Tidbits from a Corporate Recruiter
Go to job fairs! Most organizations recruit, offer, and hire for jobs in the 3rd and 4th quarter of the year for the upcoming year. This means if you graduate in May of 2014 and are looking for a job after graduation then you need to start looking in the fall semester of 2013. This could reasonably mean that you will be offered a job in October of 2013 with a start date in May or June of 2014.
Take initiative! Approach recruiters, talk and express your interest in their company, this does require you to do a little bit of research before the fair or recruiting session. Keep it organized and have a little bit of information on all the companies that you plan to meet with during the career fair. This takes initiative, also be prepared to offer to give your resume to the recruiters and ask if they can provide you with a business card. What’s the worst that could happen? Recruiters tell you “no.” I would take my chances! Also this allows you to make an immediate connection and know a follow up person.
Remember that just because you met the recruiters at the fair this does not mean that you still do not need to apply for the jobs you want (unless the employer is conducting on site interviews). Our role as recruiters is to be the employer of choice-we intentionally seek out the best talent-no one wants mediocrity. So come to the fair dressed like you already have the job- and attempt to minimize any distractions (i.e. tattoos, piercings, hair color, ect.). This is your opportunity to make a brilliant first impression and you don’t know how far a good impression goes!
Be a part of a team. Lead with integrity. Remain committed to your core values.
The Young & Professional Gal