Step 5: A Few Notes on Timing

With graduation in December, I started my job search in early September.  I couldn't wait to get my name out there and begin the interviews.  This experience was incredibly disheartening, since no one really wanted to talk to me until I was days away from graduation.  In fact, I didn't receive many replies until the middle of November.  Some of my early September submission were held until December.  While this isn't always the case, recruiters seem have immediate needs for positions. 

Many large companies do have recent graduate programs.  Whenever possible, find these, as they will setup to accommodate someone like yourself much better in the interview and application process.

Timing was something I had no perspective on going into my job search.  Looking back on it, I would still start, aggressively, in September.  However, if I could have known to expect the delay in responses I could have saved a lot of str
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Thanks for the advice
You give some great advice on refining your resume (on paper and in pixels) and applying to jobs through a traditional route, like job boards. I really liked your section on getting reviews/feedback from contacts on LinkedIn. I'd also recommend taking people out in your industry to &quot;coffee&quot; and asking them about their careers. This does 2 things: 1. it builds your network and 2. it gives you inside information on what to include in your resume.
Very interesting, thank you.
<div style="margin: 0.0in 0.0in 10.0pt;"><span style="line-height: 115.0%;font-size: 9.0pt;">great general advice, I am a recent (graduated in may), double major (business and sociology), can agree with everything you&rsquo;ve said, recently found a job that equated to my degree i.e. not cashiering at Safeway etc, not to belittle those jobs, but I got alota college debt to get my degree, anyways, I found for job searches, since I did not have a technical degree like you seem to have, craigslist to be the best, I got the most responses and interviews through that site, monster and others have millions of pyramid door to door salesmen who make themselves look like something they are not. <br /> If someone is reading this for help finding jobs, my business department head told us the class of 09 to start searching for jobs in September (graduating in may), and usually people don&rsquo;t start till a month or 2 before graduation, and usually he recommended an average of 200 apps sent out to find a good job, for us he told us 500, no joke.<br /> there were some articles, I can find the links if need be stating that the average graduate having a job within a year of graduating has switched in the most recent years from 70-80% employed to around that percent being unemployed. I'm sure the numbers were exaggerated.<br /> in my opinion in these tough times for jobs, the major advice for graduates,&nbsp; hopefully this changes by end of this school year, is be willing to take less than you want pay/benefits for a job with good experience, and an in to a good company that can lead to more down the road. second you will hear this 2 million times and maybe like me just blow it off as yea I got friends and alota relatives blah blah, but really, network, it is the best way to get a job in the hard times, all my friends with jobs or getting jobs have gotten their resume handed in to the ceo or hr by a friend or connection that works in the company...it sounds small but it helps...alot<br /> third if you have the time, money w/e, if need be take part time contract work, or an internship, if it fills the empty space, keep looking for something better, but what will you say if in a year you find your dream job, you are lucky enough to get an interview, and they ask you so what have you been doing for the past year? I know it&rsquo;s true but, the excuse of &quot;its the economy&quot; is getting old already. </span></div>
Hi, <br>Some really interesting points have been made in this discussion. I just wanted to add that I came across a really good company that offer advice and stuff. They're called GRB and I signed up to them at fresher's fair and their website is really useful for interview/cv hints and tips, and recent employment news, as well as looking for internships or grad jobs. <br>Have a look for yourselves, http://www.grb.uk.com/ and good luck everyone! <br>
it sounds like you are very frustrated with the job search. I think you need to find several experts who specialize in advice for you.&nbsp; Game Avatar HD. In bad economic times, jobs are scarce. When you are fresh out of college and have no professional experience, the only way to land a job is to know someone who can give you one or introduce you for a job
I've found that lots of tech companies post interesting job ads on Craigslist. I personally found some good work that way. What's true with a lot of smaller gigs though (website dev, etc) is that they often get taken by somebody else.<br><br>So I've built a website that helps me track craigslist and other classifieds sites using text messages.<br><br>How it works: search for work that's relevant to your skills, copy/paste resulting link into my app, and done! You'll now receive SMS text messages whenever new ads matching your search are posted.<br><br> Check it out, let me know what you think: <a href="http://gregspulse.com" rel="nofollow">Greg's Pulse</a><br><br>cheers, grigory.
While your Instructable is obviously aimed at the recent graduate, It shows a lot of wisdom that even people who are looking for a more 'experienced' position would do well to pay attention to.&nbsp; Very Nice Writeup.<br /> <br />
great article!<br /> One good site for journalism peeps is journalismjobs.com.<br /> I haven't been having luck landing a job, but I'm hoping it's true about persistence.<br /> Good luck, everyone!<br /> Our inability to find a job is not necessarily a bad reflection of ourselves, but more likely on this sh*tty economy!<br />
Bribery has always worked throughout history. Promise to give the person in charge of hiring 10-20 percent (or more) of what you make for an XYZ amount of time, and once hired honor that agreement. (Instead, straight out handing them a stack of cash works as well.) And before anyone squawks about legality remember this, in the world of business there is no law as long as you don't get caught. Keep it hushhush and it never happened. This has been a unwritten rule of business since the beginning of time and will never change so long as human greed is what promotes people to produce.<br /> It's a sad state of affairs to have to resort to this but you are talking about your livelihood and the possibility of keeping yourself fed and a roof over your head. There are too few jobs out there and too many monkeys lining up to get them. I have seen this done many times in the past and it usually works like a charm. Everyone has their price. It is up to you to figure out what that price may be and pay it promptly and covertly.<br /> <br /> This may sarcasm or it may not be. Think about it.

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