Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the November 8, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
High-school seniors with college plans aren’t sitting back and taking it easy. Today, the competition among students to earn a spot at a post-secondary institution is more competitive, which has students working harder than ever just to make sure they get accepted to the school of their choice. Read more from the Star Tribune.
The economy is not the only factor in the expectations that college seniors have of the current job market. Many students struggle with the “experience” dilemma. Frank Prioleau Jr, who will graduate in December 2004 with a computer-science degree from Limestone College explains, “I have gotten letters saying I don’t have the experience needed. How can I get experience if no one gives me the chance?”
Career center advisors repeatedly lament the fact that students do not make their job search their first priority. “There is not a universal impetus for resume and job hunting until the last minute,” said Mary Banks, director of the Business Career Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
“The most frustrating excuse that I hear regularly from college seniors is that they are just too busy with their coursework and their athletic teams to spend time on their job search!” said Grady McClendon, director of Career Services at Webber International University. “In other words, their job search doesn’t seem to be very high among their priorities.”
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