Once you have a couple of years of college under your belt and you are near graduation, you want to start thinking about finding a job after graduation. The process can be overwhelming and sometimes scary for someone who is going through it for the first time, but these tips will help you get through it easier.
One of the first steps to finding a job after college is to go and look at your college's career center. You want to make an appointment with a career counselor and they will help you with deciding what kind of career would be the best for you. You can start doing this as a freshman, only because this way you are familiar with where the career center is and they already know who you are when you come back for more lengthy visits. When you become a senior in college, think about visiting the center weekly and that will help to ensure you're first in line when the job opening hot tips come through.
The second thing that you should do is to remember to start your jobs search early. You do not want to find yourself with a week until graduation and not have a student jobs lined up. Depending on what kind of career you are looking to have, you might want to do some traveling. For example, if you are looking to get into the pharmaceutics, some of the largest companies are based in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Another thing to consider is taking an internship with a company. There are two reasons that this is a good thing to consider. First, it gives you an idea of what the company is like to work for without you making a very firm commitment. The other reason is that it lets the company see what you are like – your working habits and such.
Of course, when you have an internship on your resume, it looks good to companies who might want to hire you because it shows that you have put into practice what you have learned during your college years. A resume is not simply something that shows your work history. A resume is a way to show companies what you have learned and what qualifications that you have to work for them. Education and learning is as important as work history to most companies.
Searching for a job during your college years and after graduation does not have to be difficult and it does not have to be something that you will lose sleep over. As long as you talk to your college career counselors, start out early in your job searching, and considering taking an internship, you'll find that the job search goes much quicker and much more smoothly. There are resources out there and they are available for the asking but you have to take advantage of them and use them, or else they will go to waste.