The job search
Job search assistance
If you are searching for a job, the Career Center can
assist by connecting you with the past Career Fair participants,
alumni, and other established contacts. Stop by the Career
Center to discuss your interests and goals.
The first step: self-assessment and gathering
Starting a job search can be overwhelming, especially if you
aren’t sure what kinds of jobs you’re interested in. Make a list
of your career interests and skills as well as any geographic
areas that interest you. The key to starting your job search is
limit your search by eliminating jobs, tasks and locations that
don’t interest you while still making a broad job search
possible Starting or changing your career requires dedication
and planning. To begin your job search, consider your values,
interests, education, and geographic preferences, along with
labor market trends. Make time to think about the following
questions, which can help guide your job search:
- What type of career or job would fulfill
your career-related goals?
- What types of organizations hire within your
- What are the key skills, abilities, and
knowledge that you would like to utilize in your
- What factors do you need to consider in your
career search: Personal, professional,
- What is the job outlook for your field in
the geographic region where you want to work?
- Not sure where to start? Come to the Career
Center for assistance.
The second step: developing your tools to search for
Now that you know what kinds of jobs you’re looking for, make
sure you have the tools in place to market yourself. A
professional resume and a cover letter are the two most
essential documents you will need to develop in your job search.
The Career Center encourages you to spend a great deal of time
developing these documents so they are of the highest quality
and represent you in the best way possible. You will also want
to be sure that you have a LinkedIn profile active and complete,
as this will allow you to connect and network professionally.
The third step: strategy and marketing
Many strategies exist to determine where to apply and how to
find available positions. Some of the strategies include:
networking, utilizing social media, resume referrals, on-campus
recruiting, attending career fairs, in-person visits, targeted
mailing, internet searches, working with employment agencies,
and internet searches.
The fourth step: stay organized
Finding a well-targeted job can be labor intensive. You
will need to keep applying and interviewing until you secure an
opportunity, which can often mean more than 20 applications. As
you begin to fill out applications and submit resumes consider
tracking tool to help you keep all of your opportunities and
contacts in order.
As you get further along in your job search process and begin to
anticipate job offers it is very important that you are
confident of your worth and become comfortable with salary