Career Tips

After the hard work you've put into your education, don't lose that job opportunity due to a lack of planning. Here are some important tips to help you be prepared and to land your ideal job.

Position yourself for your targeted position!
Do your research to learn what is expected and important in the ideal candidate for the position you are targeting. Try to find out the challenges the company is facing, what the short and long-range goals are, and what role you would play in achieving these if you are hired into your position of choice. Then, rewrite your resume and cover letter as a marketing presentation that defines you as the unmistakable candidate of choice for the position.

Research the job and the employer.
By researching, you can spend your time more wisely, find out about job postings before they are publicly listed, learn about the job and the benefits, and prepare in advance for an interview. This will display an interest and initiative to the potential employer. Get organized as you research. Compare researched information with your interests, knowledge, skills, abilities, salary/fringe requirements, and other needs.  Set up a simple filing system and keep the employer and job information close so you can access it quickly when in contact with the potential employer.  

Develop Your Network
Sixty percent of all job leads will come from people you already know. Make a list of friends, relatives, and other groups of people with whom you share something in common (went to school together, neighbors, clubs or associations, professional affiliations). Build your network by starting with people you know and ask them if they know anyone working in the field you are most interested in working.

Create a Simple Job-Hunting Plan
Every employer is not hiring today but maybe in the near future. You have to actively find the ones that are hiring.  Apply to at least five employers everyday.  That's 25 employers a week, 100 a month.  Use a good mix of all effective job search methods such as Internet, social media, new paper, career journals, cold calling, face to face information interviews, networking, etc. If you do stop, your flow of interviews will dry up and it will take more weeks to get the pipeline flowing again.
Remember: Getting a Job Is A Job......full-time work requires full-time search!

Contact Employers Directly

Making direct contact with employers to inquire about needs at a company or to set up informational interviews is an effective job search technique. Identify the types of companies that hire people with your skills. This information can be searched online, using the yellow pages and/or area chamber of commerce websites. (see the list of Chamber of Commerce websites to search company membership directories on the Career Services webpage)

7 Steps for Getting the Job You Want

  1. Know your skills.
  2. Have a clear job objective.
  3. Know where and how to look for job leads.
  4. Treat your job search like a full-time job.
  5. Get two interviews a day. (informational interviews count!)
  6. Practice and improve your interviewing skills.  (never turn down an may be the practice that you need!)
  7. Follow up on all contacts.


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