Job Search

Job Search

In today's market, the job search process is challenging. We can provide you with resources, suggestions and tips on the many ways to find job openings, as well as develop a marketing strategy that will aid you in your search.

Job Search Strategies

 Searching for a job can be a full-time job in itself, thus it is important that your efforts are thorough and structured. These tips and tools can help expedite your search during these challenging economic times:

Prepare/Update Your Resume

Polish Your Written Image

  • Have Career Services, friends, family, etc. proofread all of your job search documents, including  cover letters and thank you letters. Make sure all are free of errors.

  •  Make sure that your online profile is professional. Do you have content on Facebook or other social networking sites that is not professional?

  •  Is your email professional? Set up an email account specifically for your job search.

 Research Companies

  • Do your homework. Visit the organizations’ web sites to learn more about their products, services, missions, annual budgets, and organizational structure. This will enable you to ask and answer questions professionally and confidently.

  • Be open-minded about potential employers.It is important to look at all of the factors connected to a job opportunity…do not let salary alone determine your decision; consider the work involved, job location, stability of the company, corporate culture and work environment.

  • If you lack the skills for your job goal, get training. If you need experience, find it at an entry level to get your foot in the door.

Practice Interviewing

  • Consider doing a mock interview with Career Services. Have a friend practice with you, write down answers to interview questions, practice in front of the mirror, etc. The key is to practice!

  • Practicing helps ease the anxiety of interviewing as well as prepare you to answer questions confidently and intelligently.

Focus On What You Have To Offer

  • The key to staying positive during a job search and interviews is to remind yourself of what you bring to the table. Make a list of situations (jobs, volunteer or other) where you faced challenges, what your actions were, what the results were and how this translates to value for the employer.

  • Remember that while your potential employer is evaluating you, you should be evaluating them too. This is a collaboration—not an interrogation. It’s all about finding a fit for both sides.

Present a Professional Appearance

Network

  • Realize that you probably need help. Make sure you have a professional network and a non-professional network. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job. Connect with family, friends, former co-workers, professional associations in your industry, people in the groups you volunteer with.

Take Control

  •  You can't work 24/7 job searching, but do at least one thing (ideally more) every single day in support of your job search.  Did you make phone calls?  Refresh or send your resume?  Network with a former co-worker over coffee?  Research potential employers?  
  • Log everything you do.  Write about what you've done to follow up.  Everything counts.  It is pen to paper on your goals, actions and results.

Job Fairs

Online Job Search Sites

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