1. EXPLORE, RESEARCH, AND DEVELOP TARGETS
- Effective job seekers determine which career fields are of interest and can describe how their skills relate to a given career area.
- Conduct research on various career fields and occupations. You do not need life-long goals. The immediate goal is employment post-graduation, not what you want to do ten years from now.
2. WRITE JOB CORRESPONDANCE MATERIALS
targeted résumés and cover letters
based upon the field(s) you are pursuing and accompanying documents. Proofread all documents. Errors are not acceptable in resumes or cover letters.
- Have a career counselor and everyone you know review all correspondence with you. Opinions from reviewers will vary based upon industry, expertise, and personal preferences. A variety of opinions will help you to write a better document.
3. DEVELOP A LIST OF PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS
- Use printed directories, industry lists, and online resources to create a list people and organizations to contact.
- The Business Career Services Library contains many resources outlining employers by function
4. RESPOND & APPLY TO OPPORTUNITIES
- Submit the desired application materials to organizations that list job opportunities online (i.e. JobShop), in printed resources, and at job fairs.
- Many applications will be submitted directly through a company website…..it will be reviewed!
- Send letters of inquiry and cover letters to companies of interest. Attend events sponsored by the department and college (i.e. speakers, panels, etc.).
- Identify alumni, friends, family, and faculty. The first contact provides information, not jobs.
- Conduct informational interviews to learn more about the field. Jobs don't come to you....you go to them.
- The College has resources and programs to help you meet alumni and other professionals. Contact the Business Career Services Office for more information.
6. QUALITY FOLLOW UP
- Never assume that your documents are in the correct place. Always call or e-mail, unless directed otherwise, to find out if your application was received and to reiterate your interest in their opportunity.
- Devise some questions prior to calling as a candidate with good inquiries is viewed as a quality applicant.
7. PRACTICE INTERVIEWS
- Resumes do not lead to jobs. They only lead to interviews.
- Effective interviewing is a skill, just like writing a resume. It can be taught. Arrange a mock interview.
- Interviews are conversations that rely on preparation. Know what you wish to convey about your attributes/ skills.
8. EVALUATE & ACCEPT
- Don't worry about "what if." Evaluate your offer once it has been made.
- Determine how it coincides with your goals. Ask for an offer in writing, convey enthusiasm, and accept.
Key Advice: When looking for a job, continue to build your skills. For instance, recent graduates should volunteer, do a post-graduate internship, take one graduate class, etc. Potential employers like to see candidates who advance their skills while job hunting!
Last Updated 5/4/11