The Career Development Office is here to assist you throughout your job search process.
Searching for a job is a challenging process, and it can sometimes be a lengthy one. It involves drawing on skills you’ve developed in the classroom: research, planning, writing, interviewing, problem-solving and self-advocacy. To be successful in your job search requires an investment of time and energy.
10 Job Searching Strategies To Consider
- Identify your skills and interests
- Research Job Advertisements
- Post Your Resume Online
- Participate in On-Campus Recruiting
- Participate in Job Fairs
- Participate in the Career Center's Resume Referral Program
- Register with Third-Party Employment Firms
- Utilize your Network
- Prepare for interviews
- Follow Up
- Researching Companies
Researching a company is useful to help you gain an idea of the career potential that exists within an organization, to help locate employers that you were unaware of in your targeted field, and prepare you for an interview with an employer.
Researching the Company
The following is information that you should obtain on the company that you are researching:
- Name, age, and location(s)
- Product lines and/or services
- Parent company and/or subsidiaries
- Financial picture of the organization, assets, stock picture, recent mergers, etc
- Major competitors
- Growth history
- Career possibilities
- Deadline for application
- Where Can You Find Information About an Employer?
This is an excellent resource for you to reach organizations that are actively recruiting college graduates. Take time to review carefully the advertisements that these recruiters have placed. These advertisements will typically include open positions and contact information. You can then contact the organization if you desire additional information.
The business section of most newspapers contains numerous articles about local companies and their executives. The public library is a good place to find current newspapers and indexes of newspapers.
There are a various places on the internet that contain employer information. Try some of the following sites to research different companies. Some of these sites even give you the option of posting your resume online.
These resources may provide information about an organization's products, services, number of employees, principal executives, history, etc. You should be able to locate the directories listed below in the reference section of a public library.
These organizations produce membership directories, journals and information briefs. Find associations that match your career interest, and then write to ask for their membership list, any printed materials they offer, if they publish job listings or have a resume referral service and if they have student memberships. Remember, almost every type of field or industry that exists has a trade association affiliation.
Job Listings Websites