Your Senior Year
The senior year is a crucial time in the job search process. You don't have to look for a job by yourself. The Center for Student Professional Development can help. Meet with your College of Business Career Counselor in early September to get started. Landing a professional-level job can be challenging; but with persistence, it can be done.
Visit your Academic Advisor.Your academic advisor can help you be sure you are moving swiftly toward graduation. Your advisor can help you if you have not applied for graduation or your capstone seminars. Knowing your academic advisor personally can help when questions arise toward the end of your senior year.
Prepare for your job interviews. See materials on this website for common interview questions and review them thoroughly. Schedule a one-on-one mock interview with a career counselor or attend an interview workshops. Career counselors will be able to help you identify which questions you might be asked and can give you tips on how to answer questions in a natural, intelligent way.
Continue to refine résumé and cover letter. Visiting a Career Counselor can help you to write a résumé designed to carry you from college to corporate life. If you do not have a clear, concise and usable résumé, visit the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) to get advice on résumé and cover letter writing.
Participate in information sessions sponsored by companies who are recruiting. You’ll expand your network and also you learn whether the company is a fit with your personality and goals.
Attend workshops like Résumé Writing, Interview Preparation to help you become as polished as possible.
Ensure that you are receiving career-related e-mails from the College of Business and the University Career Center. Sign up to receive a copy of the COB Recruiter by e-mail and update your profile in Rowdy Jobs so that you can receive the latest updates.
Identify a list of job opportunities you may want to pursue. By doing so, you will give yourself a goal. Companies and job types can always be added or subtracted. Keeping track of these options can help you to set realistic goals about finding a job and can help you to fully understand what you are searching for in a full-time permanent position.
Know that not all good career opportunities are part of on-campus interviewing or the Rowdy Jobs system. Many companies post positions only on their website. Both H-E-B and Medtronics post their positions on their website and usually do not post on university websites. Visit with a Career Counselor for additional options. It’s best to expand your search to websites for a location where you might want to move and to websites for specific industries that interest you.
Apply for job opportunities of interest through Rowdy Jobs and by searching through the COB Recruiter.
Prepare for follow-up interviews. Most professional jobs will require a second or third interview. Some will require more. What makes the second interview different from the first? Should you know more about the company than you knew in the first interview? How can you prepare for the second interview? Career counselors can assist you in answering these questions. Make an appointment at the CSPD.
Learn how to manage decisions about and negotiate job offers. Career counselors can help you to negotiate timelines, benefits and compensation packages for job offers. See our guide to negotiation.
REMEMBER: Accepting a job offer is a serious commitment and “yes” means yes. DO NOT accept a job and then continue looking for another opportunity.
Attend the University-wide Career Fair in the spring. Another opportunity to meet employers can always help in the job search. Unless you have accepted an offer, attending the Spring Career Fair is highly important so you can network with those who can offer you employment.
If you are still looking for employment, use job search tactics employed in the Fall Semester. Not everyone will have secured a job early in the school year. Thus, it is important for job seekers to continue with the processes of refining their résumé, cover letter, interview skills, and reading the Recruiter each week to find opportunities suitable to their ambitions. Remember that persistence is the key to finding a permanent position and that it is important to stay positive about the process.