Looking for a job? Here is some advice:
While looking for a job may be stressful, there is no doubt that the journey in acquiring one is always unique – simply embrace it and prepare. The key is to develop great strategies that will help you attain that job. Here are a few tips:
- Set aside some alone time and assess yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Focus on a field that you potentially could go into that will use your skills/strengths and are a match for your interests.
- Research! Informational interviews can be a great starting point by simply interviewing people that are working in the field you desire to enter. They can offer you insights and advice. Use this opportunity to get your resumes tailored (who better to ask than the people who are working the job you are interested in?).
- More editing: your resume is a great tool to utilize while job hunting. Once you think you have a top notch resume, tailor it to each job and each employer. Incorporate specific keywords and phrases associated with the field you would like to go into.
- Organize yourself – creating a spreadsheet of the list of jobs you are interested in can help. The point is to develop a system of organization that will aid you in your job search.
- Build up your network of contacts – you get jobs by talking to people!
- Develop anecdotes that will display the skills you have gained through other experiences. People remember stories! Use them while networking as well as in interviewing situations.
- Prepare for job interviews – practice voicing out common answers to common questions employers like asking.
- Follow up with hiring managers.
Expect the job search to be tough. In reality it is difficult to find a job. It might take months to obtain the right opportunity and get the position you desire. Start early and come to the Center for Career Planning (CCP) for help! We provide individual appointments to help you explore your options, get connected with professionals, find opportunities and prepare your application materials and for interviews.