A young woman working at a laptopIt’s your final year of college! While it may seem too early to start thinking about your job search, some companies begin recruiting as early as October, so it can be helpful for you to start preparing now. Those who wait for the spring semester may find that they missed some great opportunities. Here are a few tips to help kick-start your job search this month.

Take advantage of career fairs and events

There are many opportunities to connect with employers at career fairs and events this fall. These events offer a chance to virtually network and meet recruiters who are looking to fill open positions.

Review upcoming events and mark your calendar for the ones you’re interested in attending. You can register for virtual career fairs on Handshake and review the list of employers who will be attending. Take note – students who have complete Handshake profiles have a better chance of meeting one-on-one with employers at the virtual fairs. If you haven’t already, update your Handshake profile.

Make sure your resume tells your story

Reflect on the skills and experience you’ve gained through your academic program, student organizations and any internships or other jobs you’ve had. Then, research job positions that interest you to see how your skills line up with careers in your desired industry. As you update your resume, be sure to highlight the skills that align with your field of interest. Consider removing activities from high school unless they directly relate to your field of interest. 

Creating a memorable resume can take time. For more tips, plan to meet with a career development advisor this month to have your resume reviewed. 

Update your LinkedIn profile

Once you’ve updated your Handshake profile and resume, your next step is to make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated as well. LinkedIn is a great tool for connecting with alumni, friends and employers. Complete your profile with a professional photo, contact information and your work experience. 

Clean up your online presence

Your online presence may not seem like something that would affect your job search, but it can. About 93% of employers will check the social media accounts of candidates during the interview process. What will they find if they search your profiles? Google yourself to see what information comes up, and delete any inappropriate content that you find. 

The job search process requires patience and effort especially during a pandemic. For more tips to help you get started, meet with a career development advisor. Career Services is open for some limited in-person visits, or virtual visits via Zoom, phone or LiveChat on the Career Services website Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about virtual appointments and drop-in hours.