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Jan 13, 2017 03:57 AM EST

Most college seniors undergo a gamut of emotions during these final years. They are both excited and at the same time apprehensive of the future, especially if they can get a job immediately or not. If you're a college student, this one is for you no matter what year you are in. Here's how you can increase your chances of getting hired immediately.

First and foremost, if you think that job hunting starts whe1n you're in your senior year, think again because it should start earlier than you think. In fact, it can start as early as your freshman or sophomore year. Remember, you entered college because you want to get your dream job and what better way than to start building your dream as early as possible.

With this in mind, it is then much better to start looking at internship programs related to your major even when you're still a freshman, sophomore, or junior. Not only will an internship help you decide which career you want to pursue but it can even lead to a job offer after graduation.

Nine months before your graduation, start signing up with your career center so that you will get the latest updates about job fairs or job openings. Even when recruitment usually start in the fall, recruiters accept applications as early as the first quarter of the year. Moreover, you should also focus on beefing up your resume at this time by assuming leadership positions every time there's an opportunity to do so.

Speaking of career fairs, make sure you attend them to get an idea what recruiters are looking for. Employers are also starting to interview students around January or February. Before this time, start polishing your communication skills by practicing at career centers which usually conduct mock interviews.

Also, ask recommendation letters and advice from your professors while you are still taking their class.

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