A successful job search begins with clearly established goals. As you look to the future, discovering what the right job is for you is an individual choice.
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Ask yourself some hard questions:
- Where do you want to live?
- What work environment do you want?
- How can you grow in your career?
It's important to know yourself and to collect data on your personality, interests, and work values in order to make a sound decision about what is right for you. Complete the assessments on MyPlan and/or meet with a Career Counselor to get to know yourself and establish clear career goals.
Be sure to polish up your cover letter, resume, and practice interviewing skills as you begin the job search process. Job search preparation is the key to being successful. Take the Job Search Readiness Survey (PDF) to see if you are ready to begin this process. Browse through Career Services Job & Internship Guide (PDF) to learn about additional ways to get started both on and off line.
How Do You Conduct Research?
You will want to do both online research and in person/phone research to identify current opportunities in the marketplace where you can apply your education and experiences.
Complete online research on careers, industries, employers, and companies:
- O*Net Online: read about specific descriptions of different occupations and salary information.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: discusses careers from an occupational perspective.
- EagleLinks: connects you with alumni to discuss possible careers.
- Career Guide to Industries: discusses careers from an industry perspective.
- Vault: prepare for a job search by viewing employer profiles and rankings, industry blogs, message boards, job boards, and education information.
- True Careers: offers great industry overviews and links to 27,000 companies searchable by state and industry.
Employers / Companies
- What Can I Do With a Major In: highlights the kind of employers that hire someone with your major.
- Hoover's Online: review company and industry profiles, discover trends, and learn about new opportunities.
- Idealist: for non-profit organizations.
- MyPlan: information about careers, industries, and companies.
Research Opportunities by Connecting With Others
Finding a job requires stepping outside your comfort zone and taking some risks. Statistics show that connecting with others during your job search can have a great impact on whether you get a job, as well as how quickly you can get one. You can do this a variety of ways, such as networking, asking personal contacts, informational interviewing, and job shadowing (PDF).
- Networking (PDF): is the number one way to find a position: It allows you to tap into what is called the "hidden job market." These jobs generally are filled through word-of-mouth and 65-80% of potential jobs fall into this category.
- Informational Interviewing (PDF): allows you to interview people in the field you are interested in: You would job shadow someone for a half or full day to really see what a position is really like to decide if it is right for you.
- Social Networking hooks you into contacts faster. Learn more about Social Networking (PDF) and How to Network Professionally Online here. Start a Linked In account, which is similar to Facebook, but used in the professional world to connect people. Use Twitter to follow target organizations.
- Utilize Eagle Links - The College at Brockport Alumni Group (PDF): Eagle Links is a LinkedIn Group that allows you to speak to alumni about career
or jobs you are interested in and to gather information on geographic locations/companies
for your job search. Utilize the following resources to network with alumni.
- Build a LinkedIn Profile: Students: Building a Great Student Profile (PDF)
- To join Eagle Links, click here to be approved. All alumni are welcomed. Use Writing an Email to Connect to Alumni (PDF) to get started.