There are a lot of ways to mess up the job hunt, and someday I’ll write about the most creative ways I’ve seen people blow it. But a few common mistakes deserve special mention both because they’re easy to avoid and because the opposites of these mistakes are high value-add.
Mistake One: Not Using Career Centers
I always take references seriously–especially from Career Centers and professors. Knowing that campus career centers are a permanent link between the school and the company, you’d think more students would take advantage. But based on my experience around the Midwest, less than half of all graduating students use their career center at all. I wonder why this is? I suspect it’s equal parts ignorance, laziness, and preconceived notions.
The best reason to use a career center: they’re staffed with trained professionals, and their job is to help you get a job.