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March 08, 2019

Job Searching Checklist for Upcoming Grads


College graduations are about two months away, so now is the time for upcoming grads to start preparing for their first job search. The process can certainly be daunting but taking some of the first steps over the next few weeks will only benefit you in the long run. Here’s a checklist of 10 things you can do to prepare for your job search before graduation!

1. Meet with Your Campus’ Career Service Office

If you haven’t already, connect with someone in your school’s Career Services Office and have a conversation about your career goals and ideal first job. They’ll be able to assist you in finding potential opportunities!

2. Know the Jobs You Might Want and What those Roles Require

Do your research! Find entry-level jobs in the field you want to work in and look into what their day to day responsibilities are and the skills you would need to have to accomplish those tasks.

3. Update Your Resume

Delete any jobs you held before college and make sure you illustrate how your previous positions have prepared you for the jobs you will be applying for.

4. Draft a Few Cover Letters

Most part-time jobs or internships don’t require a cover letter, so you probably haven’t written one before. Find some sample cover letters from your industry online and draft a few so that you can easily fine tune them when you start applying.

5. Get Confirmation from Your References

You probably have a few people in mind who would be good references, but make sure you check that they are willing to be a reference and that you have the correct contact information.

6. Edit your Social Media from Parties to Professional

Every picture doesn’t have to be you in a blazer at a professional event, but you should make sure you don’t have any inappropriate or unseemly photos or captions on your social media pages.

7. Make LinkedIn Your New Favorite Website

If you don’t already have one, create a LinkedIn profile. Update your page, share your accomplishments, and make connections. Ideally, you should be checking the site once a day.

8. Start Navigating Your School’s Alumni Network

Hopefully, you knew a few upperclassmen who have since started their careers in the field you want to enter. Reach out to them and ask about what they do and how they started. They might even know of some openings in their company!

9. Attend Career Fairs and Recruiting Events

Every semester, colleges and organizations will host career fairs where you can build your network. Even if your interactions don’t lead to interviews, getting their contact information might come in handy later in your career.

10. Prepare Examples of Leadership and Success

You have just had four years of internships, extracurriculars, and leadership opportunities; brainstorm which ones connect best to the job you want and make sure you can explain them eloquently in interviews.

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