Summer is fast approaching, when college seniors graduate and begin their first jobs—are you taking advantage of all the job search resources available to you? Here are some that you may be overlooking:
- Your school’s career center. Many students are resistant to it, but according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, in 2010, 71% of college seniors who received job offers used their career centers at one point. Many career services offices don’t stop at resume and cover letter advice—they can set up meetings with alumni, offer mock interviews, and introduce you to interested employers.
- Informational interviews. Everyone has been where you are, and the vast majority of the time, people are happy to help you out. Informational interviews give you the chance to learn about a particular career path without the added pressure of an actual interview. Both parties feel much more at ease in this setting. If you hit it off, there’s a chance the professional will think of you if an opportunity becomes available at his or her company.
- Your own accomplishments! Sometimes students can forget about their own successes, especially when they need to access them the most (such as during an interview). Start keeping a record of your achievements, whether they are awards, projects, or experiences. Keep track of the positive feedback you receive as well.