Seniors: Tips from the Career Resource Center

Caroline Herrod
Assistant Director, CRC

Tip #1: Don’t Panic!
The Career Resource Center is available to support you in your transition into the professional world.  The CRC has lifetime services for alumni at no cost.  This means that the CRC can continue to work with you even after you graduate.
If you are not in the geographic area, phone and email appointments are available, and the CRC is open during the summer months.   The CRC can help you put together a job search strategy and make this stressful time not so overwhelming.
Tip #2: Narrow Down Your Search to One or Two Target Goals
It is so much easier to achieve your goals when you know what they are!  If you don’t have any idea of what you want to do after graduation, it would be best to pause and take some time to figure this out.  Take some career assessments (offered at the CRC), and ask mentors and people in your field what opportunities might be a good fit for you.
Tip #3: Go For It!
Once you have an idea of what you might want to do for a career, start looking for opportunities.  Don’t let fear or anxiety hold you back.  Develop a strong resume and LinkedIn profile and get it out there!  Talk to people in the field, ask questions, and let them know you are looking.   Set a realistic goal of what you want to do each week and follow through!
Tip #4: Be Open Minded about Companies and Opportunities
Sometimes, companies that you may not think of have exciting and lucrative opportunities.  Companies that you have never heard of can have great jobs that will allow you to grow professionally and financially!  Many small companies give you a chance to wear many hats and gain a wide variety of skills more quickly.  So don’t rule out a company just because you are not familiar with them.
Tip #5: Use Your Network (and everyone else’s)
Statistically over 80 percent of jobs are found through networking, so ignoring this job search method (even if it’s intimidating to talk with people you don’t know) will not serve you well.  Ask people that you know (friends, family, professors, alumni, CRC staff, and more) if they know people in the field that you want to pursue.   Rather than asking them for a job, ask to set up a meeting to gather more information about their company or job.  Build rapport first, make a good impression, and then start talking about job opportunities.
Tip # 6: Be Proactive, Persistent, and Follow Up
The job search process can be long and drawn out, but following up with employers can help speed up the process and show that you have initiative and interest in the organization.
Tip #7: Take Care of Yourself
Finding a job can take a lot of time and energy, so be realistic about what you can do.  Remember to keep up with healthy habits such as sleep, eating right and exercise.  Allow yourself some time to take a break and breathe.   Find others who are going through the process and work together to support each other through your transitions.

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