The Job Hunt is a process that takes time and effort, and if approached correctly will result in success. Before you begin applying, you need to have an idea about what you are looking for. Know your skills, interests and abilities and how you would like to use them in a career. You also should conduct research on employers and the career fields that interest you. Use a variety of approaches together and selectively rank those that work best for you.
When job seekers become desperate to find employment, they tend to think that an “I’m willing to do anything approach” is best. That can’t be farther from the truth. What every job seeker needs is a specific idea of the job they want and a plan on how to get it. Few job seekers start with these ideas since both require thought and time. Whether you’re a new graduate seeking entry-level employment, a graduate school student making career transitions, or an alumnus who has been laid off from work, you may feel pressed to quickly find or replace a source of income. You may think that you can’t afford the time needed to create a big-picture strategy and simply want to apply to as many positions as quickly as possible. The problem with this method is that it does not work, especially in a job market where employers have the pick of the litter. In fact, it does more harm than good.
If you take advantage of the following strategies you will be much better positioned to land a new job.
• Know your assets: Interests, Skills and Qualifications
Determine the kind of work you are looking for: Industry, Functions, Job Titles
• Identify where you want to work: Company, Work Setting, Location
Explore the Job Market
• Research Occupations and employers using: ONET, Vault, Occupation Outlook Handbook
Develop an application packet
• Prepare targeted and accomplishment-based materials: Resume, Cover Letter, References
Identify Job Opportunities
• Use Online resources: CDC's Job Listings, Indeed.com, Simplyhired.com, Idealist.org, Schoolspring.com, and Company websites
• Be prepared to articulate realistic salary expectations when asked by employers by using America's Job Center: Career One Stop
• International Student Job Search Resources
Develop a network. Networking is about making
connections and building relationships. By talking to people who work in
certain fields or who are affiliated with businesses that you're considering, you
can gain knowledge about a particular career field, and job type. It's a great way to learn what career paths are
possible and what skills are needed in careers of interest, and approaches to help you strategize your job search.
• Create a detailed profile on professional media sites, such as LinkedIn
• Talk to people you know: faculty, experienced professionals, coaches, advisors, mentors
• Attend Career Fairs and Networking Groups: An easy and convenient way for you to network with potential
• Practice Interviewing
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