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The Job Search Process. Presented by: The Career Center @ Towson University. 7800 York Road, Suite 206 p. 410-704-2233 f. 410-704-3459 www.towson.edu/careercenter . Career Center Services. Initial Intake Resume/Cover Letter Review Graduate Essay Review Internship Intake

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The Job Search Process

Presented by:

The Career Center @ Towson University

7800 York Road, Suite 206

p. 410-704-2233 f. 410-704-3459

www.towson.edu/careercenter


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Career Center Services

  • Initial Intake

  • Resume/Cover Letter Review

  • Graduate Essay Review

  • Internship Intake

  • Career Counseling

  • On Campus Recruiting

  • Mock Interviews

  • Alumni Services


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Let’s talk about time…

  • The average person should spend 30-35 hours per week in job hunting activities

  • Full time employees or students should expect to spend about 15 hours per week

  • It takes the average person 6 months to find a job


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Job Search – A Full-Time Activity

  • Keep records of daily job search activities

  • Set aside a space at a desk or table for all supplies you might need

  • File copies of all correspondence sent and received, application forms, letters and resumes, and employer and organization info


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Getting to Know Yourself

  • Identify your skills, abilities, and interests with a career assessment

  • The Career Center offers DISCOVER, MBTI and SII

  • Schedule a career counseling appointment


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Explore the Job Market

  • Research occupations and employers using:

    • The Career Center’s Resource Library

    • Internet

      • wetfeet.com

      • vault.com

      • Occupational Outlook Handbook

    • Know conditions of employment such as salary, hours, and working environment


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Design Your Job Search Tools

  • Develop your resume, cover letter, and references

  • Schedule a resume review and cover letter review appointment

  • Review books in The Career Center’s Resource Library

  • View online resume tutorial


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Identify Job Opportunities

  • [email protected]

  • Job Search Websites

  • Career Fairs

  • On-Campus

    Recruiting Program

  • Networking

  • Professional

    Organizations


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Most Successful Ways of Job Searching

  • Network

  • Visit employers

  • Search Employers

    • Yellow Pages

    • The Book of Lists

    • Internet

    • Chamber of Commerce directory


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Use Your Networks

  • Two Types of Networking:

    • Informal

    • Formal


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The Formal Networking Process

  • Make a list of people you know

  • Contact the people you want to meet

  • Call to set up an appointment

  • Prepare for the meeting

  • Conduct an informational interview

  • Follow-up with a thank-you note


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Informational Interviewing

  • Another great way to network!

  • Be prepared with questions, you are the interviewer

  • Gather as much information as possible about the interviewee’s job and career path

  • Conduct company research prior to the interview

  • Ask for another name of someone at the organization that you can meet with


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Preparing for an Interview

  • Participate in the mock interview program at The Career Center

  • Dress in professional attire

  • Bring cover letter, resume, and references

  • Arrive early

  • Be aware of nonverbal communication during the interview

  • Ask questions


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Follow-Up After an Interview

  • Send a thank-you note

  • If you were interviewed by more than one person, send each interviewer a thank-you note

  • Follow-up with the employer

  • Be persistent, but always remain professional


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Analyze Your Job Search Progress

  • Remember:

    • Stay positive!

    • The job search process takes time

    • Be persistent! Get something done each day


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Closing the Deal

  • Complete salary research – salary.com is a great place to start!

  • Interview the company

  • Get the job of your dreams!


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Upcoming Events

Maryland Career Consortium

Career Fair

  • Friday, February 27, 2009

  • 10a.m. – 3:30p.m.

  • Towson Center, Towson University


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Come Visit Us!

The Career Center

7800 York Road, Suite 206

Towson, MD 21252

(410)704-2233

www.towson.edu/careercenter

(Call to schedule an appointment)


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