The Lloyd & Helen Ament Astmann '69 Career Center
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Job Searching

Job search strategies can differ significantly based on your career field, academic degree, target location and whether you are looking for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, summer positions, internships or temporary opportunities.   In spite of these differences, they are some general job search strategies that all candidates can embrace including:

Starting Early
Starting your job search early enables you to be proactive rather than reactive. It gives you adequate time to identify the most appropriate job search resources and to research potential employers and types of jobs.  An early start also allows you adequate lead time to update your resume, create a positive on-line presence, contact potential references and to expand your networking contacts.

Create Concrete Goals and Timelines
Identifying both your short-term and long term career goals can help you focus your search and allows you to use your time more efficiently.  Setting daily, weekly or monthly job search goals can help you stay on track.

Using a Variety of Strategies in Your Job Search
Make networking a central part of your job search strategy and utilize other resources such as on-line job boards, social media, professional associations, company websites, career services, placement agencies, state employment offices to identify potential openings.

Preparing a Professional Resume and Cover Letter
Resumes and cover letters can often be your first introduction to a potential employer. Make them count. Develop a targeted resume and cover letter for each job you apply to. Create a positive impression and always maintain a professional tone. Keep the information updated and current. Always be honest.  Create a print version of you resume as well as one that can be easily read electronically.

Creating a Professional Brand and Online Presence
Most employers will research you on the web. Make sure that you have created a professional presence that will highlight your accomplishments strengths. Create a Linkedin profile, website or online portfolio. 

Researching Jobs and Potential Employers
Conducting initial research helps you identify employers and jobs that are likely to be a good fit.  Being informed about the field, the company and the position can help you create more effective resumes and cover letters and can help you stand out during the interview process.

Being Honest and Ethical
Highlight the strengths and skills that you can bring to a position, not simply what you think an employer wants to hear. Stretching the truth or being dishonest at any point in the hiring process can cost you the job. Be respectful and considerate, even if you decide you don't want the job.

Career Services has created a variety of tip sheets and handouts to assist you in your career exploration and job search. Staff is also available to work with you on a one-to-one basis.

Job Search Resources

Handouts and Tips

Job Search 101
Social Media and Job Searching
Developing a LinkedIn Profile
Stress Management During a Job Search
Tips for Attending a Job Fair

Internet Resources for Career Exploration and Job Searching

Key Internet Resources
Regional Job Search Resources
Resources for Internships and Summer Jobs

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