Job Search Timeline

  • Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Years -- Don’t Procrastinate. It’s never too early to begin your job search!
    • This is a key time to sharpen skills, develop working relationships for possible references, and maintain or boost your GPA
    • Networking
      • Start talking to people within and outside of your family about your future career ideas.
    • Research Companies and Job Information in Fields of Interest (one place to look is Top Economic Jobs & Internships)
      • Company locations
      • Salaries
      • Application Information (deadlines, GPA requirements, internship requirements, etc.)
      • Worked days and Vacations
      • Potential scholarships?
    • Internships – A Crucial Step! Some of these opportunities might lead directly to a job offer.
  • Senior Year
    • Fall – YES…you should start now!
      • Before October Break
        • Prepare / update your resume including GPA, new relevant courses and experiences
          • Have your resume reviewed by your advisor, other professors in your department, and/or professionals employed in your field of interest before sending it out.
        • Research job opportunities (Check out “Top Economic Jobs & Internships” for more information on companies. Also, follow Hartwick's link to general job search engines.
        • Create a list of jobs to which you intend to apply. Remember, you can apply to a company even if no current positions are available.
      • Before Thanksgiving Break
        • Send out application material.
          • Most competitive job opportunities have early application deadlines
        • Purchase / gather interview clothes from home
      • Before the Christmas Break
        • Attend job fairs
        • Attend career services employer sessions, network training sessions, and on-campus interviews
        • Participate in a mock interview
        • Attend relevant workshops
        • Schedule job interviews
          • Application Interviews – at the request of the employer.
          • Informational Interviews and Networking -- at your request
            • Even if a job is not open, schedule informational meetings with employers to make contacts. If you impress one individual, they may refer you to other employers who are hiring.
    • Spring – Be *PROACTIVE* and not reactive
      • Update your resume with your new GPA, relevant academic projects, coursework, etc.
      • Have your resume reviewed by your career advisor and other professors again
      • Continue interviewing
      • Continue Networking
      • Continue sending resumes
      • Follow up on Resumes that you sent
      • Make companies aware that you remain interested
        • Nobody is going to look for you
        • Their knowledge of your desire for the job will only help you, but don’t overdo it
      • Follow up on interviews
        • Thank you notes
      • Job Confirmation
        • If you have selected a job, professionally let your other job opportunities know of this a. DON’T BURN ANY BRIDGES
        • Get a start date and paperwork done ASAP

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