Job Search For Students

Job Search Strategies For Students

1.     Career Research/Developing a Plan

Focus on area of interest. Knowing how to focus your job search will help you set a gameplan and shape your approach to your upcoming job search. Questions you may ask yourself to get started:

  • Is this related to my major/degree?
  • What kind of employment—summer job, internship, fulltime employment? I.e., what do I want to get out of this job?
  • What industry(ies) will I target?
  • Do I have a preference in company size, location, etc?

2.     Do research on your occupation of choice and/or industry

  •, Vault, Wefeet, are a few websites that might provide some of the factual information and data that you desire
  • Begin to conduct informational interviews—facts are good to know, but people can put things into perspective and give you information that may not be available on the internet

3.     Develop a plan for a multi-pronged approach, and get started!

  • By developing a plan that takes advantage of every resource available, you are more likely to uncover that job that is as close to a perfect fit
  • Different resources include job websites, job aggregate websites, in-person networking, online networking, and direct employer contact

4.     Create/Update Your Resume and Cover Letter

  • Remember that resumes are something that you will continue to work on, so view it as an ongoing process, and evolution of this document
  • Knowing your focus of your job search (companies, industries, areas of interests, skills, etc) will help you write and/or update your resume
  • We recommend that you prepare a couple of different resumes that might fit the industry or job type that you are applying for
  • Always consider your audience when creating and sending your resume
  • You want to make sure your resume “speaks” to that specific employer by addressing their needs, concerns, etc
  • Do this by customizing your resume to each job you apply to—use the job description (if you have one) as your guide, it will tell you what they are looking for
  • Write a cover letter to each job that you apply to—this is one more opportunity for you to sell yourself to the employer
  • Again, “speak” to this employer—pick a few themes that you would like to talk about, that are relevant to the employer. Develop these themes!
  • Send resumes to job listings

5.     Informational Interviewing and Networking

  • Network in person (professional organizations, informational interviews, introduce yourself to new people, be active in searching for new contacts, etc)
  • Network online (LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo/Google Groups,, online professional organizations)

6.     Interview

  • The key to an effective interview is proper preparation before the interview
  • Begin by reviewing the job description for which you are applying for; know exactly what the company is looking for in its next hire
  • Research the company: find necessary background information of the company, read mission statement and values of company
  • Develop an outline of topics and themes you want to convey to the company during the interview—start by developing the themes that you wrote about in your cover letter
  • Naturally, you cannot anticipate every question they may ask you, but prepare the framework for the answers you know they will ask during the interview—these are the “gimmes”! Ex: “what are your strengths?”, “Are there areas in which you would like to improve?”
  • Practice answering questions in front of mirror or with a friend, family member, or counselor—be mindful of verbal and visual (body language) presentation.

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