The time has come! You’re ready to begin applying for full-time jobs or to apply to graduate school. Follow the steps below to guide you through your senior year.
Make an appointment with a career coach to discuss your career goals and get assistance with your job search. A career coach can help with job search strategies, networking, professional correspondence, grad school decisions, interviewing, evaluating job offers, salary negotiation, and customizing your social media profiles. Take a look at the various guides available to you on these topics in Handshake and on the Career Services page in myGCC.
Use Handshake to search for jobs, events, employers, and on-campus interview opportunities, and utilize general and industry-specific online job sites to find and apply to positions. A list of job sites can be found in Handshake and on the Career Services page in myGCC, including CareerShift – a fantastic resource we provide to students and a one-stop shop for job searching. Be sure to update your resume with your summer internship information, as well as your LinkedIn profile. Tailor both your resume and cover letters to the jobs to which you are applying.
Over 70% of jobs are never posted but found through networking. Continue networking with people at organizations of interest to you, including Grove City College alumni by utilizing the Alumni Directory and LinkedIn. You never know who knows who you need to know!
Schedule a mock interview with a career coach or participate in one of our Mock Interview Days (registration available in Handshake). Check out our Interviewing Guide in Handshake or on the Career Services page in myGCC for helpful tips.
Research employers and industries that match your career interests and geographic preferences using the various resources provided to you in Handshake and on the Career Services page in myGCC, such as Firsthand.
Attend Senior career programs offered throughout the academic year to get advice and information on the job and graduate school process. Attend virtual and in-person career fairs and participate in on-campus interviewing.
Work with career staff to evaluate and negotiate job offers. Take time to research salary information in your field and geographic location, utilizing the helpful resources in Handshake.
Review the Senior Status Sheet for additional action steps.