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February 1, 2016

What Seniors Should Be Doing This Semester

It’s the last semester of your senior year, and if you’re anything like the majority of your senior classmates, reality is raising its cold hand in preparation to slap you in the face when it comes to what you’re going to do after you graduate. You may have already started looking for jobs and attended a job fair. But if you want to avoid moving back into your parent’s basement post tassel-turn, here are a few tips to get you on the right track toward success.

Get your resume organized – Chances are you already have a rough draft of your work history, experience and any special skills you might have acquired over the course of your college career, but keep in mind that your resume speaks loads about who you are as a professional, educated individual. Most employers only spend on average of six seconds glancing over each resume, which is why yours needs to stand out among the stack. Organization, relevance and simplicity are key in developing a resume that screams “Hire me!”

Create a job search profile—or 100 – If you have a phone, which you obviously do, looking for a job can be convenient and fun, so you really have no excuse to not be looking! Employment websites like CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, Simply Hired and SnagAJob are all applications that you can carry around with you in your pocket. And the best part is that they’re all free! Thousands of job listings all around the country are constantly being updated on these sites, and they are all literally at the tip of your fingers.

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Don’t stop applying – We all have that one job that we would do almost anything for an interview. But the reality is that if you want it that bad, you must be willing to work for it. I’m not suggesting that you apply for jobs that you don’t want, but I you should apply for jobs that might not be as interesting as your dream job.

Make follow-up calls – Employers love follow-ups! For the jobs that you’ve applied for, you should call roughly a week after you’ve submitted your application, resume and cover-letter. Ask to speak to whomever you directly wrote your cover letter, and ask about the status of your application. Be polite! This is the person’s first verbal interaction with you, and you want to be professional. Who knows? Your follow-up call could turn into a phone interview!

Just remember, your time will come. And even if all of your friends have jobs lined up, but remember, the job search is a process, not a competition. Just be at peace knowing that the Lord has ways to provide for you that you never would have imagined.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11  

Celia Harris ’16

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