Workplace When do I start applying for jobs?

MissyD522

Member
Dec 31, 2012
14
0
30
Marlboro, NJ
I graduate in May from college and will be receiving a BBA. The biggest thing that everyone around me, my mom and sister in particular, has been saying is you need to start looking for a real job for after you graduate. When is a good idea to start applying for jobs? Also where should I be looking to apply? the company's website or a job hunting website like careerbuilder or indeed?

Please help

Thank you!!
 
Oct 20, 2008
4,213
1,573
have you not done relevant summer jobs and internships? when did you start applying for those? they're also a great source of leads for permanent positions (a lot of companies offer positions to the outstanding interns).
 

MissyD522

Member
Dec 31, 2012
14
0
30
Marlboro, NJ
have you not done relevant summer jobs and internships? when did you start applying for those? they're also a great source of leads for permanent positions (a lot of companies offer positions to the outstanding interns).
I've had several internships and jobs but they are usually for immediate positions and also for a position that isn't full time.

I have been looking already but at this point my school is not doing anything until March and they are not too helpful anyway but most sites don't have anything posted at the moment.
 

twoblue

Member
Mar 4, 2012
119
0
Job postings tend to go in different cycles for different size companies and industries. In general, you should start to see more postings towards the beginning of March as companies anticipate their needs and budgets. Right now is a bit of a lull in full time hiring. My department is done with full time interviewing for our development and rotational programs, but individual positions may spring up in a few weeks.
 

terps08

Member
Jan 1, 2011
3,546
8
I would start now also. Does your college/university have a career center or a career website with job listings? I would start there.

My university had one and that is where I found my first job out of college.
 

athena21

Member
Aug 8, 2011
486
10
I agree with the career fairs...if your college isn't big enough to draw one, crash one at a nearby university. It's a great place to get an instant interview with a ton of hiring companies. I think the one I went to during college was in the early spring.

Right after graduating I took a fellowship, which I had to apply for around December. Keep that in mind too, if you're going for some kind of a paid internship you need to look NOW, because a lot of the application/interviews take longer.

Otherwise it doesn't hurt to look early, but I wouldn't expect too many interviews until April or May. A lot of companies post positions when they need them filled, and aren't willing to wait a couple months for someone to finish school.
 

redney

Lovin' Life!
O.G.
Apr 21, 2006
14,046
5,442
ASAP! Many large corporate employers have already created their entry-level hiring plans and most have been interviewing on their targeted university campuses in the fall. On-campus activities during spring semester/quarter is typically for summer internship hirings.

Make an appointment to speak with someone at your university's career center. That person can share job search resources for you, including postings, connections to alumni who are hiring, etc.

If your career center does not draw a number of companies for on-campus interviews, do your research at nearby universities to go to career fairs with employers if they have them in the spring.

Also, get on job boards specifically for college students to search jobs. Nacelink.com has job listings for students at participating universities (their website has a list of participating universities), LinkedIn has job listings for to-be college grads: http://www.linkedin.com/studentjobs, aggregators like Indeed.com http://www.indeed.com/q-Recent-College-Grad-jobs.html and SimplyHired.com http://www.simplyhired.com/a/jobs/list/q-college+graduate aggregate job listings, and Monster College http://college.monster.com/ has good resources too. Here's an About.com list of other job sites: http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/entryleveljobs/a/entryleveljobs.htm.

Additionally, do your research to identify companies for whom you want to work and search their careers websites and apply directly through these sites.

Good luck!!