A question that I keep hearing is, "When should I start applying for jobs?" I can tell you from experience the sooner the better. However, I wouldn't start before senior year, but it's good to start researching potential careers freshman year. The more you know about your industry the better. Research your career like it's a final that is 100 percent of your grade!
Job searching tips:
1. Look up reviews on the company.
Companies spend a lot of time making their website look good but do they spend enough time making sure their employees are happy? Do companies take the time to develop their employees? Is there a lot of opportunities for upward mobility? These are just some things you should be researching. The Glassdoor is a website where you can look up employee reviews for companies.
2. What's the future of the industry?
U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics is a fact finding agency for the government. If you want to know industry trends, average salary, nature of work and many other things this is the perfect website for you.
3. Don't fool yourself.
Can you really execute the responsibilities that they're expecting you to do? If the employer wants someone with strong analytical skills and you know you cant do math, don't apply. Don't get wrapped up in the job itself, but focus on the job they will require you to do. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
4. Be Persistent!!!
Job searching is not easy. It takes a lot of time and research. Job search until you find a job that you just have to have. It is easy to apply for a job that you will not like but finding a job that you will like isn't always easy. If you already know exactly what your looking for then that's great!
5. Start Early!
The job selection process can take months for some big companies. You want to graduate with a job in your hand. I have applied for at least ten jobs and I graduate in May! It's better to be safe than sorry. Also, don't limit yourself. If you can move across the country to work, go for it!
Good luck with your job search! E-mail me and let me know how it's going.