October 12, 2021
Thousands of college students are graduating this December, but you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to begin looking for a job. Generally, students should get serious about finding a job three to four months before graduation. This is because finding jobs you like and want to apply to can take time, and applying can also be time-consuming. It also may take a month or two to hear back from an employer and maybe another month to interview. The sooner you start this process, the better your chance of successfully landing a job before graduating.
Below are several job boards to help in your search:
Another critical component of the job search is networking. (Learn how to develop a professional network here.) Students are encouraged to join professional associations for the industry they wish to work in, such as the Public Relations Society of America, the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, and the Michigan Nurses Association, among many others. (Find a professional association in your industry here.) Attend job fairs at your college or university, or find one hosted in the city or region you want to work in. Make a list of potential companies you want to work for and research whether these companies host their own job fairs or search their websites directly for job postings. You can also visit Let’s Detroit’s Grow Your Network page to see who you might know and reach out!
The power of leveraging your professional network cannot be understated. Check-in with previous internship directors or trusted professors. Let everyone know you are on the job hunt: You never know who may be able to provide you with a personal reference, which could get you one step closer to landing your dream job.