I came across this article about "The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters." While it's geared toward undergrads, the article is full of great reminders of things to make part of our daily habits as graduate students of a professional program. Here are some of the top tips:
- Start early - be on the look-out for opportunities from the beginning of your grad school career and start on your career action plan now
- Network! This school has tons of events to attend that community leaders speak at and attend. Outside the Humphrey are even more chances to network. And a great way to network is...
- Have an internship, part-time job, and/or graduate assistantship that will build your resume, AND
- Get involved in career-related extracurricular activities (read those emails from your fellow students for some ideas on what to get involved with)
- Act and look the part - dressing professionally at school ensures that you're prepared if a networking opportunity presents itself unexpectedly, and helps your professors and contacts know you mean business and have your act together
- Identify, document and learn to talk about your skills and achievements. You are building your resume up every day in the projects and work that you do. Learn to communicate it in ways that show others how you might contribute to their work.
- Use the Career Center. They are a great resource!
These are simple things, but things that can go undone most of the time. The trick is to make your "job search" a part of your every day habits to make sure you have the opportunities when you need them.