Job Hunting

February 5, 2009

Many people will tell you that searching for a job is a job in itself. That’s no joke; especially in times like these. For any college senior who is searching for a post graduate job, it can be frustrating; it can be demoralizing; and it can be discouraging. However, if you are well prepared and conscientious about opportunities, it can also prove to be very rewarding.

For me, looking for a job started with looking on ASU’s Sun Devil CareerLink. There, students can search for jobs by industry, location, and salary, amoungst other things. It has proved to be pretty helpful in my own search, because it breaks down all of the different opportunities and openings in a pretty simple and easy to find format. You really don’t have to worry about whether or not the job is still open, because as soon as it is filled, the job opening is removed from the site. Once you find jobs that interest you, you can add them to your list of favorites and submit your resume through their links. Even just posting your resume onto your own profile will allow potential employers to view it without even submitting it directly to them. For students without any solid connections in the outside world, Sun Devil CareerLink is a great place to start looking.

But for students who do have a connection in the business world, that could be the best opportunity to finding a job. In fact, the truth of the matter is that the relationship to any potential connection really doesn’t have to be solid, which is something that I am just learning myself. It can be a sibling’s friend, a friend’s sibling, or even a friend’s friend. I have found that most people that are in the same general age range as myself have recently been through the same process of job hunting, know what it’s like, and are more than willing to help. That is really what networking is all about: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Finally, after you have extinguished any opporunity through your school or any possible connections, it is best to start utilizing other recourses available through print and online job advertisements. There are many websites specially taylored to find specific industries: websites for journalism, engineering, communications, and many more.

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First Step Toward Graduation

January 29, 2009

As the final semester of college begins, a whole myriad of feelings can begin to enter a students mind. For me, the realization that the transition was about to take place  finally became a reality the first day back from winter break. After thinking of all of the people I have met and looking back at all of the memories that have accumluated, I knew that it was time to look forward to graduation. Where do I begin? 

The first thing is to make sure that all of the necessary steps have been taken to ensure that when that day arrives, you are actually qualified to receive your diploma. (At Arizona State University, a student can do a degree audit to see if they have satisfied all of their degree requirements by logging onto ASU interactive  and clicking on “degree audit”). If it appears that the student is in good academic standing and prepared to graduate, the next step is register to graduate and pay all of the fees associated with graduation. That includes any unpaid parking tickets, medical fees, and other assorted debts that have built up on a students account, as well as a $50 fee to receive your diploma and a $35 fee for any second diploma. Students who submit a late registration for graduation will be assessed a $35 late charge. Once everything is in order to graduate, it is a good idea to contact all family members involved and inform them of  the date and time of the graduation ceremonies. Each school will be holding their graduation at a different date and time, so make sure to check the schedules 

Once you have gotten all of that out of the way, you are ready to start looking for your first job…