Beverly Lorig, director of career services at Washington and Lee University, agrees that students should communicate with faculty members about their job hunting needs early on in the semester—an approach that she refers to as "court the faculty."
"No faculty member wants to feel that a student considers his or her course to be of less interest than getting a job," Lorig says. "Faculty can be an interesting challenge for students engaged in an active job search. Some have attendance policies that they adhere to religiously—a big ouch for the job seeker!"
One reason some faculty members might be less than flexible is that they may have gone through very different kinds of job hunts, says Lorig, in which their prospective employers—colleges and universities—were very accommodating of academic schedules.
"This is not the case for hiring of undergraduates. Employers want to move quickly in getting candidates [in front of] the potential managers and colleagues," Lorig says.
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