It’s hard to juggle job hunting with classes and other scholarly responsibilities. Who has the time to fill out applications and prepare for interviews while studying for midterms? Luckily, there are several helpful online tools that make the process smoother than ever. It’s never going to be easy, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Plus, senior year is meant to be fun!
Here are some suggestions for making the job hunt successful and easy-to-manage.
• Make a Pinterest board featuring things that inspire you and ideas for your future career. Knowing what you want is always the first step.
• Set aside a few hours per week to focus on your job search. Google Calendar is a great way to manage time and events, from midterms to application deadlines. Study during the week and mark Saturday afternoons down for job hunting.
• Another great tool is TeuxDeux.com, a list-making website. Make notes for today or plan long-term goals, like passing all exams, applying for three jobs or attending two career fairs.
“In college, after I turned in some papers late, I decided to make a to-do list and carried it on a thumb drive,” says Jeb Ware, creator of the Tehda app for Android, another list-making service. “If I’d had Tehda and TeuxDeux when I was in college, it would’ve been a lot easier.”
Ware suggests that students use his app to remind them to do interview follow-ups. “Or to plan it. Make yourself a note to look up the company so the information is fresh in your mind,” he advises.
• Career fairs are extremely beneficial. But do not just show up, hand in a resume and leave. Emily Miethner, who started NY Creative Internships to help young people network, implores students to take advantage of these events since networking in person is more effective. “Nowadays, there are a lot of events where you can see the guest list so you can look people up ahead of time,” Miethner says. “Then, once you do meet people, immediately connect with them via Linkedin, even if you don’t think it’s a person who’ll offer you job the next day.” Set up what Miethner calls an “informational interview” to ask them questions about the job or for advice about their field.
• Take advantage of the three P’s – parents, peers and professors – for advice as well as connections. Leads from personal acquaintances account for a 33 percent chance of success, according to leading job-hunting expert Richard Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute.” (Ten Speed Press 2011)
“Forming relationships with your professors is hugely important,” says Miethner. “Let them know what your goals are, what positions you’re looking for and be really specific. When things come across their plate, you’ll be top of the line because they know what you’re looking for.”
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