The Office of Career Services: Ten Tips for a Successful Job Search
- Have a job-search plan and keep accurate, timely records of your contacts and resources.
- Your resume is your marketing tool. Revise your resume and make sure that you target your resume to the position you are applying for. Avoid using a resume that is too general.
- Don't send your resume off without a customized cover letter. Your cover letter should be well written and briefly and effectively highlight the strengths that are critical for the position you are applying for.
- Don't limit yourself to one single job-search approach. Use different methods such as: direct employer contact, resources such as directories, newspapers, on-line postings, etc. Also remember, networking is often the most effective job-search technique. Use your support systems, such as: family contacts, friends, past and present internships and employment contacts, etc.
- Thoroughly research the organization and if possible, the person who is interviewing you, before you go for the interview.
- In the interview, always stress your skills, accomplishments and strengths as they relate to the job you are interviewing for.
- Be flexible. Don't limit yourself to one or two companies. Think about applying your skills and experiences to a variety of industries. Consider relocating and have reasonable expectations of both position and salary. If there is the potential for a full-time future opportunity with an organization, consider a temporary, part-time or internship position as a way to introduce yourself to the organization.
- Learn how to deal with rejection in your search. If you get rejected for a job, use the experience to prepare yourself better next time. Avoid feeling sorry for yourself or blaming others. Think about how you can improve your presentation skills for your next job opportunity.
- If you attend college or are a college graduate, contact your college's career services office. Students consistently rate college career services staff as most helpful in conducting a job search over all other sources.