December Grad Entry-Level Job Search?

Hey all,

I'm graduating December with a Finance BBA from a good but non-target school in NYC, and no finance internship. How the hell do I--or other people graduating off-season--find entry-level positions that start in December/January? Do I basically have to wait until then to start looking? Keep trolling the job boards til something comes up?

I'm not super worried about how to sell my own experience and academic record, though I'll never turn down advice on that. My question on this thread is more focused on how to actually locate those positions, and when I can expect to see them pop up.

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Jul 22, 2020 - 1:04am

My recommendation (based on my experience in finance and consulting and graduating during off-cycle):

  1. Be proactive, even for shit jobs take the interviews and practice and refine your pitch, answers, fundamentals, etc.
  2. Your resume is probably shit, even if it is not. Do you have 30+ different copies of your resume tailored for each possible position? No? Get back to MS Word and keep refining/chugging along
  3. DO NOT JUST TROLL JOB BOARDS. Lurk Indeed, sometimes apply on linkedin/ziprecruiter/whatever your school's job system is, but ALWAYS use those postings to look on the actual company's website to see if the posting is still up.
  4. .... use it and stop using LinkedIn to "connect"
  5. Jobscan - incognito mode. Congrats, your job board application % just went up.

I just gave you advice that I provide in private consultations that I charge clueless Community College & big state school kids $60+, $90+ for experienced hires. You follow those 5 steps and guarantee it will likely cut your 6-7 month search down to 2-3, maybe 4 depending on the start of certain seasonal roles.

T. someone who spent 5 months before I perfected my process and had too many interviews to count

Jul 22, 2020 - 4:17pm

Thanks for the advice!! I've definitely been tailoring my resumes/CL's per application and applying directly as often as I can. I didn't know about Rocketreach or the incognito Jobscan--I appreciate it!

As an off-cycle grad, when (as in time of year) did you start having success seeing positions starting after graduation? Was it during the Fall semester, or more after you'd graduated?

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Jul 22, 2020 - 7:35pm

I started seeing success around March time-frame as a december grad, was actively searching throughout fall but increased focus in november since, as you probably know, off-cycle is slim pickings.

My first role out of college didn't even start until beginning of May despite the winter/spring interviews.

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