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Strategies for a Successful Job Search

There are five steps to consider in a job search.  Don’t frustrate yourself by applying for jobs before you have laid the groundwork to be successful. 

Identify your job targets: You can’t reach your destination if you don’t know where you are headed.  Use the Tips for a Successful Job Search Campaign to help you fine-tune your job search process.

Network: the process of making personal connections and gaining useful information for career decision-making, professional advancement and success.

Research: finding information on careers and employers so you can know what opportunities exist and the kind of employer for whom you would like to work. 

Prepare: includes writing a resume and a cover letter, talking to your references and getting ready to interview.

Job search strategies: view time: 1:41Implement the plan: Implementing a job search is more than just one activity – it is a series of different activities going on at the same time.  For example, on a weekly basis:

The more you can make contact with potential employers, the more likely you will find a job.  Get out there and talk to people, make contacts, make phone calls, submit applications.  You need to keep track of all your contacts, applications sent, calls made, and everything to do with your job search. Develop some system that works for you – either a spreadsheet, a folder, or a notebook.

Finding a job is hard work!  It can take 3 to 6 months to find your first job, depending on how much time you spend on the search. Two-thirds of job hunters spend only 5 hours/week on their job hunt.

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View the Job Choices publication by the National Association of Colleges & Employers.

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