A successful job search begins by developing clear career goals that reflect an understanding of what you are looking for in a position and what you have to offer employers.
While there is no "right" way to find a full-time job, the best way is to have a multi-faceted approach which includes web based searches, networking, direct application, participating in career events, and utilizing social media.
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Sites such as Monster and CareerBuilder reach a wide audience, but they can receive thousands of applications for positions. You can set up an automatic alert with these general job search sites to speed up the process and help you sort through postings.
These are groups of like-minded professionals hiring in a particular field or industry. You can use professional associations for industry information, networking and job postings. Many professional organizations have low student fees. Locate professional organizations by speaking with professors or other professionals in your field as well as searching for them. Start exploring with these links!
Target specific employer's using their website to research available opportunities. Also, access Chamber of Commerce websites to explore local business opportunities and be sure to follow companies on LinkedIn.
You can browse through available on-campus employment opportunities by clicking HERE. If you are enrolled as a student and are interested in work-study positions they can be found HERE. On-campus employers are conveniently located and offer a flexible work schedule to accommodate for classes and other activities. Some on-campus work requires students to be Federal Work Study recipients, so make sure you have completed your FAFSA to be eligible for Work Study.
Tips From Employers That Are Hiring
The best job-search advice comes from the employers that are hiring. If you take the time to follow this advice, you'll be better prepared than your competition for your application and interview.
Here are some things you can do to aid in your job-search success:
Research The Company
Perfect Your Qualifications
A high GPA is important. It means you know the subject matter. However, employers are looking for people with "soft skills," too—skills you can learn through extracurricular activities such as leading a team or organizing a volunteer project. Employers want to find communication skills, a strong work ethic, teamwork skills, initiative, the ability to relate to co-workers and customers, problem solving skills, and analytical skills.
Year after year, the majority of employers taking part in a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) say they prefer to hire job candidates who have pertinent experience. For college students, typically, relevant experience is gained through an internship.
In fact, an internship can be the "foot in the door" to a job with many employers: NACE surveys show that newly hired employees often come from the organization's own internship program.
Build A Network
Whether you've heard it before, or you already know--getting a job is all about who you know!
- Business and professional social networking sites
- Professional associations (online and in person)
- Career fairs
- Company information sessions
- Your school's alumni network
- An internship or co-op program
- A student professional organization
- Faculty contacts
- Employee referrals
- Parents of friends who work in your field
Make Career Services Your BFF
What is it worth to have someone who is in daily contact with potential employers show you how to write a winning cover letter, critique your resume, practice interviewing with you, connect you with people who are working in your field, and give you access to thousands of job opportunities?
Make an appointment with Career Services today! Employers use this resource to find new hires, so shouldn't you?
Say Thank You
Stand out among candidates. Send a thank-you note to each recruiter you meet at a career fair, to the employer who practices a mock interview with you, to a hiring manager who spends a few minutes interviewing you for a job, to anyone who serves as a job reference.
- Keep your message short and confirm your interest. "Thank you for the opportunity to discuss [name of the position] at XYZ Company."
- Spell the recruiter's name and title correctly.
- Send your thank you note immediately.
Choosing Among Job Offers
First Things First
First, make sure you know enough about the organization, the job, and the details of each offer to weigh one offer against another. If you lack information, seek it out by asking the employer, researching the organization, and talking to others who work at or are familiar with the organization or job. Ask your career services staff if they have had feedback from past students who have taken jobs with the organizations you are considering, and check to see if your career services office has an alumni adviser to help you make contact with alumni working for these organizations.
There is no perfect formula for making your decision, but one of the best ways to begin is by making a list of all of the features that are important to you in your first job. These may include such items as the type of work you’ll be doing, the organization’s reputation/prestige, training program, salary, specific benefits, location of job, opportunity for advancement, work environment, opportunity for free time (evenings and weekends), opportunity for travel, colleagues with whom you’ll be working, and so forth. Add every possible item you can think of to your list.
What Matters Most?
After you have all the features on your list, rank them in order of their priority to you. For example, the type of work may be most important to you, followed by salary, and then specific benefits.
Next, look at each job offer you are considering, and rate the features of each using a scale of one to five (with five being excellent and one being poor). For example, if ABC Company’s offer provides a great starting salary, you’ll most likely give that feature a “5” under ABC. If XYZ Company’s offer provides a lesser starting salary, XYZ might earn a “3” rating for salary. (See the sample below.)
After you have finished rating all the features for all your offers, add up the scores for each offer. Although this is not an exact science, it is a way to demonstrate which offer provides you with the most of whatever features are important to you.
Weigh Your Options Carefully
In the final analysis, remember to weigh carefully what is most important to you. Don’t be unduly swayed by the job title or the prestige of the organization and how it will impress your relatives. While it is helpful to get advice from family and friends, you are the one who will be going to work every day. You need to be sure that your job will be a good experience for you and will allow you to achieve your initial goals. Remember, though, that no job is perfect or able to meet all your needs. Consider the factors that you are willing to compromise on or have met in other ways. For example, if you enjoy travel and your job provides little opportunity for it, you can use long weekends and vacations for this interest.
Nothing Is Forever
Keep in mind that while you want to make the best possible decision at this moment in time, your decision is not irrevocable. The odds are great that you will not remain with your first employer for your entire career. As you progress in your career, you will continue to learn which features are of highest priority for you (your priorities will also probably change with time) and how to find the best opportunity to have these priorities met. Good luck!
by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones. Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.