/ Asked by Sarah
When's the best time to start applying for jobs when you're going into your senior year? I graduate in May 2016 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and fear finding a job is going to be difficult.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 1, 2015
Most larger companies will begin recruiting for spring 2016 graduates in the fall/late summer of 2015.  The fall campus recruiting season is the most active and therefore, it is important for you to be active during this time as well.  Of course you should begin applying for positions, but this is also the time to research the companies that are of interest to you, and to begin networking with those companies.  If those companies come to your campus, visit them at the career fair and participate in any other events that they conduct on campus.  Also, seek out potential contacts with which to network on LinkedIn and connect with them.  Once connected, ask if they are open to informational interviews.  All of this will get your name in front of the key decision makers at your target companies and positively impact your brand as a potential employee.
Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, May 1, 2015
The last year of college is an exciting time and it will be busy since you'll be on the hunt for the right job after graduation. Timing is essential, so the hunt will begin for you when classes start this fall. Many companies will be on campus actively recruiting for full-time opportunities so make sure you visit career services to learn more about the corporate presentations and career fairs that are scheduled on your campus. I would encourage you to talk with past alumni of your alma mater working at any companies of interest so you can learn more about the hiring process and corporate culture first hand. This activity should be done in conjunction with your research on their websites, etc. Professors and academic advisors can be helpful during your search since they have many contacts and can assist you with career direction, as well. Know that searching for a job is work and the experience will require time and commitment from you that will result in full-time employment. Don't fear the search and enjoy this summer!
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Great question to ask! More often than not the heaviest recruiting is done in the fall by companies. They are recruiting for interns and full-time hires for that upcoming spring after you are done with school. When you return to school in the fall you should begin your job search. Companies will begin to post their open positions to their website along with on the school’s job postings boards that they recruit at in either August or September. Visit your Career Services office to get the schedule of the Career Fairs or other events that are happening in the fall at your school. Your Career Services office should have a list of the companies that are attending the Career Fairs. Utilize this list ahead of time so you can research the companies that are of most interest to you. Career Fairs are a great way to meet companies and learn more about what they do. Many companies also hold on-campus interviews so this is another way to get your foot in the door by having an interview early on in the recruiting season.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Congratulations on getting close to graduation!
I would highly recommend attending the career fair at the school you are attending. Be sure to research the companies that are going to be in attendance and identify which might have your field. Once at the career fair, seek out as many companies as possible. Most companies conduct next day interviews while on campus and fill the great majority of their entry level positions this way. Best of luck in your career search.
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