Welcome back to school. I hope you had a good summer. Time to get back into the swing of things and catch up with friends. If this is your last year here at TRSM, I want to let you in on a little secret. Your degree does not come rolled up in a job offer. As cliché as it might sound, once you have that degree in your hand, the real work begins. But, there are things that you can right now and throughout the year that will make that work a little easier:

1. Information Sessions:

Between mid-September to mid-October a number of firms come to campus to speak directly to students. This is a great chance for them to promote their organisations and job positions. It is also a great chance for you to ask some key questions like what the recruiter is looking for an a resume? Or, how can you be sure to get an interview? This year there will be some 50+ information session on campus during this time period. You should plan to go to as many relevant info sessions as you can.

2. Networking Events:

Shortly after an information session, firms typically come on campus at least once more either at a branded event or a student group networking event. Check in with your student groups and see who is coming when. Also, when attending an event be sure to introduce yourself to the company representatives. Don’t know what to talk about? Why not let them know what you learned at the information session. They want to see that you are interested in working for them, so don’t be afraid to tell them. They will notice.

3. Attend Workshops:

The Careers and Employer Partnerships have a bunch of workshops that provide key pre-employment information. You can learn how to write a resume or how to excel in interviews. There is a workshop for just about every subject. The workshops are a great way to get great tips and are offered throughout the year.

4. Finish your cover letter and resume:

You know companies are going to ask to see them, so make sure you have a great one. If you are not sure if your resume is good, then drop by our offices for a quick once over. A Career Consultant will be happy to help you out.

5. Connect with your Career Consultant:

One of the things that make the CEP so special is that each program has a dedicated Career Consultant to work with you. If you have not yet connected with your Career Consultant, be sure to do so as soon as possible. We are here to tell you exactly what you need to know to land that perfect job in your career discipline If you do not know who your Career Consultant is, you can find out by dropping into our offices at TRS2-148.

You have a lot of things to do throughout the school year. It can get chaotic making sure everything gets done. Do not make the mistake of waiting until 2 weeks before graduation to do the things you need to do in order to find the right job. Cause by then it is too late

Posted by Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy is Manager of the TRSM Business Career Hub. He has over 10 years of experience helping students successfully navigate the job search process. His areas of expertise are resume writing, interviews, and Batman-related trivia.

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