Last week friend of mine forwarded his resume for few entry level Software Engineer open positions in my company. His expected graduation date is May 2011, but he already started applying for full time jobs, which is good. That gave me an idea to write this blog post – what is the right time to start applying for full time jobs. Graduate students in US schools have to get started with your job search process as early as possible. Searching for jobs can be divided into 2 phases
- Passive Job Search
- Active Job Search
Passive Job Search
Passive job search phase includes the following list of activities
- Building your contacts
- Creating perfect resume
- Target company research
- Learning job search methods
- Understanding job search techniques
- Applying for internship
If you are not going to be active during passive job phase, then you are going to be in trouble when your active phase starts.You have to get started with above activities as early as possible. I would say within first month into you first semester. You will be busy finding part time jobs, RA/TA. Try to incorporate passive job search elements during your part time job hunting within campus.
Above book is MUST have for anyone who wants to be active during passive job search process.
Active Job Search
When you are about 3 months away from graduation date, you should be in Active job search phase. If you never had a chance to practice any activities during passive job hunting phase, then you are going to feel the time crunch and eventually get frustrated and depressed.
STEM graduates have to find a job within 90 days of graduation date to be in status. So, you better get started with your job search (active or passive) NOW!
If you have experience in applying for internship, you will realize the lengthy and time consuming process and how long it takes to find a job and how many companies respond to your resume.
If you are looking to find a full time, direct employment then you have to go through passive phase followed by active job search phase. Building network takes time and effort. Overnight you cannot build your network for zero to few hundred contacts.
Questions About Job Search?
- Do you have any questions about your job search?
- Which phase are you in?
- Are you staying active in both phases?
- If not what is holding you from being active?