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May Grads, Your Spring Job Search Timeline is Here!

Caitlyn Marchand
The last semester of your undergraduate career is finally here! Some of you may be itching to get out into the real world, while others are terrified of what’s to come. Regardless of what side you find yourself on, the best thing you can do for yourself is to get ready, because the start of the rest of your life is just beginning. Check out this timeline to keep you on track to land that first job in May.

As soon as possible…

Start researching. There is no such thing as being too early when it comes to the job search, so begin organizing your top-choice companies now as well as finding other options that fit your preferred position types and locations and match your education level. You should also be utilizing the career services office on your campus for assistance with your search and to practice your interviewing skills.

By January…

You should work on updating your LinkedIn profile to increase networking opportunities. Recruiters will be scouring LinkedIn for the next few months, so be sure to include your graduation date, your recent experience, and a photo of yourself at the very minimum. You can also let recruiters know you are open to job opportunities to encourage them to reach out to you first!

By February...

Make updates and improvements to your resume and cover letter, and be on the lookout for career fairs in the area. If your campus isn’t hosting any career fairs, ask your career center for a list of some in the area. Those first face-to-face interactions will have a much larger impact than sending a simple email out. It will also be helpful to have a resume handy at this time- you never know when you’re going to run into someone who has the perfect opportunity for you.

By March...

Establish who your references will be and create a folder to organize letters of recommendation that you have received. You should also set up job alerts on popular search sites, begin putting together interview outfits, and continue your search on your own.

By April...

If you haven’t already begun, now’s the time to apply! Be sure to free up some time throughout the week for potential interviews, and always research the company beforehand to ensure that you can answer specific questions about the position and the industry.

By May…

You should be interviewing, and if all goes well, it’s time to celebrate! Be sure to weigh your options if you have multiple offers on the table by considering benefits packages and the cost of living you’re expecting for the next year or two. If you haven’t heard back from hiring managers yet, now is the time to check back in and continue to apply elsewhere. Your college career may be over, but your professional career is just beginning.


The job search is more of a marathon than a sprint, so be sure to take your time with it! However, if you’re looking to get a head start over the competition, visit our website today to learn about opportunities that could be available to you after graduation: www.bartoncareers.com

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