Job Search Guide
The key to creating a successful job search strategy is knowing what career field you are interested in pursuing. You must clearly define:
Once you have clearly defined the types of jobs you want, you can start creating your job search strategy. Your strategy must include:Locating Job Openings
The way you locate job openings can vary based on your career choice. If you are not sure how a job search is done for your specific field, consider conducting informational interviews, speaking with a career advisor or your professors, or looking for strategies online. Some common ways to find job openings:
Find online job posting boards or websites. To locate both general or career niche specific sites use:
Use KSC's Job Wise - Local, regional, and national companies and organizations post job openings to recruit KSC students and alumni for various openings. These range from part-time positions for pay while you are in school; summer jobs for either experience or pay; internships related to your field of study (paid and unpaid) as well as career opportunities when you are ready to graduate.Locate and develop a list of companies for which you would be interested in working. Locate the companies through online searches, local Chamber of Commerces and the yellow pages.
Attend Career Fairs. Visit ACA's Event page to learn about Career Connection Events (on-campus job fairs) and off-campus job fairs. Look for additional job fairs online or through local papers.
Look at the classified ads (either online or hard-copy) in local newspapers. Not sure what newspapers are available? Use newspapers.com to locate local and regional newspapers.
Before applying for a job, you should know something about the organization and its needs. Researching companies will assist you in writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews and discovering what companies are looking for in employees.What do you want to learn through your research?
With all the information you gather and the different jobs for which you apply, it will be difficult to keep track of what you have done. You want to create a system that records the contacts you have had with an organization. Your records should include: contacts, dates of contacts, materials sent (resumes, cover-letters, thank-you notes), titles of jobs to which you applied, interview dates, follow-up materials sent and referrals made.
Looking for a job is hard work and takes time. Don't get discourage if you do not have a job within the first couple of weeks of your job search. Approach the search as a job, be persistent, and stay positive and confident.
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