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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 . Career Center Services. Initial Intake Resume/Cover Letter Review Graduate Essay Review Internship Intake

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the job search process
The Job Search Process

Presented by:

The Career Center @ Towson University

7800 York Road, Suite 206

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

career center services
Career Center Services
  • Initial Intake
  • Resume/Cover Letter Review
  • Graduate Essay Review
  • Internship Intake
  • Career Counseling
  • On Campus Recruiting
  • Mock Interviews
  • Alumni Services
let s talk about time
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
job search a full time activity
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
getting to know yourself
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
explore the job market
Explore the Job Market
  • Research occupations and employers using:
    • The Career Center’s Resource Library
    • Internet
      • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    • Know conditions of employment such as salary, hours, and working environment
design your job search tools
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
identify job opportunities
Identify Job Opportunities
  • Hire@TU
  • Job Search Websites
  • Career Fairs
  • On-Campus

Recruiting Program

  • Networking
  • Professional


most successful ways of job searching
Most Successful Ways of Job Searching
  • Network
  • Visit employers
  • Search Employers
    • Yellow Pages
    • The Book of Lists
    • Internet
    • Chamber of Commerce directory
use your networks
Use Your Networks
  • Two Types of Networking:
    • Informal
    • Formal
the formal networking process
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
informational interviewing
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
preparing for an interview
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
follow up after an interview
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
analyze your job search progress
Analyze Your Job Search Progress
  • Remember:
    • Stay positive!
    • The job search process takes time
    • Be persistent! Get something done each day
closing the deal
Closing the Deal
  • Complete salary research – is a great place to start!
  • Interview the company
  • Get the job of your dreams!
upcoming events
Upcoming Events

Maryland Career Consortium

Career Fair

  • Friday, February 27, 2009
  • 10a.m. – 3:30p.m.
  • Towson Center, Towson University
come visit us
Come Visit Us!

The Career Center

7800 York Road, Suite 206

Towson, MD 21252


(Call to schedule an appointment)