The first thing to be aware of when starting the job search is the different recruiting timelines for each industry. For those interested in finance or consulting, recruiting can start as early as September. For many fields, recruiting most commonly occurs in spring. Following is a guide that goes over the timeline for the entire year so you can plan and be prepared to seek out positions at the right time.
Your behavior throughout your job search reflects not only on you as a candidate, but also on Trinity College and its students and alumni. That is why it is of the utmost importance to maintain a sense of integrity and professionalism from the beginning to the end of your search. Throughout your search, it is important that you recognize (1) that your actions have potentially far-reaching consequences and may have serious effects on other people; (2) that unethical behavior tends to come back to you in negative ways; and (3) that there are ethical ways to handle “sticky” situations. Remember that your reputation is one of the most important assets you have. This guide is designed to provide a basic overview of behavioral expectations, ethical dilemmas you may face, and appropriate options to resolve these situations. Use this handout as a guideline; however, if you have specific questions, please consult with a CDC staff member.
Now, where can you search for positions? A natural idea would be to use what we are familiar with such as Google or the massive job databases, however, you may quickly find that these sites will become overwhelming. A great place to start is the Career Development Center's database, Trinity Recruiting. You are probably already familiar with this portal as a place where all of our online resources and calendar of events can be located. But, this site also serves as a place to search for non-academic internships and full-time jobs. The employers posting in this database have already identified that they are interested in Trinity students and, most of the time, you can apply right through this system. You will also be able to see which employers will be coming to campus to conduct interviews associated with certain job postings.
Individual advising appointments should also be utilized when starting the job search. There are many job boards out there specific to each industry that our advisers are familiar with and we can direct you to the best ones.
Regional Recruiting Consortia for Students
Trinity belongs to two consortia that bring together candidates from top liberal arts colleges and employers representing private, public, and nonprofit institutions. These range from law firms and financial and consulting companies to the New England Center for Children, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Peace Corps, among others. Trinity is a member of the New York Recruiting Consortium (NYRC) and the Liberal Arts Recruiting Consortium (LARC) in Boston—premiere programs for linking top students with potential employers. Trinity seniors are invited to participate in these off-campus recruiting events throughout the year. Each of these events allows you to apply for positions with multiple employers and then interview with them all in one location. Career Development staff members will help you throughout the application and preparation processes and support you on-site throughout the interview process.
- Liberal Arts Recruiting Connection - Boston: annual event in early November. Information sessions are held in late September. The Liberal Arts Recruiting Connection (LARC) is a combination Career Fair and Interview Day. Students from Bates College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Holy Cross, Mount Holyoke, Smith College, Trinity College, and Union College are invited to participate in the Interview Program. In addition to these institutions, Clark University, Providence College, Salve Regina and Stonehill students are invited to attend the Career Fair. The Interview Program is open only to Seniors; however, all students as well as alumni are invited to attend the Job Fair.
- New York Recruiting Consortium - New York City: annual event in mid January. Information sessions are held in November. Seniors from Cornell University, Connecticut College, Trinity College, Tufts University, and Union College are invited to participate. Past participating employers include Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Bloomberg and many others.