Graduating this year? Keep reading!
For all of the final year students here at Mac, let me start by saying I know that this is one of the most stressful times of the year. I have been speaking with a couple graduating students on campus, and many of us are unaware that applications for graduate level jobs start in October, and run through to January. If you’re feeling a little misguided about the steps you should be taking towards preparing for the career field, I’m hoping this post will help with the process.
While the timing may seem ridiculously early for us going by a University schedule, the calendar year comes to an end at this time. Budgets are being revised, and opportunities within companies are being realized. Hiring Managers have been posting new graduate opportunities on OSCARplusover the last few months and will continue to do so for a couple more months. Have a look and make sure you apply to the jobs which you feel would be a good fit for what you’re looking for after graduation.
Some Tips for While You are Applying:
Look Everywhere for Graduate Opportunities. Do not let your job search end with OSCARplus; there are hundreds of companies that post within their own career pages so be sure to search the organizations that appeal to you the most. Don’t forget professional websites such as LinkedIn, which are becoming a popular method for recruiting.
Get Your Resume Critiqued! Make some time to stop by the SSC to ensure that your resume is up-to-date and will catch the attention of prospective employers.
Fix Up Your Online Media Presence. As mentioned, recruiters are looking for you, and they will check all social media sites to find out how you represent yourself in public spaces. Make sure that everything that can be found on your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are things that you are okay with an employer knowing about you. While you’re busy cleaning up your social media profiles, make sure that your LinkedIn is up-to-date. Employers are more active than ever on this site, so make sure there is something memorable to grab their attention.
Networking Is Huge! Have you ever heard the saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?” While this is not necessarily true, it definitely does help to network with employers and make your name known. Try your best to attend company information sessions. You can find out more about these sessions and the participating companies on the SSC website.
Be Strategic with Your Time. Make a list of all the places that you would like to work, target your resume to each job, and try to allot some time each day to applying to those jobs.
Remember that the SSC is always here for you; see OSCARplus for a full list of appointments available related to job searching. LinkedIn critiques and photo sessions take place the last Friday of every month. Happy job hunting!
About the Author
Taylor Noble blogged for the Student Success Centre from 2015 to 2016.