(Closed) When to apply? Graduating in May!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Can you start making coffee dates with people in some admissions departments to get to know them, the school, the jobs in their department, and so you’ll have someone to put in a good word for you when you apply.

 

I graduate in June (grad) and that’s pretty much the career advice they give us…always make contacts and try to get someone to go out to coffee with you before you apply anywhere lol.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@msbriezyb:  Start applying now. It can take weeks, if not months for places to conduct interviews and decide on a candidate. Given most places will buffer in a traditional 2 weeks between the offer and official start date, I think you would be fine if  you did get an offer soon.

It’s a tough job market, so I would start applying ASAP!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@msbriezyb:  Ahh yeah…someone did ask about applying out of state.  They suggested contacting your contacts in whatever state your applying and trying to find someone who can give your name a thumbs up as you apply.  They also said to check in with the department staff to see if anyone knows ANYONE in any of the states, cities, departments etc to give your name a thumbs up.

 

Basically, the advice above is correct.  Time wise, you’re not too early to apply.  You could have been applying months ago.  They will know when you’re able to start by looking at your resume and you can tell them upfront before you interview.

The hard part (according to my department career advisors) is that your resume will be in a stack of 200…so it’s just the hard way to go about it.

They suggest meeting people, making contacts, and getting your name thrown out for positions before they even hit the craigslist circle etc.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@msbriezyb:  It’s definitely not too early. My Fiance had a job set up in March when he graduated in May. I was already looking for jobs in January when I graduated in May. Actually quite a few people I went to school with had jobs set up already in January-February. Not sure if this is unique to engineering though.

Anyways, don’t worry about it being too early. If you are applying for an entry level position they will know that you are finishing up school before you can start to work for them.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@msbriezyb:  honestly, I would start applying now. It could take weeks! 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@msbriezyb: Is that closing date the last day the accept applications and then they start interviews after that? In my experience it can easily take a month from applying to the job to an actual offer so that may just be when they stop accepting applications. I would suggest going for it because it takes awhile for them to interview and decide so if you want a job right after you graduate, you need to account for that extra time. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@msbriezyb:  I would apply ASAP. These things always take weeks. Hopefully you’ve tried to make contacts during your time at school, that was the big thing that helped me get my job.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

The people I know who are graduating in May have already secured their jobs. Start applying now! Just make it clear on your CV that you are graduating in May so you can’t start immediately.

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