Job search Strategies

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 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.

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.

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 and offices to identify potential openings.

Make sure to use the job boards in Pierce Portfolio, Portfolium (a part of your Canvas account) and LinkedIn.

Resumes and cover letters are still a mainstay in any job search. Make sure that this first introduction to a potential employer counts. Develop a targeted resume and cover letter for each job you apply. Utilize industry specific key words and write high impact statements to customize your resume to the job you want. Create a positive impression and always maintain a professional tone.

Electronic documents should have little formatting so that it can be read by an Applicant Tracking System. A printed copy that you can hand to someone in person can include more formatting and design elements.

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.

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.

Resources for Career Exploration and Job Searching

Career Services has a number of resources available in “Tech Tools” that can assist you with:

  • Resume Writing
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Internships
  • Informational Interviewing
  • Mock Interviewing
  • Developing a LinkedIn Profile
  • Career Fair Prep

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