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How early is too early to start looking for a job before graduating senior year?

Topic: Getting a Job | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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It is never too early to start looking for a job before graduation. Even if you don't get employed full time during your senior year, you can try to get an internship or apprenticeship. This will help you to learn about the business world. It will also help you to network and build your reputation as a good worker. When you are ready to apply for a job, you will have references and people that you can ask for recommendations. Don't get discouraged and be positive. It is difficult to get a job in today's economy!

Answered by: Sarahsparks T. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never too early to start looking. You should definitely start calling and asking around for any potential hiring that could be happening. Also, put yourself in positions where you will get to meet and talk to people in your profession and listen to what they have to say. People like to tell stories about how they got hired into their field. Then, in your last semester before graduating, create your resume. Take it to career services at your school and let them look at it and approve it. Then, start sending out resumes and making phone calls. The worst thing is to have graduated and realize you've arrived after the party is over.

Answered by: L Platter F. | almost 4 years ago
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It's never too early to start looking for a job. Many companies and places of employment offer summer internships and positions over winter break. If you're interested in getting your feet wet immediately, I'd check out any job fairs and talk to your advisor right away. If your school has a career center I'd be sure to pay them a visit as well. Career centers often have a lot of great ways to get in touch with employers nearby who are looking for graduates.

Answered by: Mixtape C. | almost 4 years ago
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It's a more challenging market than when I graduated in '04, but I started applying about 3 months out. I think in that time frame most employers will consider you a serious candidate. If you've done an internship, you can put some feelers out there earlier, too. But I would begin developing your cover letter and resume skills much earlier, and spend the school year, when you have time, browsing jobs so you can see what the market is like.

Answered by: Irishboy51 Z. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never too early to start looking for a job! The earlier you have a job lined up or an idea of where you might work by the time you graduate, the better. Make sure you get the ball rolling as early as possible.

Answered by: Barney B. | almost 4 years ago
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The trick is to have enough time to find potential employers, interview, and go through the hiring process. Typically starting to get your resume together during your senior year is important. Then during your last semester in college is a good time to start pursuing interviews for job opportunities. Most employers are willing to wait a few weeks or months for graduation if they hire you.

Answered by: Turker Y. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never too early to look. Having a summer internship after your sophmore or junior year may give you an in at a company. Typically the late fall and into the winter is the time most people start looking for a job.

Answered by: Bitchstewie U. | almost 4 years ago
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I started putting together my resume during the beginning of my senior year. I started sending out resumes near the beginning of second semester. I did interviews throughout the spring semester and got a job offer right before graduation. You need time to get your resumes sent out and interviews arranged. Most employers are willing to wait a few months until you graduate once they decide to hire you.

Answered by: Turker Y. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never too early! If you start early, you'll get more options. You'll learn quickly if that job field is for you and you can test yourself out at interviews.

Answered by: Apple Tarte X. | almost 4 years ago
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It's never too early to start looking for a job in your chosen career field. All that matters is that you do not put lie about your credentials. Make sure you put your degree as "in progress" or IP, and not mislead employers to think you already have it. If you are only a few months away from obtaining your degree, then go ahead and write it as if you already have it.

Answered by: Mayell U. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never too early because, at the very least, you will become familiar with what kinds of jobs are out there. You can view potential internship positions as well. Keep in mind that the available jobs may change quite a bit in the next few years, for better or for worse. Knowing what's out there is half the battle.

Answered by: Anrimala36 C. | almost 4 years ago
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I started looking for a job my junior year to see what was available. It is never too early, it shows initiative on your part. Make sure you tell the places you are applying for when you will be graduating.

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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In all honesty it is never too early to start looking for a job. However, if you are worried you won't be able to handle both the pressures of school and work then start looking for a job in the final two months of senior year. The sooner you can get hired the better off you will be and you will likely avoid having a lot of competition from those students who waited until graduation to start looking. Just keep in mind it may not be easy to find work, so give yourself a few extra weeks to account for possible rejections. If you find a job a little early (say within the final few weeks of school) just let your future boss know you are dealing with graduation. He will possibly let you work part-time through the end of school and then let you work full-time upon graduation.

