/ Asked by Ajita
What is the best time to start applying for full-time opportunities? I am a graduate student (Masters) with a research assistantship with a professor in my department, so I will not have any industry experience (internship) during summer. Will this effect my job prospects? I will graduate in May 2015.
Answered by Judith, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, April 18, 2014
While, I do think being in your industry through internships and on the job training will help further your career prospects, I don't think it will make or break your next steps. Make sure to start building a target list of employers and opportunities you want to pursue in anticipation of your graduation and then start crafting your story for how your skill sets are transferable. OFtern times, the strongest candidates come to the table with a diverse background and skills that make them a stronger asset to the teams they are joining.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, April 21, 2014
My suggestion would be to consider looking in the fall of 2014. I'd recommend working with the career placement offcie at the university you are getting your masters from. Most companies come to campus in the fall so you can interveiw at that time.  Generally, companies will make offer in the October/November timeframe for a spring/summer start date in 2015.

Good luck.  
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, April 21, 2014
I would encourage you to start applying now. Depending on the employer, the relevance of an internship will differ. Besides, the sooner you can get your resume out there and interviewing the better. It will give you good practice in the job search process.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 16, 2014
It is never to early to start building your network, although I would start this by researching potential employers on LinkedIn and attempting to connect to their decision makers on the site.  Through these connections you can begin to request informational interviews to learn more about those companies and get advice on what you can do to make yourself more marketable.  To answer your original question, though, many companies will start recruiting for their May graduate hires in the fall of the prior year.  Therefore, in your case, I recommend that you start building your network now, but begin to look for jobs in earnest and apply to them in the fall of 2014.
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