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It’s never too soon to start thinking about your first job after graduation!
Before you even earn a diploma, you can:
Students often find it difficult to create resumes because they have little work experience. Many turn to a professional writing service in order to have a resume that reflects the academic achievements and experience they have acquired.
In fact, University Language Services specializes in writing resumes for current students, recent graduates and graduate students. An affordable resume writing service like ULS takes away the pressure of creating a resume in the correct style, format and language and allows you to spend more time searching for an actual job or internship.
Whether you use a professional resume company or create your own resume, remember to periodically update the document to list new resume skills, activities, achievements and work or internship experience.
When you are narrowing the list of colleges where you want to send an application, find out what services they provide to students and alumni looking for a job after graduation.
When you make a campus visit, stop by the college or university’s career services office.
Check if the office keeps a list of companies who are seeking employees. You also can ask advisers there how they help students find a job after graduation.
The academic department of your college major also could have a list of job openings specifically for people in your field.
Some schools or departments have a strong relationship with a local employer that regularly hires students for a job after graduation. After you begin to study in the US, talk to professors or attend a local job fair to learn if that is the case.
You also may want to consider a two-year community college or career-track college. Many make it a point to give you the specific skills you need to find a job after graduation directly related to your field of study.
A college job fair is a great way to explore your options and quickly make contacts with many different employers. Find out if the college you want to attend hosts a job fair for students looking for work.
Employers generally set up a booth, collect resumes, and are available to talk about the opportunities in their company. You even may be interviewed.
Attend job fairs even if you aren’t immediately seeking a full-time job. You can make contacts early or find an internship.
Large universities have alumni clubs throughout the US and around the world. Find out the location of international alumni clubs affiliated with the college or university you are considering.
As you approach graduation, you can contact the club nearest where you would like to live.
Ask the club president if he or she can provide you with the names and contact information of club members in your profession. Start networking: Ask them for advice about breaking into the field or whether they think attending graduate school is necessary.
If you are an international student, also consider contacting graduates of your university from your native country, no matter where they currently live. If you want to work in the US, they may have advice about getting a job after graduation.
Form relationships with professors. They may have information about job openings you won’t find elsewhere. They also are more likely to know who to contact about jobs at companies where you want to work after graduation.
Join professional organizations (or their college affiliate) and student career clubs as soon as you start college. You will meet people in your field and classmates in your area of study. Both can help you find a job after graduation– or maybe you can help them!
Even if you don’t immediately find the perfect job after graduation, you can use the skills you have learned and the contacts you have made to continue your search for your dream job.
No matter which accredited college you decide to attend, keep your career goals in mind as soon as you start your studies. If you take advantage of all of the employment services your university offers, you’ll find a job after graduation more easily.