Get Hired Before You Leave Campus

Too many grads leave the job search until after graduation. In today's fast paced - though strained - global economy, procrastination is a recipe for disaster. It might not be the apocolypse...let's be honest here, but putting off your job search means you'll probably be living on your parents couch for longer than you planned.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), when employers rate the effectiveness of recruiting methods for college graduates, they rank the following as their top 10:

  • On-campus recruiting
  • Organization’s internship program
  • Employee referrals
  • Organization's co-op program
  • Career/job fairs
  • Faculty contacts
  • Job postings on the company web site
  • Job postings on the campus web site
  • Student organizations/clubs
  • Job postings on commercial web sites

Notice that the top five preferred recruiting methods involve some degree of face-to-face interaction between the job applicant and the company. This means you need to get in front of the person who is making the hiring decision, preferably well in advance of graduation time. And forget about the job boards since simply posting your resume online is highly unlikely to yield positive results in the current job market. Now, more than ever, it is critical that college seniors and recent graduates do the following three things: