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The job search

The Job Search

209 Wigley Administration Center  Mankato, MN 56001  507-389-6061 

Job search process facts
Job Search Process Facts

Tips for graduates on the job hunt

  • On average, it can take 6 – 9 months of active job searching for a senior or recent graduate to receive a job offer after graduation.

  • Students who frequently used their career center were more likely to receive a job offer sooner than those who did not.

  • Use of Career Services Linked to Job Offers

  • Spotlight Online for Career Services Professionals, June 23, 2010

  • The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) 2010 Student Survey shows a strong link between use of career services and a student’s ability to get a job offer. Results show that, the more frequently a senior used career services, the more likely he/she would receive a job offer. Just under 29 percent of those who received job offers had not used the career center—meaning the remaining 71 percent with offers were career center users.

  • In addition, the study found that the likelihood of getting a job offer increased with the frequency of use, so that those who used the career center four or more times a semester were more likely to have job offers than those who used it once a semester. 

Job statistics of recent msu graduates

  • Approximately 20% of grads had jobs before graduation

Job Statistics of Recent MSU Graduates

  • 6-9 Months after Graduation

  • Approximately 65% of grads had jobs

  • 7-12 Months after Graduation

  • Approximately an additional 15% of grads had jobs

Who are you
Who Are You?

  • Learn about yourself by discovering your interests, skills, and values and how they relate to the world of work.

    • Take an interest inventory (FOCUS

      Assessment, Strong Interest/MBTI)

    • Get involved with campus activities or organizations

    • Identify possible major and career fields

    • Enroll in classes that fulfill general education courses but also potential majors

Explore the world of work
Explore the World of Work

  • Gather information about occupations and relating information from self-assessment to possible career and major options.

    • Research majors and careers in the Career Resource Library

    • Consider the possibility of study abroad

    • Talk to faculty or advisors in your major to learn about potential career opportunities

    • Use What Can I Do with a Major In? to identify possible careers within your major

Create a plan and job searching
Create a Plan and Job Searching

  • Narrow and prioritize career options. Identify education/training/employment options

    • Take a leadership role in a campus organization

    • Research graduate and professional schools and their requirements

    • Prepare and take tests required for admissions

    • Draft a resume and cover letter. Use the Job Search Handbook

Enter world of work
Enter World of Work

  • Carry through on your plan of action. Enter the world of work or graduate/professional school

  • Register for and attend career or job fairs/ workshops

  • Upload your  resume into and make it available for employers to review

  • Complete graduate and professional school application process

  • Consider attending an on campus recruiting info or interview session.

Keys to finding a job
Keys to Finding a Job

  • Gain relevant experience before you start job searching

    • Examples: Internships, part-time related work experience, volunteering, campus and community involvement

  • Be able to effectively communicate these experiences to employers

  • Create a resume and have it reviewed at Quick Stop prior to distributing it

Resources to find jobs
Resources to Find Jobs

  • Networking


  • GoinGlobal

  • Professional Organizations

  • Online resources:




    • Jobs)

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  • Networking is:

    • Cultivating and maintaining professional relationships to provide and offer information and support

  • What is the importance of networking?

  • 2 primary purposes of networking:

    • To learn more about careers

    • To establish a relationship that may result in a job lead

  • 60%-80% of job seekers obtain their job offer through networking

  • Network through:

    • Face to face, online networking (Facebook & Linked in), conferences, informational interviews, career and job fairs, and professional organizations

  • Mavjobs com

    • Every MSU student has an active Mavjobs account

    • Mavjobs can be utilized to:

      • Post your resume

      • Search for jobs/internships

      • Research employers

      • Contact employers

      • Network

      • Utilize multiple resources for the job search process available

        Check it out at:


    Minnesota State University, Mankato’s exclusive job searching website!

    Search and apply for:

    On-campus & off-campus part-time jobs

    Entry-level & experienced employment


    RSVP for:

    Employer Information Sessions

    Career Fairs



    Professional organizations
    Professional Organizations searching website!

    Many professional organizations have job listings in their field posted on their websites

    • Reach out to professional organizations to:

      • Develop your professional network

      • Gain knowledge through participation and attendance at conferences

      • Keep up to date on current issues and trends in the field

    The job search

    Additional Online Resources searching website!

    • CDC website links

      • Job Search Assistance

      • Job Search Links

      • Going Global

      • Exploring Careers

      • Career Exploration

    • CareerSpots videos

      • Finding a Co-op/Internship

      • Perils of Social Networking

      • How DO you get THAT Job?

      • Informational Interview

    Career resource library
    Career Resource Library searching website!

    • Open Monday – Friday

      • 8:00 Am- 4:30 PM

    • Possible book titles: 10 Insider Secrets to a Winning Job Search, A Foot in the Door: Networking Your way into the Hidden Job Market, and 101 Tips for Graduates

    • Books available for checkout with your Mavcard

    • View the complete list of books at:

    Additional cdc resources
    Additional CDC Resources searching website!

    QuickStop walk-in hours

    Career Fairs and Events

    Who’s Recruiting on Campus?

    Where are They Now?

    Job Search Handbook

    Career development center

    Career Development Center searching website!

    To learn more visit us at:


    Monday – Friday 8:00 AM- 4:30PM

    Career Development Center209 Wigley AdministrationMinnesota State UniversityMankato, MN 56001Phone: 507-389-6061,1-800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) Email: