Finding a Job
Making the transition from school to career would be much easier if we could find the perfect job immediately following graduation. The reality is that it takes time and effort to find a suitable opportunity that is a good fit for both you and your potential employer, and also allows you to develop your skills and experience.
Be persistent in your search. It is estimated that it can take three to four months to find a $30,000/yr job, and an extra month for each $10,000 increase in salary, so if you are looking for a $50,000/year job you can expect your job search to last at least five months or even longer in a slower economy.
Best Time to Look
The best time to start looking for a summer job or permanent position is in September and October, as this is the peak recruitment period for companies looking to hire student talent. Many organizations complete all their hiring by November, so start your search early to avoid missing out on many great opportunities.
Plan Your Job Search
As with any project, planning is the key to a organizing a successful job search. Lay the foundation of your search by researching companies of interest to you, and connect with individuals within the organization who can answer your questions and tell you more about the company. Take advantage of on-campus events, such as company information sessions and career fairs, to tap into the hidden job market and network with potential employers.
Online job boards and employment databases are continually being updated: make it a habit to check Place Pro and other employment websites regularly to stay on top of the latest opportunities. Many positions are filled before the posted application deadline — be sure to apply early so your application is considered!
Attend Our Workshops
To learn more about developing your professional network, accessing the hidden job market, and making the most of a career fair, register in a free workshop with the Engineering Employment Centre.