College Seniors: 5 Job Search Tasks to Do Before Finals

Finals are just around the corner for many of you seniors—and that means your entry-level job search is that much closer. If, up until this point, you haven’t spent much time on job search tasks, there’s no better time than now to get started. Here’s how:

Create profiles on the main social networking sites. Ideally, you already have accounts on sites like Twitter and LinkedIn, because building your presence on social media sites doesn’t happen overnight. However, if up until this point you were unsure about the benefits of creating these networking accounts, sign up and completely fill out your information to start connecting with your network. Many employers look to these sites to learn more about candidates, so help them learn more about you by sharing your skills and expertise on social media sites.

Connect with your current network. Once you graduate from college, many of your fellow graduates will move away for job opportunities or head back home to prepare for several months of job searching. It can be easy to lose contact with peers, professors, and mentors along the way, so be sure to add them to your online network before you leave school.

Secure recommendation letters. Ideally, your request for a recommendation letter should be put in approximately one to two months before you need it. Professors and campus employees are busy toward the end of the semester just like you are—so be sure to follow-up on any requests you’ve made.

Build an online portfolio. Increase your visibility by buying your domain name (www.firstnamelastname.com) and creating an online portfolio to share with prospective employers. Include your best work samples, contact information, a resume, and recommendation letters. Once you’ve built a comprehensive website, include it on your job search documents and email signature.

Order business cards. At less than $10, business cards are an important investment for your job search. Bring them with you to networking events, conferences, industry events, and job interviews. You never know who you might meet – and how they could help you in your job search – so keeping some handy at all times is ideal to keeping in touch with new contacts. It also just looks professional! Be sure to include your full name, phone number, industry, website and email address on your cards to ensure new contacts can get in touch with you.

What other job advice do you have for prospective college graduates?

About Heather R. Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is the Career & Recruiting Advisor for Cachinko. She is also the founder & president of Come Recommended, the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

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