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									Job Search Strategies

          Career Services
     1047/1058 Williams Center
 Three Important Factors for a
     Successful Job Search

• Awareness of your goals and skills

• Understanding of the labor market

• Well-planned job search campaign
          When to Begin?

• Begin an ACTIVE job search a minimum
  of 6-9 months before your target
  employment date.
• Visit Career Services at least 9-12 months
  before graduation to begin the process .

• Self-assessment provides valuable
  information to facilitate career decision

• Identify your values, interests, skills,
 accomplishments, experience, and goals.

• An awareness of        Examples of Values:
  what you value will    • Job security
  aid you in exploring   • Teamwork
  career goals and
  attaining greater      • Professional status
  satisfaction in your   • Pleasant
  work.                    surroundings
                         • Different tasks
                         • Financial rewards

• Interests are closely related to values and
  often trigger skill development.

• Look at themes in your life activities,
  consistent choices, recurring dreams, or
  the way you spend your time.

• The key to a successful job search is
  recognizing your strongest skills and
  communicating the usefulness of those
  skills to a prospective employer.
          Transferable Skills

• Some of the most marketable skills are
  transferable skills, which are useful in a
  wide variety of work environments.

• Examples: the ability to write
  effectively, verbal communication, use
  of word processing and database
Research and Explore Career Options

    The next step is to explore the
    “matches” between your identified
    skills, interests, and values with the
    demands of career fields and
            Job Outlook

• Making informed career decisions
  requires researching information on
  future job outlooks.

• Visit the Career Resource Center (CRC)
  to obtain additional information on job
  trends and specific occupations.

• Participate in job shadowing
  opportunities by contacting the Career
  Services Office at 681-5197.

• Conduct informational interviews with
  our alumni or other professionals within
  your field(s) of interest.
     Explore Career Options

• Try out possible careers by obtaining
  some type of employment.

• Positions may include internships,
  co-ops, part-time or summer jobs, and
  volunteer opportunities.
      Choose a Career Field

• It is probable that no single job will
  utilize all of your skills, values and
• Target a career field that will satisfy your
  high-priority needs.
• Needs of lesser importance may be
  satisfied through leisure activities.
       Employer Research

• Researching employers will give you
  the competitive edge and help you
  determine which employers you
  want to contact.
              Research Tools
• Internet
•   Annual reports
•   Company directories
•   Trade associations
•   Newspapers
•   Fellow professionals
•   Company websites
            The Next Step
• Tailor résumés and cover letters to
  reflect your qualifications as they relate
  to the interests of prospective

• If you have questions about résumé
  writing contact the Career Services
  Office at 681-5197.
   Practice Interviewing Skills

• Obtain a list of the most commonly
  asked interview questions and practice
  answering these questions out loud.

• Schedule a videotaped mock interview
  with a Career Services staff member.
  Call 681-5197 to make an appointment.
 Conduct a Job Search Campaign

• Use a calendar or weekly planner to
  organize your search.

• Set aside a certain amount of time each
  week to conduct your search.

• Make multiple contacts each week.
    Suggested Strategies

•Pursue Advertised Vacancies

•Develop a Contact Network

•Contact Employers Directly
     Tips When Applying for
      Advertised Vacancies
• Do not waste your time responding to
  ads for which you do not qualify.

• Use your cover letter to answer
  requirements in the advertisement.

• Direct your materials to specific
Develop Your Network

–   Family members       –   Alumni
–   Friends              –   Other Students
–   Neighbors            –   Doctors
–   Previous employers   –   Clergy
–   Professors           –   Hairdressers
–   Area Chambers of
       Employer Contacts

• Attend the Eagle Expo and Education Career
  Day each semester (October and February).

• Sign up on EagleTRAK and post your résumé
  to a national job search database.

• Check EagleTRAK for additional career fair
Follow Up and Keep Records

• Maintain a record of all employer
  contacts, including interviews, referrals
  and follow up actions.

• Job seekers who fail to do this often lose
  valuable contacts with prospective
             Be Persistent!

• Job searching is a job in itself.

• If your search is not producing the
  results you would like, try a new

• Don’t hesitate to send your résumé to an
  employer more than once.

• Clarify your career goals
• Establish a network
• Identify and research potential employers
• Make appointments to talk to potential
• Arrange and prepare for an interview
• Follow up
• Seek help as needed

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