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Old 08-20-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

So I am finally reaching the end of my college years. Bittersweet. It has been quite the journey.

I am going to graduate in April with a Bachelor of Business-Marketing Research with an English Minor and Writing Certification.

I would like to start applying now but is it too early if I can start full time work in May? Some tell me to start in December when I have just 3 or 4 months left until graduation but would it hurt to start now?

Just wanted some opinions. I am determined to have one foot in front of the other and do my best to have a job upon graduation. Never too late to think ahead.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Default Timing is not as critical as other factors...

You can land a great job if you "apply" anytime, what you need to be thinking about is what your skills can do for potential employers.

If you've done any internships those should have helped you get a handle on both the tasks that employers may be hoping to have your perfrom as well as your ability to do them.

If you have not done any thing like that your taks is MUCH harder and it will be very important for you to assess what potential employers may be willing to hire someone with your skills.

College placement office may be a good placce to start, as they often break out the firms doing on campus recruiting as to what majors that each firm will consider. Sometimes going back a few years in the database will give you an insight as to which firms may have been ore active in past years -- sometimes directly contacting such firms is fruitful even if they are not scheduled to do any on-campus recruiting.

Really is hard to beat the leg up you can get from a well run college placement office but if you do your research NOW you should be able to make contact with at least a few firms that may have hired folks in your situation in past years and if you can impress an actual "line manager" as opposed to just get bounced around by HR you dramatically increase your potential for starting your career off to a great beginning.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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Start now. When I graduated from college (five years ago), I was given a job offer in October and accepted it in the first week of November. The offer was contingent upon me graduating with certain grades/etc., but absolutely start now.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Not too early - look for any opportunities to get your foot in the door now (part time, internships, etc.). To some extent, it can be argued that you might be a bit behind as some of your peers might already be working/interning.

Given the job markets - you want to look at all avenues/opportunities.

Just my .02.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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Now. If you have a career center at your college I would work with them. My college career center helped me land my first job out of college.
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