/ Asked by Tanya
While still a student in college, when should I start applying for jobs?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
You can begin applying as early as fall semester of your senior year, depending on the position. Some companies are able to extend full-time employment offers almost a year in advance while others will advise you to wait until closer to graduation because their positions are posted on a need to fill basis and they cannot project future hiring needs. Do your research on companies and speak with your career services office to determine the timeframe companies are recruiting. If a company hires on a need to fill basis, I would recommend applying to jobs anywhere from 30-90 days prior to graduation.
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Friday, September 25, 2015
Congratulations on being an upcoming graduate! That is a huge accomplishment. You should start networking and doing internships right away in college and keep all the connections that you make strong while you finish out your degree! However it is your senior year that you should really focus on applying for fulltime jobs. Attend every career fair, interview day that your career services hosts. Be sure to keep in touch with your career advisor your whole year. Many employers are not in a position to extend you an offer 9 months early, so I would put the most amount of effort into your last semester in school.
Good luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Ever heard the expression “the early bird gets the worm”?. It holds true for up-and-coming college grads now more than ever.

In general, companies start recruiting college students heavily in the Fall, looking for students ready to join the workforce as soon as they graduate. If you’re a rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior, look for internships that will get your foot in the door early on. More and more companies are starting to recruit interns in their earlier undergrad years, such as with the AT&T Future Leaders Internship Experience that rotates undergrads through three summers of internships while in college. These opportunities are a great way to build rapport with a company, learn about the culture and set yourself up for a potential offer before you even go back to school for the next semester.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Hi. Way to go thinking about your career so early!  I would highly recommend attending the career fairs at the school you are attending. Many companies offer internship experiences to freshman now. 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 internship positions this way.
Having a few internship experiences under your belt will help you determine what type of career you want to pursue and the type of company you want to work for. Best of luck in your career search.

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