers will love your commitment to beginning your career search so early. 

Starting early also gives you plenty of time to plan your strategy and invest the proper time to the job search. For many, finding and securing a job for after graduation is a time-consuming process that doesn’t coming easy. Starting early will give you the right amount time to find a job that’s right for you.

Don’t Give Up!
While starting earlier is a great way to get ahead in the job hunting process, some seniors will experience a longer search than others. That’s okay! You started your career search early to prepare for this aspect of the process. Securing a job takes time, and if you notice that some of your friends are being offered positions in the fall and you aren’t, don’t become discouraged and give up. 

You may find that smaller organizations offer open positions for graduating seniors later in the year because they don’t require extensive training programs. If you started applying for jobs early, you’ll get some practice and be ready for openings later in the year if you haven’t locked one down yet. 

You’ll also find that jobs will open and close with no schedule. Positions will be available throughout the year, and along with starting early, DelVal seniors can stay ready and prepared by continuously checking for an open job that suits them. 

As college seniors embark on their senior year here at DelVal, it’s important to create a balance between enjoying your final moments in college and applying for a job. By starting early, you’ll be ahead of the curve and will show prospective employers your enthusiasm.

Students at DelVal have access to a wide variety of resources to help them find a job. You can search for jobs and internships through DelVal’s Center for Student Professional Development.