Job Search Overview
The job search process is a daunting task even for the most experienced professionals let alone for a college graduate looking for their first destination job – entry level. While there is a great deal of preparation and work involved in securing a job, Career Services hopes that the following pages will help you understand the pieces to the puzzle and be better equipped to develop your career documents as well as handle going the distance to achieve your future career. There are multiple components to a career search and a job seeker must constantly re-cycle through these to continue updating, researching, and marketing themselves. Good Luck!
There is an old adage “Make a plan and work the plan” which is extremely appropriate for a job search. Doing your homework does not end when your classes do. There is a great deal of hard work and effort to be put into a job search. You need to prepare for your job search, plan and get organized, and then just do it. Follow your plan, record results, update your plan, record results, until you are successful at landing that wonderful job you deserve.
You have already achieved many skills that you probably are not aware of but need to communicate to your future employer clearly on your resume and in interviews. You may have not worked directly in your field of study but you have your education in your major and transferable skills. You have transferable skills from your work experiences, college course work, extra-curricular activities, and volunteer/community service.
Your resume is “you” on a piece of paper when you are not in the room to present and speak for yourself. Your resume needs to be carefully and painstakingly crafted to give you a sense of confidence every time you present it to an employer for a position. What resume sections you use, the order of the sections, a crisp easy to read format for the employer, use of strong action verbs describing the results and accomplishments you have achieved - all must be carefully weighed and considered to produce your final key job search tool, your resume.
Everything in writing to an employer must be pristine, that includes your cover letter, emails, and the thank you note you send after an interview. Each is an opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism and the results of your college education. There are 10 different letters covered in the Career Services’ Online Letter Builder with descriptions and samples provided for all. Your cover letter requires the greatest effort to respond to the employer and clearly indicate the skills and experiences you have which match the job description requirement. The Cover Letter Guide will step you through the process to create a compelling cover letter.
We have provided you with over 60 job search engines in 11 different categories. There are also additional job search engines in the “Careers By Major” tab. Select your major and then use the job search engines which are specific to your major. Also the Associations in your major will have job boards as well. When you find job search engines you like, create “search agents” which can automatically run daily searching on the criteria and location you are interested in. Let the technology do some of the work for you. Every morning you will wake up to emails from your search agents of new positions that have been posted matching your criteria.
Your resume has finally paid off and you have landed an interview. You are one step closer to getting that job. Now you have a lot of work to do to get ready for that interview. You need to do company research, analyze the job description and your background thoroughly, prepare answers to typical interview questions and practice mock interviews – why not video your mock interview using the Post University online career tools? Don’t forget to get your professional business suit ready in advance and turn off your cell phone when you arrive on time!
What does your internet brand look like and how does it impact your job search and employers’ perception of you as a potential employee? You need to assess your internet brand, design your internet brand, and create your internet brand. This is not a small effort which can be done in a few days. You will need time to buff and polish your internet image, publish new content to the web to increase your web presence in a positive way as well as remove content that is undesirable.
An in-depth look at the three most frequently used social media sites – Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook – shows that they all support your job search efforts from networking with recruiters, employers, and company employees to finding job and internship opportunities to conversations about careers, job searching, and job postings. There are also websites and Apps that integrate with the social media which will support your job search. A very critical item is preparing your privacy settings so you can be found as a professional but not seen socially when inappropriate to your job search.
Career planning is a lifelong process and doesn’t end once you’ve found your first job. Most people today will change careers many times during the course of their lives. However, general career advice can become confusing for those who have been in the same career for several years. In order to take serious stock in finding something that is fulfilling, it all begins with self-discovery. Once you realize that you want to make a change, we can help you learn how to bridge the gap and make the transition.