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Old 03-16-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Hey everyone! I am a college senior graduating in early August. When should I start applying for jobs? My degree is a general degree so I do not have any specific field and I do not have an exact job I am looking for. I plan on looking at jobs online and seeing one I like and am qualified for and applying... that type of thing. I just do not know when to start applying.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

thanks!!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:25 PM
 
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so I do not have any specific field

the way that sounds to me is that you are not really qualified to do anything ...
you have general skills and general knowledge...so how helpful was a 4 yr degree?
sorry if that sounds critical but with all the competition in the work force why do you think you would be a better employee that someone with specific skills in a specific field--
what job do you think you can qualify for?

Have you worked during college and learned any customer service skills or created a work history that shows you are dependable and capable?
Have you signed up for any campus interviews with companies that are coming to search for new hires?
Have you created a resume for yourself that outlines your skills/talents
Have you cleaned up any social media sites you post on to rid them of noxious posts/photos that show you are anything but mature, responsible adult?
Have you gone through any on-line job sites to see what work you think you are qualified to do and checked your competency against what is required?

I would think since you don't graduate until August that June is probably the earliest you could start applying--and some companies pay any attention if they check your graudation date and see it has not happened...
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:44 AM
 
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I am with loves2read on this one. Your best bet would be figure out specifics of who you are and what you can do. You might want to start by goign through a temp agency or recruiter office. They usually have assessments that you can do to help you narrow down what you would be good at and they have contacts who trust their placements as my fear is you will struggle to get a hiring manager to look at you.

I say this as someone who has done a lot of hiring and recruiting in my life.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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Use your campus' career services office, and interview with the employers that come on campus. Good luck.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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Awesome. Thanks for all of your advice. My degree is a general degree with concentrations in psychology, communications and interdisciplinary studies. I have taken aptitude tests and know my strengths and weaknesses. I specifically chose this degree after academic counseling because many people do not work in the field their degree is in. This is a growing trend. Having a degree shows I can finish things and have a deeper understanding than a high school graduate. I have been working at a law firm for the past 3 years and do not know if law is something I care to continue with.
I was not suggesting I apply in hopes the employer does not see the graduation date, I was asking when I should apply and the anticipated graduation date be ok.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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have you done search or Monster.com or any other jobs site--even TX Workforce to see what your degree pulls up???
Start searching now--
apply as soon as you see an entry level job that you feel you can meet requirements for--
send in your cover letter with explanation of graduation date and a resume

and I don't know where you got your academic counseling but I think you are headed to grad school

my 2 cents--
your courses indicate you probably have strong social skills, good verbal fluency and writing ability, and probably high levels of empathy--you likely want to help people...
but you won't find lot of jobs--jobs that lead upward-- that ask for those skills

if you had been steered to courses that tie technical skills to your abilities then you might have considered fields like
speech pathology/audiology
library science --
instructional technology/design with emphasis on media/e-learning (an up and coming field)
business with emphasis on marketing/market research, advertising, hotel management, or real estate
public administration which offers careers in foreign service, grant writing, public relations

there are even degrees in fields like Disaster Management which does not necessarily mean working for FEMA--but could lead to job with UN, Red Cross, or private foundations

what do you consider an ideal job for you?
where would you like to be 5 yrs from now?
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