Juniors and Seniors
The best way to prepare for graduation is to start early. The beginning of Junior year is not too early. Whatever you do, don't wait until your last semester to get started.
- Research job opportunities in your chosen major
- Compose a resume and cover letter
- Get work experience in your field before you graduate
- Develop job search skills
- Attend job fairs and use on-line services to post your resume
- Learn interview skills
- Start locating potential people who will give you a reference
- Get organized
- Find out what you need to do to graduate
- File for graduation with the registrar
- File a copy of your resume at the career services center
- Quick Graduation Checklist
Choose a job, rather than settle for just any job.
- Visit "Exploring Majors" in Career Services Center (CSC) website.
- Visit the Career Services Library and Lab and college library to look at books and magazines related to you're an area which interests you.
- Talk with one of the Career Counselors to explore employment vs. graduate school.
- Research graduate schools and make an appointment to see a pre-graduate advisor (Shuster 275).
- Talk with your professors and people working at a job you might be interested in.
Poor presentation, no interview. No interview, no job.
- If you have done this already, bring it to the CSC for review. Get a second opinion.
- If you need help in composing one, the CSC has model resumes and also offers resume workshops.
- Leave a copy of your resume with Career Services.
Employers like grads who have some related experience.
- Internships are important. Apply early at CSC. It might take two to three months to find one for you. Remember once you graduate we cannot help you with an internship.
- Use volunteer work, work-study or summer jobs to help gain some related experience.
- See if the place where you now work can help, or find a new situation to use your skills.
Knowing how to find a job is an important skill.
- The CSC has workshops to suggest strategies. Remember job hunting is a skill you can learn.
- Networking is a very important tool. Call all your friends and relatives and ask them if they know anyone who will speak to you about your field and future career plans. People usually say they don't have a job available, if they don't know you. So, don't ask for a job only an informational interview.
Companies usually recruit candidates a year before graduation. START EARLY.
- Symplicity accessible through the CSC website is a place where you can post your resume. Job posting events are listed, too.
- Lehman College has a Career Expo held in March.
- CUNY has a major Job Fair at the Javits Center in April.
If you don't come across well, you won't get the job.
- Prepare, prepare, prepare before going on an interview.
- The CSC has workshops to help you answer interview questions.
- Always ask a person if he/she will give you a reference before using him/her.
- Consider asking a professor, counselor or college administrator who knows you well.
- At the place where you work or interned, see if you can get a written reference, just in case your supervisor leaves the job.
Looking for a job is serious work.
- Get a small notebook to keep track of your employer contacts and what they say to you.
- Start your job search 6 - 9 months before graduation.
Before you register for your last semester do the following:
- Check with your major and minor (if appropriate) advisors to find out what courses you still need to fulfill the requirements.
- Visit the Academic Advisement Department (Shuster 280) to have a counselor review your transcript to see if you have fulfilled all the academic requirements.
- Do this before the deadline posted in the academic calendar.
Employers contact us on a regular basis to recruit graduating seniors.
- If you move or change your phone number or email, provide us with a new copy of your resume.
- Find out if you are fulfilling or have fulfilled all your requirements for graduation.
- File for graduation.
- Prepare a resume and file it at Career Services.
- Get work experience related to your field before graduation.
- Learn interviewing and job search skills.
- Make contacts through job fairs, networking, ads, on-line services, and mailings.
- Always act professionally and believe in your skills and abilities.
- Check you email and phone messages daily.