Summer job hunting

Many students think that finding a job after graduation can be frustrating. According to AU's Office of Institutional Research, that notion may be correct as only 35 percent of last year's graduates went straight into the work force.

Despite this statistic, there are a number of resources on campus and on the Web to help graduating seniors land that first job.

By now, graduating seniors should have "a stellar r?sum?," said Katherine Stahl, executive director of the Career Center. "They know what a really good cover letter is, and they've interviewed for previous internships or through mock interviews at the Career Center."

Stahl added that students who aren't at this point should make an appointment at the Career Center to have their r?sum? looked at, even if it has worked well for them in the past.

When looking for a job, "The most important thing is perseverance, there's no question," she said. "I think the most important avenue is multiple avenues."

Students should find another senior going through a similar job search to talk about how things are going on a weekly basis, Stahl advised.

"[Job hunting] can be disheartening, frightening, exhilarating, and scary, and I think every job seeker needs a friendly cheerleader," she said.

Stahl warned against students paying for career services because so much information is out there for free.

"I wouldn't pay a fee for anything right now. Employers pay fees, students should not," she said.

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