I hear from a lot of job seekers that they just don't have time to conduct a job search. They're too busy. They have classes. They have a part-time job. And then there are all the other things happening at college that get in the way.
"I'll just wait until graduation and then start my job search when I have the time…"
Don't wait until graduation. Here are four reasons to find time now for your job search:
1. The longer you wait, the more time it will take.
Conversely, the earlier you start, the less time it will take. Why? Because there are only a finite number of internships and jobs that are going to be offered this year. The longer you wait, the more of these positions are filled and it will become progressively harder to find remaining positions.
2. The math works against you.
Not only are there a finite number of jobs, there are not enough jobs for all of the candidates. Some new grads will end up unemployed. Have you ever played musical chairs? There are simply not enough chairs or employment seats. And as the number of seats get reduced, the odds of filling the remaining seats becomes more difficult. For example, assume there are 1.5 million entry level jobs for the 2 million new grads this year (that is approximately accurate, BTW). When 1 million of those jobs are filled, only 500K remain for the 1 million remaining grads. Work the odds while they are still in your favor.
3. The best jobs are filled first.
Those who accept jobs early get the opportunity to be more selective not only in their employer, but also what type of job and with which department. Most large corporations have multiple jobs. The best jobs are the ones accepted early. As fewer remain they are the jobs that others don't want. Be selective. Be early. Be first.
4. Some employers will have filled all of their entry level jobs by graduation.
They have new hire orientation starting in June and they want their hire quotas filled in advance. So if you wait until graduation, your odds of getting a job with those employers will be zero.
So where do you find the time? Simple. Shift your priorities. We all have the same amount of time in the day, it's a matter of priorities. Yes, classes come first and they are the reason you are in college. But your second priority should be your job search. TV, video games, social media, Web surfing (yes, I know you are doing it right now, but it's actually a productive part of your job search, so congrats, you have priorities straight), sports, extracurriculars, parties and any other activity should be a lower priority than your classes first and your job search second. And, I would argue, the grades you get in your last semester or quarter of college will be less important than your job search, so if you haven't found a job by then, job search ranks first.
Give your job search time priority now. It will make your job search that much easier. And, when you do accept a job, you will have plenty of time to finally take it easy on your way to graduation and your new life after college.