Sorry if this doesn't belong here; the careers forum doesn't get much traffic so I figured I'd try to get the parents' collected wisdom :)
I'm finishing undergrad May 2009, and starting to get pretty antsy about making sure I'm employed after graduation, but I can't figure out when to start pounding the pavement and sending out resumes. On the one hand, it seems like it would never be too early to start trying, but on the other I feel ridiculous applying for current job openings that almost surely won't still be open by the time I can actually take them. I don't want to seem like I'm spamming potential employers! Obviously if there's a specific start date I can't do I won't apply, but if I find a listing for my dream job now that doesn't have a specific start date, should I try for it?
My degree is going to be in biology and linguistics, but I'm mostly looking at case-management, intake, and other entry-level jobs at healthcare focused companies and orgs. A lot of them would prefer BSW or MSWs, but I had a position running triage-intake and assisting with programs at a developmental disabilities agency, so I've been told I'm decently qualified.
My current strategy is that since I'm also looking for part time jobs and internships for right now/the spring, if I'm applying to an immediate part time opening somewhere I'd also like to work after graduation, I include a line about that in my cover letter. Does that make sense? When should my job search go into high gear?