THINKING ABOUT A CAREER ... BEFORE YOU START COLLEGE
It can be very helpful to know what jobs are hiring BEFORE you choose your major in college. Why major in a subject that will lead to little potential of a job! Remember you will likely have some loans to repay and you'll need a good salary to make those payments.
If you want information on what majors to consider - click here. You'll see the list of the top 100 jobs for 2014. The top 100 jobs for 2013 are available as well - so you'll be able to look for trends.
How To Get and Keep A Job ... Important Tips
Career Solutions Publishing is a local company that offers many veryvaluable tips on how to get a job as well as how to keep a job. These and other posted tips can really make a difference as you are thinking about your career path after college (as well as any summer jobs or internships).
ABOUT TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE
Your senior year of college and you are starting to think about ..... what next?? Finding a job is a process - think through some of these hints below to help make this process as successful as possible.
Start to look at job options in the fall of your senior year. Don’t wait until the spring when you think it’s time. By then many places are already finished hiring. In the fall you can start to go on interviews, just tell them that you won’t be ready to start until May or June of 2017. Most places get that!
Use your college's career placement office!! Become best friends with the folks there.
Go to any career fairs that you see posted. The more the better. If your major lends itself to lots of job options - then great! If you aren’t in a great major for job options - so you’ll need as much exposure as you can get.
Line up some interviews with companies that you don’t plan to work for. Why? It’s NEVER good interview with a company where you want the job if you’ve not practiced interviewing with someone else first. It’s just good to have a few general interviews under your belt before it really counts.
Get your resume ready well in advance of graduation. You can always alter it as needed, but if something comes up - you want to be ready!
Get names of anyone you interview with and write them a handwritten thanks letter a few days later.
Last but should be first - for any resume, application, or thanks letters - PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, AND PROOFREAD AGAIN. Even one small spelling or grammar mistake can tank a candidate. Then find someone to look at the materials and proofread them for you!
Try these tips for finding the job you want
Getting your first "real" job can be tough, because employers want experience, but you don't have that experience. Use these helpful tips to land that first job!
Connect with your career center. You may turn a job you see there into a different job you want.
Use more than one online job board. If you're looking for a job in accounting, look for job boards about accounting jobs. For other careers, look for their job boards.
Identify companies in your career area. Look on each company's website for job openings.
Don't dismiss temporary employment agencies. Temp jobs are great for gaining experience and getting your foot in the door with a company.
Volunteer. Any volunteer experience can serve as a source of networking contacts. Ideally, volunteer in an organization related to your career choice.
Get out of your house and introduce yourself! It's tempting to look online for a job, but people hire people.
Clean up your online dirt. Potential employers look at your social media, so show your best side. Nothing is ever private on the Internet, despite privacy settings.
Stay connected. Your friends with a job may be able to help you secure one, too. Many companies offer incentives to employees who refer applicants.
Keep in mind that any job is better than no job at all. An interviewer prefers to hear you are working, rather than hanging out just looking for a job.
Jobs without a college degree
If you are looking for a summer job, or you just don't think 4 years of college is for you, then you might look at this page - there are suggestions for possible job options and ideas to consider.
The T&E Care Job Assistance page has LOTS of information about local job options, how to do a resume, and general good job tips. The information on this page changes regularly, so check back often if you are looking for a job!
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