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                  Job Search Techniques
       •   Know yourself
       •   Define your criteria
       •   Perfect your job search materials
       •   Three ways to find a job
       •   Set goals and time commitments
       •   Master networking and interviewing skills

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                                 Know Yourself
         • What are your strengths?
         • What are your weaknesses?
         • What sets you apart from your peers?




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     •    Top skills employers seek
     •    Transferable skills
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                         Define your criteria
         • What are FIVE things you need in a
           position for it to be satisfying?
             – Working with people or data or ideas or things
             – Distance from home
             – Size of city
             – Pay vs. cost of living
             – Fit with co-workers
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     •    The Decision Making Process Handout
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                        Define your criteria
       • What are your goals?
       • How could your first job get you closer to
         those goals?
       • Can you concretely put those criteria into
         words?


Helpful handouts for must know what you want BEFORE you start out to finding the right person.
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                     Remember, you are just looking for what you will do next,
                     not what you will do for the rest of your life!
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           Remember your criteria when...
       • Thinking over your first offer
            – Just because it’s your first job offer, doesn’t mean you have to
              take it. If you got one offer, there are surely more to follow.
            – Vice versa, if it fits your criteria, it’s okay to take your first job
              offer!
       • Applying for a WACKY job
            – Sure you can make about $75K fishing in Alaska, but does it
              give you skills consistent with your long-term career goals?
       • You are tired of the search, ready to be finished
            – As they say, “a job search is a full-time job.” No one said it would
              be easy (at least we didn’t).

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           Remember your criteria when...
       • All of your peers have “great” jobs
            – Stop comparing yourself to your peers, especially if
              they are in high-demand career fields.
            – Instead congratulate them and use that positive
              energy to boost your own search.
       • Faced with making some compromises
            – You may have to make some sacrifices. Be sure to
              prioritize your criteria and understand exactly why you
              are compromising.
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           It’s okay to be flexible and open...
         …as long as you are
         paying attention to any
         RED FLAGS
       • Turnover within
         organization
       • No one could say
         anything good about
         working there
       • Seems too good to be
         true
Does your offer sound too good be found at Chances are it probably is. Check with mentors,
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members, and career services professionals if something doesn’t seem right.
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                    Perfect your job search
                           materials
         • Resume
             – Based on your resume, would YOU hire you?
             – Have your resume critiqued by career services by e-
               mailing it to career.services@marquette.edu
         • Cover Letter
             – Have a solid draft of your cover letter outlining your
               skills and how they fit with the position you are
               seeking

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     •    Resume and cover letter writing
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                   Perfect your job search
                          materials
         • Interviewing
             – Feel confident as an interviewer
             – Just because you are personable, doesn’t
               mean you can nail an interview
             – Make a list of 10 skills and 10 examples of
               each skills
             – Sign up for a Mock Interview using
               InterviewStream
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     •    Frequently asked interviewing questions
     •    InterviewStream can be accessed online
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                     Three ways to find a job
       • Respond to position openings
       • Develop target list of employers
       • Network with potential contacts and
         employers


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            Respond to position openings
      • Develop a list of online job search
        sites that are best suited for your
        career field.
      • We recommend starting with those
        outlined on the Career Services
        website.

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             Respond to position openings
       •   Golden Eagle Search
            – Search local, regional, national, and global jobs and internships using this web
              crawler.
            – Any public-domain job search site including corporate web sites, those owned by
              newspapers, and major sites such as career building and monster
            – Use your emarq account to access via Career Gateway:
              https://www.mu.edu/gateway/
       •   MU CareerTRAK
            – Students and alumni are encouraged to submit their resume for inclusion in the
              MU CareerTRAK program. This comprehensive online job search tool connects
              students with employers in three main ways.
                • Full-time and Internship Position Openings
                • On Campus Interviews: InterviewTRAK
                • Resume Referral
            – Send resume for critiquing to career.services@marquette.edu


Different career fields use different sites for posting jobs, however ALL use the web. The Career Services
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subscribes to many fee-required sites for your access.
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             Respond to position openings
   • Search the internet for
         – Field specific job search sites
              • Go to favorite search engine
              • Type: <your field> jobs
                    – Example: public relations jobs
              • See what comes up




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              Respond to position openings
   • Search the internet for
         – Professional Associations
               • Go to favorite search engine
               • Type: <your field> association
                    – Example: public relations associations
               • See what comes up
               • Look for words like: career, employment, jobs




    Student memberships slide can be found at so now is a good time to join your professional association.
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                    Ask faculty and mentors which professional associations they belong to.
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      Develop target list of employers
           For whom would you like to work? You
           must determine which organzations
           typically hire someone with your skills
           and experiences




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      Develop target list of employers
       •   Vault
            – Vault is the world’s leading source of career information. It will make your efforts
              at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and
              more efficient. Resources include: 80+ Career Guides | 3,000+ Company Profiles
              | 1,100+ Career Articles | Industry Profiles
            – Access via https://www.mu.edu/gateway/
       •   Reference USA
            – Reference USA is a database of 12 million companies and organizations. It is
              searchable by geographic location, SIC codes, company size, etc.
            – Access via https://www.mu.edu/gateway/
       •   Book of Lists: Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis
            – Lists of organizations such as
                • The top 25 publicly-held companies
                • The top research and development orgnaizations
                • The top women-owned companies
            – These are only available in the Kimberly-Clark Career library
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       Develop target list of employers
           Once you have your list, actively pursue
           them by:
             – Contacting MU alumni within the organization
               using MU Connect
             – Follow instructions on the corporate website
               for applying


Do you want to really stand out? Hand found your resume and cover letter. Dress professionally and be
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prepared to interview. You never know who might be available to speak with you.


                                                                                                    Be bold!
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                     Network with potential contacts
                            and employers
       • MU Connect: Career Alumni Network
             – The Career Alumni Network is a link to alumni who have
               expressed interest in helping MU students with career
               options. The program can assist you in many ways; whether you
               are researching career fields or seeking a position in a particular
               state, industry, or organization.
             – Access via: https://www.mu.edu/gateway/
       • Professors
       • Friends of family/family of friends
       • Campus networking events
             – Speaker series
             – Alumni events

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an airplane on his way down to Florida for spring break. The man was so impressed, he asked for the student’s
resume and later hired him!
                                                                                                      Be bold!
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                                         Career Fairs
         • Career Fairs
         • Using MU CareerTRAK, students can see which organizations will
           be attending our career fairs.
             – Fall Career Fair: Two-day fair for Marquette students and alumni only.
               FALL
             – WorkForce: Wisconsin Private Colleges Fair held in Marquette’s
               Student Union for MU students and those from other private colleges in
               Wisconsin. EARLY SPRING
             – National Jesuit Collegiate e-Fair: 17 Jesuit colleges and universities
               offer an e-Fair to the students and alumni of participating colleges and
               universities among the Jesuit consortium in the United States. EARLY
               SPRING
             – Big East Fairs: Colleges and universities from the Big East Conference
               schools have joined together to form a Big East Recruiting Consortium.
               They hold both an on-site fair in Madison Square Garden, New York,
               NY and a virtual fair. EARLY SPRING


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     •    Making the most of a career fair
     •    See who is coming to the fairs by checking on our website
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         Set goals and time commitments
       • Dedicate part of each week for your job
         search
       • Take advantage of the resources available
         to you
       • Develop a job search mantra:
            – I am a copyeditor
            – I will find the job I want
            – I love being an account executive
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       Success can be yours with the help of the Career
                      Services Center




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