Attention all Spartan Engineers: Career fairs are wrapping up at Michigan State and we are less than two months away from graduation. In no way, shape, or form do you have to have a job lined up right after graduation. HOWEVER, if that is a goal that you have set for yourself, NOW IS THE TIME to make the final push to make that happen. There are tons of companies that are looking to hire through their own websites, through social media platforms, and through former internship pools. Send out as many MEANINGFUL applications as you can over the course of the next week and see what happens.
Although I would like us all to have a job lined up for post-graduation, it is highly unlikely that all of us will. It doesn't matter how much effort you put in right now. There is always the chance that graduation will come and you will not have a position. And that is 100% ok. The question is how are you going to handle that if the situation arises. The answer is by connecting with professions in industry RIGHT NOW!
Traditional methods of finding positions are great, but sometimes the best way to find positions is through making connections. Finding positions this way is much more time intensive and require that you build a relationship with an individual before even finding out about a potential position. When summer comes around, we are all going to want to have solid connections established that we can utilize. I have posted in the about how to go about building connections so I figure I would copy and paste that information below to make it easier for all of you to get ready to start establishing those relationships. Even if you do get a job, having these connections established now will make it even easier to get your next job. I hope that all of you are able to carve out some time from all of your other obligations to focus on taking care of your professional career. Remember: It's not always about how you start; It's about how you finish. (Just ask our Spartan Basketball team) Stay Tuned and Keep Grinding Spartans!!!!!!
SAMMY'S CONNECTION REFRESHER (Feat. Dr. B from The Center)
Connections: One of the things that Dr. B said she hears a lot of is students shying away from the fact that they knew people at the places they got a job/internship at because they think that it diminishes the value of their experience. Being one of those people, I felt personally attacked, but Dr. B made some great points. No job selections are done by a specific individual, and often times the person you know is not directly responsible for hiring you. Connections are beneficial in that there is a person in the room that knows you and can vouge for you throughout the process. At the end of the day, your skills, your experiences, and your character are what get you the position. Once you are in that role, you are proving that you are worthy everyday at work, not the connections that you had.
So without as much face to face time with employers, what is the best way to make connections. "LinkedIn" -Dr. B. Just knowing someone isn't always the best, it's about building a relationship. Use LinkedIn to find Spartan Alumni who work at that company, or better yet a Spartan Engineer. Send them a message telling them that you are a fellow Spartan and are interested in learning more about their experiences with a company. They may respond they may not, but what is important is that you didn't just come out looking for a position. People usually love to talk (I write a blog giving advice about finding jobs; not always the most riveting topic yet here I am). Showing interest makes a great impression right from the beginning. Once you have built that relationship, ask them about a posting or a particular position within the company and what they know about it. If they know they will tell you. If not ask if there is someone they know who has that position or knows about the role, and they can send you that individuals information. Next thing you know, multiple people within the company know your name, have a relationship with you, and are more likely to bring your name up when it comes hiring time.