5 Ways College Students Can Tackle the Spring Job Search

Warm weather can really be a distraction but that doesn’t mean your job search needs to suffer. Most opportunities become available during the spring time. A lot of students will be looking for work in the spring time and come the summer they’re looking to hear back from a company they’ve applied to. Winter is over, spring is here and summer is right around the corner. Don’t be the one playing catch up.


1. Get a Routine

Yeah, we know it’s getting a little warmer each day, but don’t let it get the best of you. Wake up, eat breakfast, and apply. You just got out of class and you have some free time – apply. Work out keep the blood pumping, a healthy body equals a healthy mind. After you work out don’t be lazy apply, apply, and oh yeah, apply! There are many other routines you can do besides that too, cater your expectations to what you need to get done throughout the day.


2. Create a Job Search Plan

Don’t just start your job search all unorganized. Don’t forget where you’ve applied to, what job position you’ve applied for, and who you’ve applied to. Keep track of organizations, job descriptions, due dates, and contact information. Just create a spreadsheet or use an organizational tool to stay on track. Organizational skills go a long way, and it shows when you’re being interviewed. Don’t forget to break up your search experience and avoid mistakes.


3. Doing an Informational Interview Wouldn’t Hurt

Conducting an informational interview is a great way to gain insight on the company you want to work for. It allows you to stand out among the other applicants by communicating your interest in a professional career path or organization. An informational interview will only last 20 to 30 minutes, so take some time out of your day and get that information you need to get the job you want. “Thirty-three percent of employers dismiss candidates who know nothing about their company or products,” according to a survey done by Career Shift, a job hunting and career management solution.


4. Working on Your Days Off

Yeah, you want to party with your friends and have a “Sunday Funday” because you know you have that Monday off. You don’t even know why you’re off but you know you’re not doing any homework. Well you don’t have to do homework but it wouldn’t hurt to do some introspection of where you stand professionally. Pull up that résumé you crafted a year ago and make sure it’s up to date, take a second and read a couple of articles about your industry – educate yourself outside of class, and analyze your efforts and experiences. After you’ve done at least one of those things then consider partying. Hey you’re drunk but at least you know you did something besides drinking today.


5. Staying On Campus this Summer? Become a Student Brand Ambassador.

So, you just got back from spring break and you had a great time. You ate some home cooked meals and saw some old friends, but you don’t want to go back and you know you have to. We all know it’s hard to get your gears grinding back into that study, sleep, party routine. But this is second semester so you’re also worried about getting the experience you need for that career you’re studying for. How are you going to get it and where do you find the experience? Student ambassadorship programs are a valuable experience and can have a lasting impact on a student’s career decision. College students can foster mentoring relationships, create corporate connections, make money, and gain the experience they need to get a head start on their career path. For more information flex your power below.

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