Education: Taking a Course in Go-Getting

Students hustle as company recruiters return to campus

Kathleen Whittemore, 21, a senior majoring in international relations at U.C.L.A., has launched a campaign that requires preparation, precision and luck: looking for a job. Like many other ambitious college seniors, she has bought a dress-for-success wardrobe, worked as an unpaid intern, and attended seminars on resume writing and interviewing. She signs up for the maximum three interviews with company recruiters allowed students each week, and then seeks additional appointments by getting to the U.C.L.A. placement office by 5:30 or 6 a.m. to see if any fellow students have canceled. Says she: "I'm finding...

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