How soon is too soon to applly for a job?

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How soon is too soon to applly for a job?

Postby TF » Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:52 pm

So I found a potential job that I would be interested in applying for. My question is, is it adviseable to apply for it now?

I am not totally sure when I will be graduating. My boss and I think that this summer is good, but this won't be discussed with my committee until early March.


How soon is too soon to applly for a job?

Postby Andy » Wed Feb 02, 2005 4:23 pm


To me it sounds like you are too early to apply for jobs that would start this summer. Like I think I mentioned before, when people hear that a grad student "think's they'll graduate this summer," they often do the math and figure that person will be done in the fall or December.

Once you set a date to defend your thesis (and have everything else wrapped up), then 90 days before that date is a great time to start applying for jobs.

However, NOW is the time to be making the contacts through which interviews and other positive job search experiences will come.

Good luck,


How soon is too soon to applly for a job?

Postby Dave Jensen » Wed Feb 02, 2005 4:34 pm

Andy's advice (as usual) is terrific.

Now is the time to set up a networking database (a big rolodex for all the info you are going to pull in on companies and people!) as well as start asking "Who do you know?" of your colleagues, etc.

Companies can't seem to see beyond two or three months. They know they have an open position now, and it is a real pain in the butt, etc, but they can't figure out what they're going to need in December.

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How soon is too soon to applly for a job?

Postby Kevin Foley » Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:51 pm

FYI, if you accept a job offer, most companies will expect you to start work within two weeks. Obviously there are exceptions (once I was able to negotiate a 2 month delay), but this time frame is typical. So there is no point in applying for industry jobs too far in advance, unless you think they will be desperate to get you.

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