Job Search

Basic TIPS

  • Before you can look for a job, you need to know what you want
  • Being open to anything is a very ineffective way to look for a job
  • Identify what job function you want to perform & what industry you want to work in to help target your search
  • Find a particular passion or mission that you believe in

10 Steps in a Job Search

1. Determine your goals

6. Schedule informational interviews

2. Prepare your resume

7. Join a professional association

3. Create an action plan

8. Research

4. Search job advertisements

9. Target employers

5. Network

10. Send unsolicited resumes

Top Effective Job Search Strategies

Strategy 1:  Search for Job Postings 5%

  • Newspapers:  i.e.
  • Online Job Banks:
  • Job Fairs

Strategy 2:  Networking 75%

  • Networking simply means talking to people about your career goals and spreading the word about your experiences
  • 70-90% of jobs are found via networking
  • Be specific about what you are looking for and how others can help
  • Create a 30 second introduction with goals, skills, and background
  • DO NOT ask for a job
  • Send a Thank You note referencing something you discussed, i.e. "Your suggestion to... was excellent"
  • Most people will be flattered by the request for help and love to talk about what they do, so do not worry about intruding.
  • Attend events for general and specific fields, including networking events and professional organizations
  • Prepare a 30 second introduction about your goals, skills, and background
  • Talk with many employers and collect business cards

Strategy 3:  Target Employers 15%

  • Think about what industry or field you would like to work in when you graduate
  • Identify the companies or organizations within that industry that appeal to you, whether it is a major player or a smaller, family-owned business
  • Create a target list of the top 10-20 places you want to work
  • Check the company websites weekly for open positions
  • Look under Human Resources, Employment, Personnel, or Jobs
  • Use your network to find someone who works for that company
  • Contact the company to see about future opportunities if you do not find any openings

Strategy 4:  Temporary/Employment Agencies 5%

  • Should be free
  • Sign up with more than one
  • You may be placed at different companies each day.  This can be a benefit because you will get exposure to many office environments and businesses

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Deirdre Duddy-KennedyEvent Management, Class of 2016"Once I set foot on campus, I knew it was the school for me!"  

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