Tips For Job Seekers
Think of the people you know --
relatives, friends, professors, classmates, co-workers at summer jobs, and
others. Make more of an effort to meet with people, and use these
conversations to ask their advice, to make them aware of your job search, to
learn more about their jobs or their organizations, and to get the names of
others who might be useful in your job search.
Target your Résumé.
Make sure your résumé is targeted to
the employers who receive it. Make sure your résumé is easy to read and the
most important details stand out. Make more than one résumé if you are
applying to more than one industry.
You should have a copy of your
résumé at all times. It is also a good idea to have fresh copies of your
résumé prepared in case you are called to an interview at the last minute.
Create a contact database.
Write down all the employers you
contact, the date you sent your résumé, any contact made, people you talk
to, and notes about those contacts. Keep a notepad with you at all times --
take notes as soon as you hear about an opportunity or when you leave an
interview. Get into the habit of updating your database daily.
Make a "to do" list every day.
This will help you organize your
list of priorities and keep you focused on finding that perfect job.
Try the buddy system.
Link up with a friend who is also
job hunting. Arrange to speak weekly and report on accomplishments, best
practices, and future plans.
Learn how to talk about yourself.
Throughout your job search you will
speak with many people at different levels. You must be comfortable having
conversations about yourself with other people. Keep in mind that you never
know who may end up being useful to your job hunt.
Prepare an elevator speech.
You never know who you'll meet in an
elevator, in line at the coffee shop, or on the street. Know what your
skills are and how to communicate them. You should be able to tell
prospective employers and others you meet what you can offer. You should
also be able to talk about how your skills relate to the industries that
Find out all there is about
employers in your field.
Remain current on any issues or
developments in the field, read trade journals or professional publications,
and read the newspaper. It is extremely impressive during an interview if
you know about the latest merger or coup in the industry.
Practice for each interview.
Practice is key to interviewing
well. Friends, relatives, and career services counselors can help you
formulate strong answers to questions you might not anticipate. Look at the
possible questions on the
interviewing section and prepare yourself.
Follow-up with leads immediately.
If you find out about a position
late in the day, call right then. Don't wait until the next day.
Job hunting takes time and energy.
Remain confident, but prepare yourself for challenges ahead. Don't get
disgruntled if you are still looking for a job and it seems like everyone
you know has an offer. Most students find their jobs after graduation.
Tips For Job Seekers
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