Conducting a job search can be overwhelming. The following information can be used to help you to successfully manage your job search. Think of it as a checklist, keeping you on track. Remember, a job search is not always a linear path, you may find yourself cycling through the process.
DEVELOP EFFECTIVE TOOLS
- Update your resume to highlight your newest skills and experiences and have it critiqued.
- Write a cover letter, so it is ready to go when you find jobs of interest.
- Create a portfolio to illustrate your abilities.
RESEARCH JOBS AND TARGET GEOGRAPHICALLY
- Work with a career counselor to learn how to target specific organizations of interest.
- Contact professional and trade associations for career and employment information and opportunities to network with professionals in your field.
- Set up informational interviews with alumni (LUnet), acquaintances, referrals, etc.
- Use directories in the Career Library to research organizations within your geographic preferences.
USE SEVERAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- Network! Network! Network!
- Target specific employers and contact them.
- Pursue advertised openings posted on LUCIE.
- Use career-related Web pages.
- If appropriate, utilize employment agencies carefully.
- Use multiple job search strategies simultaneously.
PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS
- Practice your interview skills to be sure you are ready for the interview.
- Attend an interviewing workshop or participate in a mock interview with a counselor.
- Research the organization and position.
- Prepare “stories” to answer behavioral interview questions to demonstrate specific skills.
- Ask thoughtful and meaningful questions.
- Send a thank-you letter and follow up.
CREATE A PLAN
- Identify key tasks and your time frame.
- Develop a “routine” job search schedule and keep it.
- Rejections will occur; treat them as learning experiences and move on.
- Evaluate progress regularly; meet with a career counselor to revise your approach.
EVALUATE YOUR JOB OFFERS CAREFULLY
- Know your worth; visit Career Services to research entry-level salaries in your field.
- Consider the offer as a total package of salary and benefits.