Here are a few tips to consider when preparing for your job search. With good preparation and forethought, your search can be an exciting and rewarding experience.
- DEVELOP A FOCUS FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
Know yourself—your unique skills, interests and values. Then, take the time to explore and research the types of jobs and industries that interest you and match your interests and abilities. Having a focus will help you conduct a more effective and efficient job search.
- PREPARE YOUR RESUME/CV AND COVER LETTER
If you cannot demonstrate your skills and abilities to the employer, your qualifications will not matter. Your resume/CV and cover letter must be well written and organized.
- HONE YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS
Take full advantage of your interview by preparing in advance. Know how to respond to different questions and how to highlight your strengths and abilities.
- DEVELOP YOUR STRATEGY
When developing your job search strategy, do your homework on the best way to contact your target employers. Take advantage of all resources available to gather information: career fairs, Internet job boards, corporate web sites, and business journals, CDC databases, books, and job postings.
Different employers require different approaches. Some employers will spend the time and resources to recruit at colleges – many won’t. Some fields are noted for their reliance on networking while others may use particular publications to advertise their jobs. Using multiple strategies can often be the most effective way to land a job.