Finding a Job
You can't do it alone! The job search is hard work and takes real dedication. We're here to help you.
The success of the job search will typically reflect the time you commit and the amount of different strategies you take. This can be a very exciting time in your life, but also nerve-wracking and sometimes frustrating. But if you are serious about finding a job, it is important to put in the time and effort it takes to successfully navigate the job search process.
Step 1: Reflect On Your Career Goals
Before you start the job search, it is crucial to reflect about what you really want in a career. Take into consideration what types of skills you want to use in a new position, what experiences you have had at work that have been positive or beneficial. If you are unsure, take the FOCUS assessment or schedule an appointment with your career counselor to discuss options.
Step 2: Research Potential Options
In any given field, there are multiple career options. Conducting research on potential fields of interest can provide a better understanding of the range of available positions. Some great ways to research more information and network are:
- Research online (see resources page for helpful websites)
- Career fairs or other career-related programs offered by Career Services
- Informational interviews
- Job shadowing
Step 3: Start Applying
Once you have decided on a field of choice and have found open positions, start applying. Prepare documents (resumes, cover letters, reference pages) and edit them to fit the jobs that you are applying for. You should have more than one resume, and tailor each resume to different types of positions.
Depending on your field of choice, the job search process differs. Recruiting seasons, interview questions, and resume construction can vary. If you are unsure how to proceed, make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss strategies and review materials for your application.
Make sure that you are using multiple job search strategies, as this will open up the number of job opportunities you can find. Some commonly used job search strategies include: networking, online resources/websites, on-campus recruiting (for current students only), Pride CAREERS, career fairs, LinkedIn, and newspapers/journals.
Step 4: Dealing With Rejection
Rejection is a normal part of the application process. Typically, there are more applicants than positions available, and that unfortunately results in qualified applicants often being rejected. If you are noticing rejection from many jobs, it would be helpful for you to make an appointment with a career counselor to review your application materials or interview skills to make sure you are marketing yourself in the best way.