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College Recruiting Round Table Part 3: Preparing for your Job Search

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About the author: Bonnie and Meredith here! Welcome back for our third installment of the College Recruiting Roundtable. Be sure to check in with us here each month from now through the fall, as we talk about the ins and outs of the college recruiting process and what you can do to be best prepared to secure a great summer internship or full-time position.

Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to start preparing for a new school year – how exciting! With the hustle and bustle of classes beginning, it can be easy to put off looking for an internship or full-time position; however, don’t let your busy schedule get in the way of being prepared.

Many employers will be on campus starting in August. Here are a few things to think about before beginning your job search:

  1. Join one or two on-campus organizations to enhance your resume and leadership skills
  2. Attend soft skills (communication, career fair readiness, interview preparation) presentations held on campus
  3. Attend any on-campus events employers are hosting
  4. Check out employer’s career websites for potential openings (most companies require you to apply on their site)
  5. Attend the Career Fair on your campus
  6. Utilize all of the benefits offered by your Career Services office

Career Services can be your biggest resource! Many of the Career Services offices on campus offer resume reviews, mock interviews, supplies including: thank you notes, resume paper (a must at the career fair), business cards, career coaching, aptitude testing, and many other great services.

By doing these things, you will position yourself successfully to find a position you will love. Putting yourself out there when you are busy can be very difficult – but it will pay off.

That’s all for now – stay tuned for the next College Recruiting Roundtable.