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8 STEPS TO JOB-SEARCH SUCCESS
1. Get Started
In a perfect world, you would have been thinking about and planning for your job search and career since you started college. Ideally, you’ve been consciously acquiring the skills and experience you need to succeed. But that’s probably not the case. Regardless of where you are in your college career, the key is to start now. Not sure where to start? Your campus career center can help. Clueless about what you want to do or what you can do? Your career center may offer assessment services that can help you figure that out. Have a good idea of what you want to do but aren’t sure how to get there? Meet with a career counselor to work through the steps. Looking for potential employers? Most likely your career center can help you identify and connect with employers.
2. Use Your Campus Career Center...
If you’re currently in college, use the help that’s available to you. Why go it alone? This may be the only time in your career when you’ll have such ready access to expert advice and an array of job-search services and resources. Already graduated? Regardless of how long you’ve been out of school, it’s likely you can still use your alma mater’s career center: Most offer services for alumni.
networking opportunities, and more—but it’s up to you to take advantage. It’s also important to recognize that, with any job search, you should not rely on just one or two approaches to help you find a job. If your career center offers a resume referral service, use it; take advantage of opportunities to network with employers at career fairs and information sessions; check job listings regularly; use social media in your job search, and so forth.
4. Understand What You’ve Got
Many job seekers do not have a clear sense of what they can offer an employer. It can be especially hard for new college graduates to recognize that much of what they have done can translate to the workplace. Your degree and major are important, but they are far from all you have to offer. Take stock: What extracurricular activities have you been involved in? What volunteer experiences, part-time jobs, and/or internships have you undertaken? What special projects have you done for your classes? Build a list, and then look at each activity for what you did, what you accomplished, and how you accomplished it.
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3. ...And All Its Resources
Most career centers offer a variety of services and resources— career counseling, assessments, career fairs, on-campus interviewing, job postings, job-search workshops, resume critiques, practice interviewing,
Seek, Not Sit
It’s up to you to seek out employers—do not sit back and wait for them to come to you. Chances are, they won’t. One of the attributes employers prize in job candidates is initiative: Show that you have it by pursuing them.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013
Job Choices - February 2013
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Starting Your Job Search
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
8 Steps to Job-Search Success
What Employers Want
Social Media in Your Job Search
Stoke Interest With Pinterest
Building Relevant Work Experience
Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Principles for Letter Writing
Build the Resume Employers Want
The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Dress for Interview Success
Interview Types and Tips
Tips for Becoming a Video Interview Star
Uncle Sam Wants You: Federal Jobs and Internships For Students and Recent Graduates
Your First Year on the Job
Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?
Grad School: Application Timeline
Grad School: Getting In
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013