Job Search Strategies
Career Services personnel are available to work with you one-on-one to find the best job that meets your personal requirements whether that means location, size of firm or work content. Simply schedule an appointment with one of our staff members to begin the process or review the following information to help you formulate your strategy:
It is important to begin with a simple assessment of you.
- What do you want to do?
- Where do you want to do it?
- What are your strengths, talents, skills, and what do you enjoy?
Understand what resources are available to you
The job search process has changed in the last five years. Consider the following resources to help you: Internet, local newspapers, public libraries, chamber of commerce, local and state career centers.
What tasks should you perform?
You may have heard it a thousand times but you'll hear it from our office too-"make finding a job your full-time job." Things to do as you are working on your job search include:
- Respond to any and all job advertisements. This means looking in those want ads. Post your resume online.
- Post your resume on all job sites.
- Participate in Job Fairs. There are career fairs every semester.
- Register with third-party employment firms. Get your resume to everyone you can as long as you don't have to pay them anything. There are "headhunters" that are paid by the employer and that is the type of firm we recommend you use.
- Mail, mail, mail. You should be looking through trade journals and industry listings and sending your resume to everyone.
- Networking. By far the most important. You need to tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job.
Identifying Potential Employers
Identify the types of companies and geographic locations that interest you. Identify jobs via "job-lines" or web site information.
How to get a name
If you want to send a resume or inquire about a position but you don't know a name at the company, try the following strategy:
- Call information for the central phone number
- "Hello, could you please tell me the name of the individual in charge of the sales department?"
- "Oh, thank you. What is her official title?"
- "Thank you very much. You've been very helpful, Ms.". . . (pause for answer)
- "Thank you, Ms. Bell. I appreciate your time."
- Now you have two names!
Looking for a job is a full-time job. Make those phone calls. Work a list of employers. Talk to everyone you know, or barely know.