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There are 3 comments on The Job Hunt: Career Counselors’ Best Advice

  1. Great Advice! I agree with Federico about making sure your résumé is great shape and to include an effective cover letter. I can’t even count how many hiring managers have told me they threw out perfectly good candidates because they didn’t follow instructions posted in the job description about the inclusion of a cover letter and the subject line – the details don’t go unnoticed!

  2. The best thing any student can do is actively use their career center. The staff are current on issues surrounding employment and have literally thousands of connections to share. Also, attend all of the events that the career offices offer. Don’t think “I can’t go to Accounting Night because I am a Psychology major”. Guess what? Accounting firms hire more than Accountants!! Thinking outside of the box is a start. Smashing the box is the next step. Those that use their career centers have a higher degree of career satisfaction since they usually have a plan and know where they are going.

  3. As someone who has sat on graduate admissions committees I second the ‘not rushing off to graduate school fresh our of undergrad’, especially in the sciences. Working for a year or two really enhances your graduate school application and makes you more competitive. More and more graduate programs see recent grades as ‘too green’ unless they were heavily involved in undergraduate research.

    GPA and GREs are important, but a huge part of the puzzle is practical experience in the scientific field. Many students get caught up in the scores and do not take into account the application of the education.

    Good luck to everyone!

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