It’s exam season, and you’ve pulled yet another all nighter. And the only thing on your mind is successfully completing your semester and finally getting a full night’s rest.
But let’s fast-forward: once your exams are over, what are you doing for the summer? Or, if you are graduating, what are your career plans once you obtain your degree/diploma?
If you do not have anything lined up, don’t panic. It is absolutely possible to balance your studying with job-hunting – all it takes is a little prioritizing.
Create generic resumes and cover letters
It’s important to tailor your resume to each job posting. Unfortunately, this can be time consuming – a luxury you don’t have.
Since you are short on time, create resume templates ahead of time that work for different types of positions. For example, postings for jobs in customer service often ask for similar qualifications and requirements (strong communication skills, ability to work in teams, etc.) so create a resume that highlights these qualities. Use this for all customer service job applications.
You can create a similar type of template for your cover letter. Prepare paragraphs that describe every experience on your resume, as well as a set template for your cover letter’s beginning and ending paragraphs. After all this is complete, just select which paragraphs you want to feature in the middle of the letter. Be sure to edit a bit to make sure that the paragraphs have a good flow, but after the preparation process, this method is much less time-consuming than having to write the entire letter from scratch each time.
Ask people you know
Your friends may be in the same situation as you, but it never hurts to ask them for help. What resources are they using to look for jobs? If you know of someone who held a part-time job during the school year, ask them if their employer is looking for new people. Or if you know of a friend who is leaving their job, ask them to recommend you to take over for them.
Chances are, you will be seeing your professor or TA during office hours for exam help. After getting them to explain Gauss’s law again, consider asking them if they know of any job openings, or if they have any general job-hunting advice. They are likely familiar with your background knowledge, from marking your assignments and tests over the year. Moreover, they can be a great reference for that job if you have a strong rapport.
Physical job boards are often found in libraries and student centres. You don’t have to go out of your way to check these boards, but since these are likely located on campus, where you go to study/attend classes, you can take a few seconds to scan the advertisements for anything that looks promising. Just do your research on these positions to make sure they’re the right fit for you.
Virtual job boards, like TalentEgg, allow you to subscribe and indicate what types of jobs you are interested in. After setting up your account, you will receive regular emails when new jobs are posted. That way, you don’t need to constantly check the website. You decide when you have time to job-hunt: just open up the latest email from the job board.
Did you know that TalentEgg offers resources beyond our job listings? Here are just a few:
- Career Guides – a comprehensive resource to help you excel in your industry.
- The Incubator – Check in every day for new articles and videos designed to help you tackle your career
- Office Hours – a 1-hour online live-chat with career experts from different fields. Submit your career questions and get them answered!
- TalentEgg Challenges – complete a TalentEgg Challenge set out by professional organizations. Get recognized by industry professionals, and win big prizes!
Remember: it’s not enough just to apply – take time to do in-depth research for your industry to give you an edge during your job hunt.
Job hunting will take time, and while you may have to sacrifice some of your free time, it will be worth it. Passing your courses is important, but you also need to remember the big picture: career success.