From career fairs and internships to volunteer activities and resume development, a lot goes into securing your first job out of school. Our college recruiters, Kate and Carly, share their top three tips for making the most of your time on campus.
1. Get involved.
“Join organizations and clubs on campus. It’s a great way to meet other students, and companies often make presentations to these groups – another opportunity to network with employers,” says Carly. “Holding a leadership position within a club or organization helps you develop leadership skills.”
Kate suggests reaching out to a program advisor or a career services representative for advice on how to get involved with campus activities.
2. Attend career fairs.
Carly advises students to take advantage of campus recruiting events. “Whether you’re looking for an internship or you’re a freshman who wants to hone your networking skills, career fairs are the best way to get face time with potential employers.”
“Dress to impress: wear business-casual attire and bring plenty of resumes,” reminds Kate.
3. Visit the career services office.
“On-campus career services offer wonderful help with resumes, mock interviews, how to apply for jobs, etc.,” says Kate. She recommends stopping by early in the semester to learn how you can get the most out of these services.
Carly agrees, “Many companies post open positions to career services websites, where students can apply directly. Career services representatives can also help you build your resume and practice your interviewing skills.”