|The Full-Time Job Search
Graduation is Finally Within Sight!
Graduating within the next two semesters? If you are planning to go to work after graduation, then you've come to the right place. Begin your job search early ~ many employers who regularly recruit at Rensselaer only visit campus in the fall semester. So here are just a few simple steps to help get your job search off to a great start.
Participate in On-Campus Recruiting (OCR)
On-campus interviews for Full-time, Co-op and Summer Internship opportunities take place each Fall and Spring at Rensselaer. Fall On-Campus Recruiting typically begins the first week of October the Monday after the NSBE/SHPE Career Fair. Did you know that the CCPD annually hosts over 400 employing organizations during On-Campus Recruiting? Or that the CCPD forwards literally hundreds of students' resumes each year to interested employers? Or that through the participation in the CCPD Resume Books, students and employers are making connections year-round?
Activate Your JobLink Account
If you haven't already activated your JobLink account, and you plan to participate in OCR, you'll need to get started.
TO DO LIST:
- Review the JobLink WebShop to learn more about using JobLink to its fullest.
- Update your JobLink Profile. We import student records weekly from the Registrar’s Office, but you will be asked to update and verify some information.
- Upload one copy of your critiqued resume in JobLink.
After gaining access to JobLink, begin to review job postings for on-campus recruiting. Submit your resume for each job you are interested in and if you are pre-selected to interview, use JobLink to select an interview time. Check out the thousands of Open Jobs posted annually on JobLink by employers seeking to hire Rensselaer students and alumni. You can filter jobs by geographic region, industry or career field.
Attend Recruiting Events
Find out about upcoming CCPD Events and check your JobLink dashboard frequently for special announcements. Look to your JobLink Calendar for all scheduled Employer OCR Interviews, Employer Information Sessions, Career Days and Open Houses.
Update Your Resume
If you're planning to look for a job, begin by updating your resume. Be sure it highlights your relevant experience, skills and your education. Review the online Resume Writing WebShop, attend a Resume Writing workshop or check out the Preparing Your Resume handout. Have your resume critiqued before you post it on JobLink or send it out to employers for consideration. Resume Critiques are best handled during our regularly scheduled Walk-in Hours.
Get prepared for upcoming interviews by attending an Interviewing workshop or check out the Interviewing handout. Want to practice your interviewing skills? Schedule a Mock Interview with a career counselor early in the semester. Use the Online Appointment Scheduler to select a date/time to meet. Include “Mock Interview” in the notes section. Before interviewing, please read over the Principles for Professional Conduct and the CCPD OCR/Interview Policies.
Learn to Write a Cover Letter
Attend a Cover Letter Writing workshop or read the Writing a Winning Cover Letter handout to help you create this all-important marketing tool. Have your Cover Letter critiqued during Walk-in hours!
Network, Network, Network!
Did you know that some statistics show that over 60% of jobs are found through networking? Network with recruiters coming to campus each year and learn about employers during the many different types of Employer Presentations offered each semester.
Seek Out Additional Job Search Resources
Broaden your job search further by checking out the CCPD's Job & Career Sites for even more potential job postings and opportunities. Meet with a career Counselor to learn how to identify additional opportunities. Check out the US Chamber of Commerce as a resource to uncover leads with employers throughout the country.
Accepting Job Offers
Before accepting a job offer, check out Evaluating Employment Offers for tips on what to look for how to negotiate and more!
First Destination Survey
And finally, we ask that you notify the CCPD to report your after-graduation plans (work, military service or graduate school) prior to leaving campus. Your help in gathering statistics will be greatly appreciated by the class that follows you! Refer to the 2011 Annual Report if you'd like to learn more about salaries, top employers and more. To see where the previous class has gone, checkout the SnapShot of the Class of 2012.