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Plan Your Job Search Like a Road Trip . Decide Where You Want to Go. Clarify your career goals What do you want to do? What skills do you have that you like using Where do you want to do it? Type of company or environment you would like to work for. Self Assessment and Career Exploration.

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Decide Where You Want to Go

  • Clarify your career goals

  • What do you want to do? What skills do you have that you like using

  • Where do you want to do it? Type of company or environment you would like to work for.


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Self Assessment and Career Exploration

  • Focus

  • Sigi

  • Meyers-Briggs

  • Career Key, etc.

  • Counseling Appointments

  • Talk to Alumni

  • Shadow

  • Internships, Volunteer, etc.


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Pack Your Bags

  • Resume-Multiple versions for different occupations

  • Cover Letter

  • Now you are ready to go


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Map Out The Best Route

  • Develop and implement task-oriented, deadline-oriented, personalized job-search plan-do not do this at random

  • Schedule time each week to work on job search plan

  • Set small, incremental goals and chip away at them


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Hit The Road

  • Two ways to travel

  • 1. Interstate Highway-Open job market-internet-easy but congested-only 15-20% of all jobs advertised-Reactive approach

  • 2. Scenic Route-Hidden job market-Proactive

  • Use both


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Open Job Market Strategies

  • Respond to job advertisements-use only the ones applicable to use-don’t apply to everything.

  • Post your resume online-research and choose appropriate resume posting sites. Organize and track progress.

  • Participate in on-campus recruiting.

  • Participate in job fairs-everywhere.


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More Strategies-Open Job Market

  • Use Career Service’s resume referral program.

  • Register with third-party firms. Three types-Temporary, Public (state employment offices) and Private (Headhunters)


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Hidden Job Market Strategies

  • Mass mailings -use online employer directories and make little changes in cover or resume but make sure they are for that industry-Keep records

  • Targeted mailings -Develop list of 10-15 top companies-Locate contact names and research companies-tailor cover and resume-Do follow-up calls and make sure your cover says you will do so


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More Hidden Job Market Strategies

  • Networking-Let everyone know you are seeking job-Meet with Career Center for their contacts-Talk to faculty-Use friends, family, etc.

  • You must take time to practice your interviewing skills-reflect your skills, research, mock interviews

  • Persevere! Don’t worry about being told no so many times, it only takes one yes.


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