Answered by: Jake Garrett N. | almost 4 years ago
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When to start looking for a job after graduating depends upon your field and the type of work you are looking for, but it is never too early. Many companies begin recruiting in the early Spring to review applications of recent graduates. If your school has a career services center, it is a good idea to see what resources are available, as they may have scheduled times when companies will visit the school for interviews or career fairs. If you know of certain companies, developing a relationship with them far in advance of your graduation is beneficial to finding a job. Summer internships and informational interviews are good ways to network within different companies and industries. When you are ready to look for a job, having these contacts will give you an advantage in the hiring process.

Answered by: Ezra M O. | almost 4 years ago
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You can look for a job anytime. Alot of students work when they turn 16 all through high school. if you are applying for a job to begin after graduation you should wait until at least 3 or 4 weeks before you graduate. this gives employers the ability to look at how their lack of personal could affect the buissness until you begin.

Answered by: Jkroller Q. | almost 4 years ago
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I would schedule an appointment with your career services advisor or your school's counselor as soon as you can. They can help you find and apply for jobs. The earlier the better!

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | almost 4 years ago
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It's never too early to start looking for a job before graduating. However, keep in mind that even though your major is set and your goals are probably decided, you may have a change of heart before you're handed that diploma, so don't lock yourself into anything you're not 100% sure of. But it's never too early to start getting your name out there in your field of choice. You don't even have to send resumes or applications to start this process; sending a letter of inquiry to businesses in your field of interest can be a good way to get an idea of the current job market. Besides asking if they have any positions available, you can ask about the general hiring policies in your field, what they would be looking for in a new hire, and the benefits of working in your field and/or their company in particular.

Answered by: Jro81 C. | almost 4 years ago
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it is never too early. try submitting your resume wherever you can as early as you can. if you get an offer while still in school simply say that you can start as soon as you graduate.

Answered by: Www U. | almost 4 years ago
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Do not start looking for a job before you have a degree date set. This is at least twelve months before graduation, if not one or two semesters before. It burns your bridges with employers to interview and then refuse a position. However, you need to start looking by the time you start your final semester.

Answered by: Tbw R. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never to early for looking for a job during your senior year. Due to the tough economic times, it is best to start working on gaining connections during your junior year and keep in contact so they will remember you when you are applying for a job. I would also keep up with internships as they would normally hire after graduating.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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The answer to this one is simple. It is never too early. Companies will be impressed that you are looking so early, they will see that you are proactive and have a true interest in working for them. Plus, it is nice to have a job lined up right after graduation!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | almost 4 years ago
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I would start the job search at least six months before graduation. Many jobs are not immediately available and have a wait time before they start. Some employers will also hire conditionally, bases on your actual graduation from college. The sooner you start the more practice you will have with resume writing and interviewing skills.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never too early to start looking for a job. If you must graduate before starting a job, tell the employers that information during the interview. It is bad to be chosen for the job and then telling them you cannot start immediately.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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Go ahead and make a list of prospective companies that you wish to work for. I would go ahead and call to set up an appointment to speak to someone and let them know you are interested in working with them to find out if they have any openings. This will give you a chance to learn how things work at their company and possibly give you a head start.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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I would schedule an appointment with your career services advisor or your school's counselor as soon as you can. They can help you find and apply for jobs. The earlier the better!

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | almost 4 years ago
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It's never too early to start looking for a job before graduating. However, keep in mind that even though your major is set and your goals are probably decided, you may have a change of heart before you're handed that diploma, so don't lock yourself into anything you're not 100% sure of. But it's never too early to start getting your name out there in your field of choice. You don't even have to send resumes or applications to start this process; sending a letter of inquiry to businesses in your field of interest can be a good way to get an idea of the current job market. Besides asking if they have any positions available, you can ask about the general hiring policies in your field, what they would be looking for in a new hire, and the benefits of working in your field and/or their company in particular.

Answered by: Jro81 C. | almost 4 years ago
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it is never too early. try submitting your resume wherever you can as early as you can. if you get an offer while still in school simply say that you can start as soon as you graduate.

Answered by: Www U. | almost 4 years ago
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Do not start looking for a job before you have a degree date set. This is at least twelve months before graduation, if not one or two semesters before. It burns your bridges with employers to interview and then refuse a position. However, you need to start looking by the time you start your final semester.

