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The Job Search. presented by. The Pennsylvania State University. Learn How to Market Yourself Effectively. know your skills set goals for yourself identify and target employers -- research! develop effective tools (resume & cover letter) make the contacts follow up on leads.

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The Job Search

presented by

The Pennsylvania State University

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Learn How to MarketYourself Effectively

  • know your skills

  • set goals for yourself

  • identify and target employers -- research!

  • develop effective tools (resume & cover letter)

  • make the contacts

  • follow up on leads

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Know Yourself:It’s a jungle out there!

  • Most important step in the process

  • Employers are most interested in what you have to offer

  • Assess your skills and abilities and communicate them effectively to prospective employers

  • Career Services can help!

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Set Your Sights:Your goals determine your direction!

Address the following:

  • career field(s)/industry(s) considered

  • preferred job functions

  • geography preference(s)

  • work environment(s) of choice

  • special needs/considerations

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Target Employers:It’s quality over quantity of contacts!

  • talk to people

  • follow industry updates inthe media

  • the WWW to check out generalinfo and specific employers

  • career-related books and employer directories in both the Career Information Center (Boucke) and the University Library

the key is research

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Target Tools, as well:Resumes and cover letters that connect!

  • edit your resume and cover letterto fit the employer and the position

  • tailor language so that the reader(employer) sees the connectionbetween your skills and their needs

  • alter the order of appearance of skills to match the order of skills listed in position descriptions

  • HIT THE BULLSEYE -- Make the Connection!

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targeted mailings

on-campus recruiting

classified ads

resume referrals

in-person visits

employment agencies

Make the Contacts:A multiple-methods approach is best!

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try to send follow-upcorrespondence within48 hours of contact

have drafts ready beforeyou make calls/contacts

“thank you” -- two littlewords that can mean so much

remember -- this is the beginning of your professional network

Follow Up:You never know where a contact will lead you!

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