A career checklist is a good tool for college seniors as they approach graduation. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (naceweb.org) show employers plan to increase hiring of new college grads this year. This year’s increase is no surprise as the economy continues to improve, considering that hiring was down 22% at the height of the global recession in 2009. Despite the improving economy, college seniors should still expect a competitive job search. A career checklist is a good tool to help a college senior keep a job search on the right path.
1. Put important dates on your calendar. Whether you use your phone, a paper calendar or an online calendar – get important dates on your calendar immediately. Before you know it the semester has started and your schedule is out of hand. Things from your career checklist to put in your calendar:
– On campus job fairs, career fairs and internship fairs
– Employer Information Sessions
– On Campus Interviews
– Employer Panel Discussions
2. Register online with the career center. Whether you college career center uses MonsterTrak, eRecruiting, College Central, NaceLink, Simplicity, Handshake or a custom program designed for them, this is how they want to communicate with you. If you are not registered, you are missing opportunities.
3. If you don’t already have professional attire, such as a suit – Get your interview dress together. It is important that you put your best foot forward during employer meetings on campus. A good suit that fits you well, is one sure way to do that. Ask for one as an early graduation gift or check out consignment shops for bargains. More college grads do that than you think.
4. Add job application deadlines to your career checklist and your calendar. Interview schedules fill up fast sometimes.
5. Add resume, cover letters and thank-you letters to your career checklist. Download resume samples from your career center website or our career website.
6. Find out about which personal exploration and career tools your career center uses and schedule an appointment to take a career assessment if you are having issues choosing a career path.
HBCU students should know they have real advocates working hard on their behalf in the college career centers. These career professionals diligently work to help students with the career development process and to facilitate meetings between students and employers.
Visit to your HBCU career center as soon as you return to school.