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Doe’s and Don’ts for 3/10/09: Six Things to do Before Graduation

March 10, 2009

todo1For most seniors who are in the process of searching for a job, sometimes figuring out that first step can be the most challenging. So, to combat that mindset, here are six things that each college senior should be doing while still in college. These were written by Trevor Wilson, founder of

1. Get Involved – Set yourself apart with extra-curricular activities. If you are really ambitious, try to get involved in a diverse range of activities and clubs. This will show your range and depth to any recruiter you come across.

2. Network – At this point, your network will likely consist of family, friends, professors, and potentially some summer job contacts. However, it is never too early to start networking.

3. Visit your Career Center – The staff at your Career Center will be a great source of information in your job search. If you are on the JMU campus, visit The Resource Center in Wilson Hall room 303. They ares open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. Work/Volunteer – When you graduate, you will be applying for jobs and competing against hundreds of other new graduates with the same level of experience as you. If you want to be able to compete on a level above just school and marks, try to build your resume. It shows a recruiter that you are both motivated and can handle the increased pressures of both work and academic life.

5. Clean Up Your Online Image – It this digital age, anything that you post online (or is posted about you) can potentially be seen by recruiters. While you are still in school, search through Google and your social networking sites to ensure that any potentially embarrassing pictures or information are not found by an HR manager.

6. Have Fun – Don’t forget, you are only in college for a few years, or eight weeks if you are graduating in May. A “Work Hard, Play Hard” philosophy is the best way to ensure that you don’t regret anything in the future.

For the complete list and further information, visit

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Trisha permalink
    March 10, 2009 12:49 am

    Much better than the typical streak the quad and swim across Newman. I’ll be sure to work on this “to do” before graduation list!

  2. Kate permalink
    March 11, 2009 9:26 pm

    This post contains a lot of pertinent information. I am a junior and I will be able to benefit greatly from the information in this post. I never thought about how having a job can show how one is able to balance both school and work. I should find a job… but I guess an internship works too. Along with number 6… “Go Big or Go Home” is a good motto to live by. When you do something either give it your all, or don’t bother doing it.

    AND I like how these posts are all very short and to the point. It really shows that you girls are working hard to condense other findings and put it in ways for us to quickly read it. The fact that a lot of them are in lists of 5 make is such an easy read! Great job girls!

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