Job Search Strategies

Job Search Strategies

Know what you want to do. Develop steps to take in your career. Answer questions about the type of industry you would like to workin, the type of job you would like to have and where you would like to work. When you answer these questions you will narrow your search considerably and it will become more manageable. If you are having difficulty answering these questions, contact the Career Services Office and schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor to discuss your options.

Prepare your resume. Have a prepared resume on a disk or jump drive. Know that with each job you apply for you will be individualizing your resume to the position and company you are applying to. If you need assistance contact the Career Services Office or refer to the resume section of this website.

List your contacts. Prepare a networking list. Include name, title, company, address, phone number and e-mail address for each contact. Refer to the Networking section on this website or contact the Career Services Office for assistance.

Identify Sources of Job Leads.
  • Create a list and bookmark on your computer the websites of various companies and organizations where you have an interest in working. Most organizations list career openings on their websites. Review these sites regularly (at least weekly). Carefully use mega search engines such as monster.com.
  • While it is convenient to post your resume and wait for the contacts to roll in, this is not what will probably happen. Most job seekers are successful when they apply directly to a company/organization.
  • Do not use a mass mail approach to job seeking. Sending out multiple resumes and cover letter to companies who do not have posted openings is a waste of time and money as you will get very few responses.
  • Register with third party employers (often known as staffing agencies or employment agencies). Often companies hire third-party employers because they need employees but don’t have the time or resources to advertise, screen and interview candidates. Many times, employers are looking for permanent employees and use agencies to identify appropriate candidates. Some assignments are short term and many are for permanent placements.
  • Check the classified ads in the newspaper or on line. While this is not where you will find most opportunities, you may find one.
  • Track your contacts. Keep a spreadsheet of resumes sent, contacts made and interviews you have had. This will keep your job search more organized and reduce the risk of not remembering who you spoke with or the position title you interviewed for.
  • Follow-Up. After an interview, send a thank you e-mail or handwritten note. It only takes a few minutes but it may make an employer see you more favorably. When interviewing, ask what the hiring timeline is. Then you can make contact with the employer about the position at an appropriate time.