When should I start job hunting?

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I graduating next June and I'm wondering when is a good time to start job hunting? I currently live in Santa Barbara, California but I am moving back to Florida (central). For this reason, I have no been attending any of the job fairs because they're all pretty much for jobs in LA or in Southern California and I do not want to stay here. However, I've been looking at job listings for the town I'm moving to in Florida and I see a lot of jobs. But I was wondering when was the appropriate time to apply? I do not want to apply TOO early. but I don't want to be too late either.
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I don't think it's too early to apply. I've heard of people having jobs lined up for as soon as they graduate. I don't think it'll hurt to get the ball rolling.
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Have you already had an internship? I'd start applying at least three months before your scheduled move.
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Have you already had an internship? I'd start applying at least three months before your scheduled move.
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
Yea, I've had three. Two I was a research assistant (same person, but I had to sign up twice. So it lasted 6 months). The other one I worked in cataloging and in the school's repository. And another one I worked in a dirt lab. So I actually have had four.
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It's never too early to apply. Especially in this economy! Good luck sounds like you have some ins already.
It's never too early to apply. Especially in this economy! Good luck sounds like you have some ins already.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Do you think my internships would help a bit? I hope so. And I've worked in retail for the past 2yrs (still work there). Hope this shows I'm dedicated.
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It's never too early to apply. Especially in this economy! Good luck sounds like you have some ins already.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Do you think my internships would help a bit? I hope so. And I've worked in retail for the past 2yrs (still work there). Hope this shows I'm dedicated.
Originally Posted by sleepymeko
Yes. But i was also thinking that maybe you can seek out those internships and see if they have positions open.
It's never too early to apply. Especially in this economy! Good luck sounds like you have some ins already.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Do you think my internships would help a bit? I hope so. And I've worked in retail for the past 2yrs (still work there). Hope this shows I'm dedicated.
Originally Posted by sleepymeko
Yes. But i was also thinking that maybe you can seek out those internships and see if they have positions open.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
They were university interns (which means they were a course). I can only take 6 units of those. And I'm moving away so really can't do any internships here. Especially since it's really expensive.
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Do you think my internships would help a bit? I hope so. And I've worked in retail for the past 2yrs (still work there). Hope this shows I'm dedicated.
Originally Posted by sleepymeko
Yes. But i was also thinking that maybe you can seek out those internships and see if they have positions open.
Originally Posted by coilynapp
They were university interns (which means they were a course). I can only take 6 units of those. And I'm moving away so really can't do any internships here. Especially since it's really expensive.
Originally Posted by sleepymeko
Oh. I see.
I think it really depends on your major and what types of positions you're looking at. The people who are applying and interviewing this early are most likely talking to companies with university recruiting programs and/or their degrees are in high demand. I know my niece and her friends had some interviews over Christmas break prior to graduating but they were with companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Chase, etc. that have big college recruiting campaigns for IT and accounting majors.

I'd say that you can start applying for jobs specifically for recent/upcoming college grads anytime. You probably wouldn't want to apply for normal job postings until closer to your move--maybe a couple months before--unless your degree is in high demand and you think a company will want to hold a job for you.
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I think it really depends on your major and what types of positions you're looking at. The people who are applying and interviewing this early are most likely talking to companies with university recruiting programs and/or their degrees are in high demand. I know my niece and her friends had some interviews over Christmas break prior to graduating but they were with companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Chase, etc. that have big college recruiting campaigns for IT and accounting majors.

I'd say that you can start applying for jobs specifically for recent/upcoming college grads anytime. You probably wouldn't want to apply for normal job postings until closer to your move--maybe a couple months before--unless your degree is in high demand and you think a company will want to hold a job for you.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
I totally agree with this.

Also--Your "2" internships with the same person, you should call that one internship.

Anything on your resume that you can spin as relevant experience to the jobs you're applying for is great. Hopefully your internships you can put on your resume that way. While your retail job might show you can commit to showing up on time every day, that's really it's only relevance IMO, if you're looking for a job in your field, whatever that may be.
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I think it really depends on your major and what types of positions you're looking at. The people who are applying and interviewing this early are most likely talking to companies with university recruiting programs and/or their degrees are in high demand. I know my niece and her friends had some interviews over Christmas break prior to graduating but they were with companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Chase, etc. that have big college recruiting campaigns for IT and accounting majors.

I'd say that you can start applying for jobs specifically for recent/upcoming college grads anytime. You probably wouldn't want to apply for normal job postings until closer to your move--maybe a couple months before--unless your degree is in high demand and you think a company will want to hold a job for you.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
I totally agree with this.

Also--Your "2" internships with the same person, you should call that one internship.

Anything on your resume that you can spin as relevant experience to the jobs you're applying for is great. Hopefully your internships you can put on your resume that way. While your retail job might show you can commit to showing up on time every day, that's really it's only relevance IMO, if you're looking for a job in your field, whatever that may be.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Yea, I put the two internships under the same person. I also worked as a research assistant, which is pretty much an internship. That one is separate since it was under someone else.
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Florida has been hit pretty hard with unemployment.

Without knowing your field it's hard to say when you should start looking. It's never too early to start networking though and I think that should be started immediately.

Will you be back in your hometown over the holidays? If so, I would look into if there are any job fairs or ways to get your face/name out there.
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