If you’re a student who will be graduating soon (in the next few months) and you haven’t started your job search, the time to get started is now! Students sometimes think the best strategy is to wait until after graduation to start looking for a job when they’re no longer distracted by projects, papers, and final exams, but that’s not true. Many companies begin hiring students months in advance of the traditional Spring, Summer and Fall graduation dates. The longer you wait to begin your job search, the more difficult it can be to find a position. To help you jump start your job search and begin your career, we’ve defined the FIVE necessary STEPS with detailed information and resources in the sections below.
- Familiarize yourself with positions that interest you.
- Fine tune your resume and cover letter.
- Develop your elevator pitch and practice interviewing
- Start a network of people you can go to for advice and information about potential jobs.
- Apply for a minimum of 1 job per week from now until you get hired.
1. BECOME FAMILIAR WITH POSITIONS OF INTEREST
A. Familiarize yourself with positions of interest that can be found on:
- Handshake – Employers seeking UNT students post positions here.
- LinkedIn Jobs – In additional to professional networking, many companies post jobs here.
- Other job boards.
B. Do you have the type of skills they are seeking in the job description? If not,
2. FINE TUNE YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER
It’s important to customize your resume and cover letter to speak directly to the job you’re applying for. One resume/cover letter does not fit all jobs.
3. DEVELOP YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH AND PRACTICE INTERVIEWING
4. DEVELOP YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Start a network of people you can go to for advice and information about potential jobs.
- Find a mentor in the Mean Green Mentors.
- Join a professional organization. For ideas, ask faculty in your major or check out LinkedIn profiles in your field. A reduced membership fee might be offered for students and recent grads.
- Start/Update your LinkedIn profile Many jobs can be found on LinkedIn and you might be contacted by a recruiter.
- Attend a career fair or employer event to learn about more opportunities.
5. APPLY FOR A MINIMUM OF 1 JOB PER WEEK
Apply for a minimum of 1 job per week from now until you get hired. Utilize Handshake to apply. (It has jobs from companies seeking UNT graduates.)