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Job Search Resources

Presented by:

Brendan Johnson, Career Services Library Assistant

Drexel University

Steinbright Career Development Center

allow me to introduce myself
Allow me to introduce myself…
  • Brendan Johnson, Career Services Library Assistant
    • I can direct you towards job search resources
    • I am available for individual consultations.
    • Webpage:
    • Email:
    • Phone: 215-895-6843
  • Why are you here?
what we will cover today
What we will cover today:

Resources available to you

Job Search Strategies

Your turn!

  • Careers Collection
    • Where: on main floor of Hagerty Library
    • What: Any- and everything career-related
    • When: Whenever the library is open
    • How: Use the library catalog, browse the shelves, or ask a librarian
  • Careers Services Library Assistant page
    • Where:
    • What:
      • Chat
      • Careers blog
      • Contact info
      • Career guides
      • Workshop schedule and PowerPoint
      • Career Databases
      • Handouts
the process
The Process

It’s not as scary as it sounds, but it does take work.

  • Define your search
  • Preparation
  • Targeting & Researching companies
  • Networking
  • Applying to posted positions
define your search
Define Your Search
  • Determine your career interests
  • Ask yourself:
    • What type of job do I want?
    • What industries am I interested in working in?
    • Where, geographically, do I want to work?
  • Conduct informational interviews

Tip: See the Career Exploration career guide

no clue
No clue??

Career Counselors at the Steinbright Career Development Center

To schedule an appointment call (215) 895-2185

  • They provide individual consultations and career advice based on career reports generated through career aptitude tests and assessments
vault career insider
Vault Career Insider

Free personal registration is required to access this resource!

  • Get great Career Advice to help you learn more about different industries and professions:
  • A Day in the Life-learn about the daily lives of professionals
  • Industry overview-learn about an industry of interest
  • Occupation profile- job descriptions and Career profiles
  • First Person- first person accounts of different professions
  • Compensation & benefits- learn about what professionals are earning

Also check out Vault’s Career Topic Guides

  • Update your resume
  • Be armed with a 30 second commercial
  • Begin your Cover Letter preparation
  • Look out for Career Services events from Steinbright and your department/college!
resume and cv
Resume and CV
  • Resume’s & CV’s are helpful in showing your skills, abilities and relevant experiences.
  • Check out the Resume Writing Career Guide for great websites that can help you with your resume
  • Also check out the hundreds of Resume books in Hagerty and Hahnemann libraries
  • Speak to your Coop coordinator or a Career Services counselor for resume critique.
cover letters super important
Cover Letters: Super Important!

A cover letter demonstrates your communications skills and how well you understood the job description.

  • Check out the Cover Letter Writing Career Guide and the Cover Letter Sample handout.
  • Remember that you can speak to your Coop coordinator or a Career Services counselor for help critiquing your cover letters as well.

Your Resume

Job Description


Search for & Research Companies

Tip: Use the

Company Directories career guide!

  • Research company websites
  • Print company directories
  • Alumni/Your Network
  • Electronic company databases
      • Try D&B Million Dollar Database, Hoovers, and Vault Career Insider
d b million dollar database
D&B Million Dollar Database

Find companies only located where you are looking

Find companies in specific industries using SIC or NAICS industry codes

Find the contact information for these companies in your results.

  • American companies abroad& Foreign countries in the US
  • Search by industry code, keyword, and location
  • Export your results to Excel


Research the companies you find

Read a company description

Look at how the company is making news, and what they’re making

Check out other similar competitors

Look up contacts in HR or Engineers in the R&D departments


Encyclopedia of Associations

  • Uncover professional associations locally, nationally, and internationally
contacting companies
Contacting Companies
  • Have a phone strategy- ask to speak to someone in your area of expertise to discuss the possibility of arranging an internship
    • Use the Calling a Company Phone Script
  • Don’t discount the value of a phone call (especially long-distance phoning!)
  • If you get turned away:
    • “Can I send you my resume and cover letter for you to keep on file just in case something comes up?”
    • Offer yourself as a fill-in candidate to replace other interns if they drop out last-minute
but do these companies sponsor international students
But do these companies sponsor international students??
  • The Bad News:
    • We can’t know for sure.
  • The Good News:
    • We do have some resources that can help you narrow down your list of companies in the Guide for International Students.
networking expanding your network
Networking: Expanding Your Network
  • Join a professional association
    • Student organizations and chapters
    • Use the Encyclopedia of Associations!
  • Use LinkedIn

networking meet potential employers
Networking: Meet Potential Employers
  • Steinbright Career Development Center
    • Career Fairs
    • Employer presentations
  • Check out your college or department website!
finding posted positions
Finding posted positions
  • Steinbright Career Development Center:
    • For non-coop opportunities: Dragon Jobs

finding posted positions1
Finding posted positions
  • Internship search sites
  • Print internship directories
  • Vault Career Insider
  • General job search websites
  • Industry-specific job search sites
    • Professional associations
    • Career guides
    • Your College or Department website

Tip: Use the Internship/Coop Search and Job Search career guides!!

going global
Going Global
  • Job and Internship Search
  • 5 Main Functions:
  • Country Guides
  • City Guides
  • H1B Info
  • Employer Directory
  • Updates and Demos
use multiple strategies
Use multiple strategies!
  • Use the tools provided by SCDC
  • Apply for posted positions advertised on the website.
  • Use your network to identify contacts and potential leads in the company.
  • Use Professional Associations to find jobs and network
  • Cold calling- by phone and email.

Tip: Use the Calling a Company Phone Script!

what happens next
What Happens Next?

I got an interview!

I got an offer!

  • Research the company!
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • Business etiquette
  • Research salaries for salary negotiation
some tips
Some Tips!
  • Be creative, open-minded, and flexible
  • Use multiple job search strategies!
    • Networking,
    • Applying for posted positions,
    • Cold-calling
    • SCDCOnline/Dragon Jobs
    • Professional Associations
  • Treat this like an extended research project
job search activity
Job Search Activity
  • Using 3 different resources discussed here, find 3 target companies and at least one contact person for each company.
  • To view & download this presentation, visit the Guide for International Students and click on the International Student Job Search Resources workshop
  • Suggested resources:
    • D&B Million Dollar Database
    • Hoovers
    • LinkedIn
    • Professional Associations
more tips from fellow students
More tips…from fellow students!
  • “Don't be afraid to cold-call companies - work hard, use all the resources at your disposal, and most of all, network!”
  • “Networking is the best way to find out job opportunities. Ask friends and family about different opportunities. The more you explore, the more options you have. Thank you letters really help!”
  • “Consistency between your resume and story. Practice interviewing.”
  • “It is doable. Work must go in but it is well worth it.Start early and funnel options down to focus yourself on the few possibilities that you wish, and that can materialize.”


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