Preparing for Graduation
This is a guest post from Neli Tokleh, our Campus Ambassador from University of North Texas.
It’s that time of year for college seniors. With just over a month to go, we are excited for, and kind of scared of, graduation. It’s time for us to move on with our lives and take on exciting opportunities that may come our way. Here are a few tips to guide you through the next few vital weeks:
That’s the obvious tip, right? Job hunting should start in your last semester of college. Search agencies in the city you want to live in. Look for entry-level jobs and also internships. Even if they are not hiring, shoot them an email with your resume, and let them know you are interested in future opportunities. Many companies like to hire post-grads for internships because of their availability. Don’t be discouraged if you cannot land a job immediately after graduation. For some students, it can take up to a year to find a position.
Update your Linked In page with any recent developments in your college career. Don’t have a Linked In? Create one now. Search the companies you want to work for and their employees. Send them a request and if you are really interested in what they have to say, send them an email through Linked In. You don’t need to personally know the people you are adding. There is a difference in just adding a professional from your industry and actually following up with them after the friend request.
Use Your Sources
As a public relations major, I am surrounded by smart faculty, alumni and employers. Those people are here to help you. Contact them for any job hunting help, job leads and resume critiquing. Give them some time to look over your email and your work, don’t be pushy. They’re busy people too. Also, don’t just ask one person for help. Learn from a few different perspectives; it will help you grow.
Any questions? Shoot me an email at NeliTokleh@gmail.com and follow me on Twitter, @NeliTokleh