Summer is almost over, and you’re getting ready to start your senior year of college. Excited? Nervous? Anxious? Senior year can be an intense time. Afterward, you won’t be moving from one school to the next, you’ll be going out into the world and finding your first full-time job. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by thoughts of taking on “the real world.”
To help all the soon-to-be seniors, here are a few tips and tricks we’ve compiled to guarantee a fantastic and stress-free final year.
1) Stay organized
Whether you’re completing coursework or applying for jobs, being organized will save you from headaches. Depending on what works best for you, use a spreadsheet, a monthly calendar, phone apps, or a simple list in chronological order. Here you can include dates such as application deadlines, exams, and career fairs you’ve planned to visit.
For all applications and submissions, set up folders on your computer and store duplicate files in each of them. Google Drive is a great solution for this because you can download, edit, and access your files from anywhere.
2) Jump start your job search
When it comes to applying for jobs, it helps to apply early. Starting early in the year will help you gain perspective about what recruiters are looking for. It will also make you aware of skills you need to strengthen. Aim to start the process at the beginning of the year, and accelerate it in the second half.
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3) Build your resume
Your resume is the most critical part of your job search. A poorly composed resume can derail an otherwise great candidate. Create a resume that focuses on your experience, key accomplishments, skills, and education. HR departments now use Application Tracking System (ATS) to sieve through resumes. This means that using the right keywords and phrases is essential. To know more about incorporating keywords in your resume, check out this article.
4) Prepare your online brand
This is the time to bring professionalism to your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Check your privacy settings and be careful about what you post. You wouldn’t want an embarrassing picture of a night out with your friends to jeopardize your chances of getting your dream job!
If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet, make one and start building your network. Follow pages relevant to your field and watch for their news, updates, and employee changes.
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5) Visit Career Services
Pay a visit to the Career Services at your university. Let them take a look at your resume and give suggestions on where to apply. They might also give you a mock interview to help you prepare. It’s a great service that’s offered for free at colleges, so take advantage of it!
6) Kick your studies into higher gear
This is your final shot to improve your GPA. There will be a lot of distractions in your senior year but don’t neglect your studies. Give it all you’ve got, and try to at least maintain, if not improve, your grades.
Now that you’re in your senior year, you should be on top of your degree requirements. Stay on the safe side and meet with your Academic Advisor to map out your remaining course requirements. Verify any classes you still need to take and ensure that you’re able to register for everything that you need.
7) Polish your skills
As you start working on your job search and find out what employers want, you might discover that you’re coming up short of required skills. Maybe you aren’t proficient enough in Microsoft Office. Maybe your Adobe Illustrator skills aren’t as developed as required. Whatever the case may be, now’s the time to make an effort and bridge those gaps!
8) Start networking
Build, cultivate, and utilize your network of contacts. Use your classmates, professors, and other connections to help build your network. Consider doing an internship to make contacts while working in the industry. Grab business cards whenever you can, but remember there’s a fine line between being enthusiastic and being pushy. Cultivate genuine connections.
9) Get recommendations
Whether you’re applying to grad school or potential jobs, you’ll need recommendations. Aim for a set of recommendation letters that cover a range of your skills. Reach out to individuals who will provide a current perspective on you. They also need to be willing to provide their contact information. Even if they know you well, it’s a good idea to take some time to speak with them to discuss your accomplishments and plans for the future. Don’t forget to write them a thank-you after receiving the letter of rec!
10) Visit recruitment and career fairs
Recruitment fairs are great opportunities to meet company representatives. You can learn about available entry-level positions and internships. Find out dates of fairs at your college or in your region and mark it on your calendar; you wouldn’t want to miss out!
With never-ending deadlines and submissions, it may seem that there’s not enough time to relax. This isn’t true. As long as you are organized and proactive, you’ll conquer your last year in college!
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