A smart student would make sure he/she is well-known (for the right reasons!) by his/her professors. There are many ways you can make your mark - good grades, being active in student clubs, taking leadership roles when possible, being a student ambassador etc.
The department has forged a partnership with a job placement service (Aftercollege.com) that allows us to list local jobs and view their list on our site. Jobs notified through the grape-vine are posted here. These requests come directly to our Faculty and Chair. If you register, you get a listing of jobs in the area every month or so. The link is called "Job Resource center
Also, don't under-estimate our very own Career Services. They have been very effective in placing our graduates. (MSU E-recruiting link on left)