After we've gone to all our classes, written all our papers, and presented all our projects, most students at Carlson are ready to hit the job market (or do more of the same in grad school like I'm planning to do!). A place where many students start the search is the Undergraduate Business Career Center. The UBCC and BA 3000, the career skills class which Eric will talk more about next week, can help you with anything you might need to start the job search, such as writing resumes and cover letters, improving your interviewing skills, and learning how to network at different events. The UBCC also has career coaches ready to help students throughout the year.
Once you have all the skills, you can start contacting companies about the openings they have. There are many ways to find out about job openings. The easiest ways are to go to the career fairs in the fall and spring where hundreds of companies come on campus to hire students. There is also an on-line job site specifically for Carlson students called The Edge. You can search tons of jobs on The Edge and even sign up for interviews and send companies your resume. Most of the interviews that you will have will also take place in the UBCC, so you don't even have to go off campus!
With all of these great resources, trying to find your first "real job" does not have to be so scary, and for a lot of my friends it was even easier. Many of them had internships during the summer before their senior year, and then the company they were working for offered them a job after they graduated! So they can relax their senior knowing they already something lined up. It's great to have all of the resources you need right in Carlson for both during college and after.