The job search

Job search assistance
If you are searching for a job, the Career Center can assist by connecting you with the past Career Fair participants, alumni, and other established contacts. Stop by the Career Center to discuss your interests and goals.

The first step: self-assessment and gathering information
Starting a job search can be overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure what kinds of jobs you’re interested in. Make a list of your career interests and skills as well as any geographic areas that interest you. The key to starting your job search is limit your search by eliminating jobs, tasks and locations that don’t interest you while still making a broad job search possible Starting or changing your career requires dedication and planning. To begin your job search, consider your values, interests, education, and geographic preferences, along with labor market trends. Make time to think about the following questions, which can help guide your job search:

  • What type of career or job would fulfill your career-related goals?
  • What types of organizations hire within your intended career?
  • What are the key skills, abilities, and knowledge that you would like to utilize in your career?
  • What factors do you need to consider in your career search: Personal, professional, geographic?
  • What is the job outlook for your field in the geographic region where you want to work?
  • Not sure where to start? Come to the Career Center for assistance.

The second step: developing your tools to search for opportunities
Now that you know what kinds of jobs you’re looking for, make sure you have the tools in place to market yourself. A professional resume and a cover letter are the two most essential documents you will need to develop in your job search. The Career Center encourages you to spend a great deal of time developing these documents so they are of the highest quality and represent you in the best way possible. You will also want to be sure that you have a LinkedIn profile active and complete, as this will allow you to connect and network professionally.

The third step: strategy and marketing
Many strategies exist to determine where to apply and how to find available positions. Some of the strategies include: networking, utilizing social media, resume referrals, on-campus recruiting, attending career fairs, in-person visits, targeted mailing, internet searches, working with employment agencies, and internet searches.

The fourth step: stay organized
Finding a well-targeted job can be labor intensive. You will need to keep applying and interviewing until you secure an opportunity, which can often mean more than 20 applications. As you begin to fill out applications and submit resumes consider using this Networking tracking tool to help you keep all of your opportunities and contacts in order.

Salary negotiation
As you get further along in your job search process and begin to anticipate job offers it is very important that you are confident of your worth and become comfortable with salary negotiation.