Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Sunday, January 20, 2019
Thanks for the questions. Spring is definitely a lighter time for recruitment, but there are still plenty of opportunities, so I wouldn't get discouraged. Some companies often times don't get their hiring/budget approvals until after the new year, so it could be a really good time to search depending on the companies.
With any job search, the more you invest into it, the more likely you will get a better outcome. That means, I would recommend taking several approaches toward networking and getting your name in front of companies that you are interested in as much as possible. Some suggestions include:
- Connect with alumni or other individuals currently working at your target companies indicating your interest in joining their team.
- Talk with professors or your career center to see if they have any contacts at those companies they could put you in touch with.
- Attend other on-campus events that might be hosted by the companies you are interested in (student chapter meetings, speakers, etc.).
- Be clear with companies why you waited this long to attack your job hunt. You might want to add a comment or opening on your cover letter and/or resume that explains your reasoning.
Lastly, I would also recommend you take the time to research other companies that will be on your campus in the spring. You never know if you might find something else you would really be interested in joining.
Thanks and good luck with your search!