Answered by: Tbw R. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never to early for looking for a job during your senior year. Due to the tough economic times, it is best to start working on gaining connections during your junior year and keep in contact so they will remember you when you are applying for a job. I would also keep up with internships as they would normally hire after graduating.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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The answer to this one is simple. It is never too early. Companies will be impressed that you are looking so early, they will see that you are proactive and have a true interest in working for them. Plus, it is nice to have a job lined up right after graduation!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | almost 4 years ago
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I would start the job search at least six months before graduation. Many jobs are not immediately available and have a wait time before they start. Some employers will also hire conditionally, bases on your actual graduation from college. The sooner you start the more practice you will have with resume writing and interviewing skills.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never too early to start looking for a job. If you must graduate before starting a job, tell the employers that information during the interview. It is bad to be chosen for the job and then telling them you cannot start immediately.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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Go ahead and make a list of prospective companies that you wish to work for. I would go ahead and call to set up an appointment to speak to someone and let them know you are interested in working with them to find out if they have any openings. This will give you a chance to learn how things work at their company and possibly give you a head start.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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Most of the people I knew who graduated into jobs had already interned/temped with the company. I'd heavily suggest taking your Junior to Senior summer and look at that as your "interview" phase. Find a local company that's in your area of interest, call someone up (alumni can help here, as can on-campus job centers) and express a desire to work as an intern. You won't get much money, but you'll learn a lot, and if you make a good impression, it will be far easier to get a full time position come graduation. Good luck!

Answered by: Rob M. | almost 4 years ago
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You can never start too early. It is always a good idea to visit career fairs while you are in school to look for internships and create relationships with companies so when you are ready for the job search you have experience with interviewing and you have contacts to reference. For internships you can start as early as sophomore year. For a full time job after you graduate I would look all through your senior year to see what companies you may be interested in and start sending our your resume.

Answered by: Uihawk34 P. | almost 4 years ago
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You should start looking six months to one year before you graduate, especially if you are looking in the corporate environment. Getting hired on at a big company takes time, so if you want a job right out of college, you need to prepare. It is also good for you to have interviews lined up, even before you graduate. It shows initiative.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | almost 4 years ago
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You want to start looking as early as possible. Some companies will start hiring in the fall for you to start in the summer. Many college seniors what to have the summer off before starting work full time, so that might not be the right option for you. I would say to start looking in the early spring, just to see what is available. You should get your resume reviewed by your university___s career center and also go to some interview training. This way you'll be prepared for your first interview. It may take several months and many applications to even get an interview, so keep that in mind.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on what kind of job. If it an average burger joint operation one can never be too early. However if it is a job that has to do with a college major then you may want to wait until yoy know for sure if what your pursuing is what you want to make your career. If this is the case i would wait until your junior or senior year. This way you know your major is intersting and fulfilling to you.

Answered by: Average Joe D. | almost 4 years ago
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It is never too early to start looking for a job. You can even start off as a apprentice and once you graduate senior year you can advance with your degree. If you don't have the free time, maybe you should focus more on school before pushing yourself with huge loads of work. Otherwise, you can get started right this minute!.

Answered by: Phrisch Later A. | almost 4 years ago
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Of course it depends on your field. In education, it's silly to look for a job before the end of the previous school year. In business, the hiring cycle is year-round, but your qualifications may make it easier for you to get a job depending on economic factors. Always have your resume ready, and be sending out feelers all the way through your senior year. Work family connections, and relationships you built through college.

Answered by: Grad12 I. | almost 4 years ago
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f you will be a summer graduate (May - July), I would start looking in early spring. When you send out resumes, be sure to put your graduation date. There are employers that will interview and consider hiring a student who is graduating within six months. It's a great thing to plan ahead, start looking soon and when you find something you like, apply and sell yourself on that interview!

Answered by: Upallnight I. | almost 4 years ago
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Honestly, you can't overdue it. Starting to LOOK for a job is different than APPLYING for a job. It's never too early to look for a job, but applying too early might hurt your chances.

Answered by: Tbowser Y. | almost 4 years ago
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