Effective Job Search Strategies: An Overview



Step 1 Conduct a self-assessment and identify your:

  • Skills and abilities
  • Interests
  • Values
  • Experience
  • Strengths and limitations

    Step 2Explore your career options:
  • Research careers that meet your interests, skills, and values
  • Conduct informational interviews and do some networking
  • Take advantage of Career Partners to gather information
  • Obtain career-related experience through: related employment, related volunteer work, internships, pre-professional organizations
  • Visit the Office of Career Development to speak with a counselor

    Step 3 Set your career goals:
  • Clarify and be able to articulate what kind(s) of position(s) you prefer, what kind(s) of organization(s) you would like to work in and where you want to be geographically
  • Determine if additional education is needed to meet your goals
  • Develop your job search plan and consider devising back-up plans as well

    Step 4Develop and conduct your job search campaign:
  • Have your resume and cover letter critiqued
  • Participate in a mock interview
  • Join professional organizations and community groups
  • Think like an employer in your field and ask yourself, “How do they meet their hiring needs?”
  • Network with family, friends, professors, past employers, and neighbors
  • Research organizations in your field
  • Utilize the Office of Career Development web site for job listings
  • Send resumes and cover letters to target employers
  • Attend job fairs and participate in recruiting events
  • Read the newspaper classifieds
  • Interview with organizations of interest to you and send thank you notes
  • Consider a temporary assignment or contract work
  • Consider “stepping-stone” jobs
  • Consider graduate school or additional training in your field
  • Track your activity carefully

    Step 5Rate your job offers:
  • Understand that rejection is part of the process
  • Consider negotiating your start date, salary or benefits
  • Accept an offer that is best for you
  • The ethical path is to stop interviewing once you have accepted an offer
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