Graduates anxious about jobs
With graduation around the corner, soon-to-be alumni are getting stressed about job availability.
Reesa Greenwald, associate director of The Career Center, is noticing a lot of seniors cramming to get appointments in before graduation.
“As always, there are more seniors coming to The Career Center as we get closer to graduation,” Greenwald said. “This is a challenging time, so I hope that graduating students who haven’t been here will take advantage of our resources and services. We will be here through the summer, and it’s never too late.”
Greenwald also said that this year’s graduating students have shown anxiety about the current economic situation.
“Finding your first professional career position is always stressful,” she said. “We recommend that students take advantage of all networking opportunities, expand their job searching strategies, be persistent and yet patient, and let us help.”
According to Greenwald, a rough percentage of seniors that have jobs lined up is not yet available, but there will be documentation of it during cap and gown pick-up. Greenwald also said The Career Center will administer its annual survey to determine post graduation plans of all seniors.
Greenwald also said The Career Center can really benefit a graduating senior’s chance of getting a job.
“I believe that meeting with a professional at The Career Center will greatly increase students’ chances of locating a position,” Greenwald said. “We can provide assistance with resumes and interview preparation, as well as provide networking tips and job leads.”
She also said Seton Hall alumni can still take advantage of The Career Center’s resources, even throughout the summer.
“Students have access to all of our services, resources and professional appointments for one year following graduation,” Greenwald said.
According to Greenwald, locating opportunities and getting a job may be different for each student.
“All students, however, need a targeted resume, strong interview skills and knowledge of their field of interest,” Greenwald said. “In addition, it is important to research an organization prior to applying. Utilize your faculty, family, friends, neighbors and former intern/work supervisors to help point you in the right direction.”
Besides utilizing The Career Center, Greenwald said networking is key.
“Even in this age of technology, don’t rely exclusively on online job boards,” Greenwald said. “Create a professional presence within LinkedIn and other social media. Attend any career fairs, networking events or professional association meetings in areas of interest.”
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