Job Search Strategies

Job Search Strategies

"Don't put all of your eggs in one basket."  A common mistake made by recent college graduates is applying for a "dream" job and not actively seeking other employment opportunities. The job search process could take a couple of weeks to several months. You do not know what the outcome of the job search will be, so be prepared by seeking out other opportunities that interest you.

Learning about job openings.  Many resources are available for those who are actively seeking employment. Not only will these opportunities help you find a job, but it will also allow you to put your name in front of many different employers.

  • Post your resume on-line
  • Search on-line job sites
  • Search newspaper employment ads
  • Search trade journals in your field of interest
  • Attend Networking events
  • Attend job fairs 
  • Talk with professors, family and friends
  • Register with state/federal employment agencies

Be persistent.  Always follow-up on any job leads you are given.  Do not become discouraged if you hear, "We're not interested."  Keep moving forward with confidence and looking towards the next job opportunity.

Follow-up on your application letter. Don't become a pest to the employer, but show you are sincerely interested in the job. Within a week of submitting your resume, follow-up with a phone call. Check with them to make sure they received your resume. Also inquire if they need any additional information, what the process will be from that point forward and when you should expect a response from them. Remember, the employer is very busy, so be polite and respectful of their time.

Build your assets early in your college career. Become a competitive candidate.

  • Gain related work experience
  • Network with professionals in your field
  • Complete an internship
  • Become involved in campus and/or community activities
  • Be academically strong
  • Assume leadership roles
  • Become active in community service
  • Try a variety of experiences to help narrow your career choices
  • Join professional organizations in your field as a student mentor 

Common Job Search Mistakes

  • Waiting for a job "to land in your lap"
  • Acting desperate
  • Failing to project self-confidence
  • Not being prepared for the interview process
  • Taking rejection personally
  • Having a bad attitude
  • Thinking someone else will find you a job
  • Inability to articulate why you are the best candidate for the position
  • Failing to submit a top quality cover letter and resume. Any errors on either of these documents can eliminate you from consideration for a position.
  • Having an "I don't really care" attitude
  • Not committing enough time to your job search. Job hunting is a forty hour week job
  • Failing to follow-up with an employer following the interview
  • Thinking you are above an entry level position
  • Having no clear direction of your career goals
  • Not having gained any relevant work experience