Thursday, March 30, 2006

It’s spring. Do you know where your job search is?

Serious spring fever hasn’t hit yet but it’s pretty close. With temps hovering around 65 and birds singing, the last thing most students want to do today is sit in a library. Even worse, contemplate The Job Hunt, synonomous for many seniors with an identity shift from life long student to professional. Too much to deal with at one time. So head-burying may seem like a better option, fueled by internal phrases like “I’ll find something when I graduate. It shoudn’t be too hard. Something will work out.” Anything other than face the frightening fact that in a few weeks you will no longer be a student.

So if the Big seems to much to handle, how about taking a few baby steps? Consider completing one of the following in the next week.

Baby Step 1:
Walk by your campus’ career development department. Even better, look in the door. See any friendly faces? Okay, that’s probably enough for one day.

Baby Step 2:
Walk into your career development office and look for a handout of services. No need to talk to anyone, unless one of the bright, friendly faces gets to you first. Walk out, handout in hand.

Baby Step 3:
Read over the list of services and choose one. Walk back to the office and make an appointment with a career counselor. I heard one senior say recently that this idea would never dawn on her friends. But, think about it. Career counselors are available to you practically free of charge. And they do the same things you’d pay hundreds of dollars for on the outside. Want a strking resume? These people are professional resume writers. Want to know what to say to employers? These people have helped hundreds of students. Want tips on searching for jobs? These people will let you in on insider tips.

I could go on but you get the point. Make use of what you’ve got at hand. In the words of one happy senior, “I wish I’d done this a long time ago.”

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 03/30 at 01:27 PM
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