Jump-start your career by getting a job before you graduate!
Most students are so overwhelmed with all the tasks necessary to complete their education that they wait to start their job search after they graduate. Take advantage of this and start your job search early to get your name higher on the "potential employee" list. One of the personality traits employers highly value is initiative and by contacting potential employers while you are still in school demonstrates your foresight and motivation.
• Create a list of potential employers. Get their addresses, phone numbers and the names and titles of the people who have hiring authority.
• Network, network, network! Talk to people; let them know you're available. Ask for leads. Remember, quite often it's who you know that gets you the job.
• Set up initial contact on the phone. You must be well-organized; know your purpose and goals for this call. The primary goal, of course, is to get an interview.
• Send your resume and cover letter. If you don't get an interview from this initial contact, send a resume with a cover letter, or just send a letter.
• Be persistent. If you have not received a response within five days of the potential employer having received your letter, call them.
• Stay visible. In some cases, endurance pays off. If you keep yourself so visible that an employer is fully aware you really want to work for her company, you may get the job out of sheer persistence.
Check out Interview Questions You Can Ask and Potential Employer Checklist at www.futureLMT.com for more ways to prepare for an interview. For additional resources, including a "Job Interview Checklist," visit Issue 3's Online Resources.