checklist for graduates

Buy a well-fitted suit. 

  • Although a suit can be pricey, think of it as an investment in your future.

Polish up your resume. 

  • Get your resume and cover letter critiqued. 

Start networking. 

In this currently tight employment market, active networking is even more important. Sign up on

LinkedIn for a professional online networking presence.

Attend local career fairs. 

  • Many community chamber of commerce and business organizations offer job fairs.

Research and apply to graduate school. 

  • Note important deadlines and admission requirements.

Take the GREs, LSATs, MCATs, GMATs, etc. 

  • These tests may be needed for entry into graduate school.

Gather your reference information.

Start your job search early. 

  • It's important to use many strategies in your job search because only 15 to 20 percent of all job openings are posted online.

Consider an internship after graduation. 

  • Some industries will hire graduates for internships in the first six months after graduation.

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