Every year, college students are shocked to learn that some industries begin recruiting in September. Financial services, management consulting, and accounting firms are usually the first – hosting information sessions the first two weeks of the month and conducting interviews mid-month. We’re also seeing an increase in restrictiveness this year for resume submissions based on GPA, Honors only programs or a specific major or skill.
What does this mean for students?
- The early bird gets the worm – it is never too early to start exploring careers, developing skills and looking for internships and jobs
- Resumes and LinkedIn profiles must be polished early (ideally before school even starts) so students can focus on company research and interview prep
- Cover letters should be customized for each position
- Info sessions are important for making personal connections with company recruiters
- Students need to understand what industries hire on campus vs. other channels as only 11% of all jobs are placed through the career center