1. Socialize online. It's important to manage your online reputation.Make sure your LinkedIn profile is polished and up-to-date. Either don't post anything embarrassing that might prevent you from being hired , or change your privacy settings so your updates don't appear in search results.
2. Never waste a summer. Sure, you know that interning is one way to get some job experience while still in college, but don't be afraid to take on more than one over the years of your entire college education.
3. Take classes outside of your major. You can assume that if you take all the sociology classes your major requires that you'll be hireable when you finish your degree, but the truth is: that's not always the case. Other classes, especially those in business, can give you real-world knowledge that employers will appreciate. Consider taking classes in communications, public speaking, finance, and general business.
4. Meet people. Most college students aren't thinking about networking, but that's exactly what you should be doing before you graduate. Many colleges have strong alumni networks that students can tap into.Get advice on the profession you're interested in and ask questions to get tips on how to best position yourself.
5. Know how to talk about yourself. Early in your career, you may find it hard to toot your own horn. What are you going to say when someone asks: 'Who are you and what are you looking for (in relation to work)?'
Be confident in your response, and don't be afraid to say what you want. Knowing what you want out of a career proves you're a go-getter, which appeals to employers.
6. Nail the interview process. Even before you apply for your first job, find out what a professional job interview will look like. Have a friend mock interview you so you can get your nervous tics out and learn to smoothly answer questions.
7. Be open. If you zero in on one single job that you want, you might miss out on other great opportunities. Spend your college time exploring different industries you could work in, as well as different roles you might be eligible for once you graduate. Your ideal job may come from left field, so be open to possibilities.