What to Do If You Have a Job Before Graduation (And If You Haven’t)

Find out what employers expect from you if you get hired before graduation.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

January 11, 2016

What to Do If You Have a Job Before Graduation (And If You Haven’t)

Congratulations! You’re one of the lucky few that’s landed a job before graduation! Time to kick back and relax, right? Think again.

When you have a job secured before graduation, there is even more incentive to do well in classes. For just as quickly as you’ve landed your job, you can just as quickly lose it.

Expectations from Employers

Many employers expect the college students that they’ve hired to maintain a certain GPA during their final year of college, and the standards are pretty rigid. Some programs require a minimum 3.5 GPA to guarantee their job after college. With that, it’s imperative that seniors attend class, study hard for exams and cultivate thought-provoking essays.

Other new hire programs or companies may require students that they’ve hired to attend training on weekends as well as virtual seminars. New hires may also be required to keep in touch with a hiring manager on a pretty regular basis, whether by phone or email.

Finally, employers expect college students to stick with them. If you’ve committed to an employer by accepting their offer, you should keep your word. Don’t continue interviewing with other potential employers and keep “placeholders” at various companies.

If You Don’t Have a Job Before Graduation

Don’t panic. Most soon-to-be graduates don’t have a job lined up before May. However, just because you don’t have a job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work toward attaining one during your senior year. Fortunately, you’re in the perfect place to find a job after graduation. There are plenty of resources at your disposal on a college campus.

Set up a time to meet with someone at your campus career center. They can guide you toward a career that you would excel in through aptitude tests, help you create a resume and practice interviewing for jobs. Additionally, they can point you to alumni in your field of interest or companies that have your desired position or career path.

On your own, you can research companies and submit your resume and cover letter. Keep in mind that you can never send out too many resumes. If there is a company or job that interests you, send your resume – and worry about how you’ll do in the interview or whether or not you’re totally qualified for the job at a later time.

How you conduct yourself during the application process and after you’ve accepted the position matter, regardless of whether or not you get the job before graduation. Just be sure to make your commitment and dedication apparent to your employer.

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