Your 2011 New Year's Resolution -- Make time for your job search!
January 5, 2011
The New Year means setting New Year's Resolutions, and for 88% of us - breaking them. On a related note, the New Year also marks the halfway point for recruiting here at ECS during the academic year. With these two thoughts in mind we wanted to suggest the following New Year's Resolution and discuss how to make it successful: "I will make time and put in the necessary effort to conduct a successful job search."
Every year as we progress further into the calendar year we see more and more students who are just beginning to start their job search. The most common reason for the delayed job search is something that makes us cringe when we hear it (from the unemployed): "I was too busy last quarter and didn't have the time to look for a job." Balancing classes, work and a social life is hard enough without a job search squeezed into the mix and I can certainly sympathize. I will graduate myself this quarter with my M.S. in Chemical Engineering, while working here at ECS and trying to conduct a successful job search. However, your job search is not something you can put on hold until the timing is convenient for you. Employer recruiting efforts, whether for internship, co-op or career employment, are mostly concentrated during autumn and winter quarters and once they're gone - they're gone.
So what can you do to find time and conduct a successful job search?
- Schedule an appointment with the appropriate ECS advisor by calling the front desk at 614-292-6651. We will work with you to make sure your resume is polished; your job search account is being utilized effectively, and answer any questions you may have. We want you to work smarter, not harder and see to it that your job search efforts are not in vain.
- Find a minimum of one to two hours per week to search and apply for jobs. Enter it on your class schedule or calendar. On-campus recruiting application windows are on weekly rotations and your job search should be also. Two hours a week is very manageable on almost any schedule and will ensure you have access to most recruiting activities. This two hour commitment does not have to be all in one sitting - fit this time in anywhere you can and take advantage of the 24/7 access you have to your job search account. I've heard of students using commercial time during episodes for Glee to fill out online applications.
Surprisingly, that's about it! A dedicated and prepared job search will get most people further along than you might think. Nearly all New Year's Resolutions that fail are due to poor planning and outrageous expectations. With this simple plan and outlined expectations you can keep to this Resolution and hopefully achieve your ultimate goal - a job.
"The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work."
Authored by Dan Lamone.