Job Search

Identifying Opportunties

Finding a job is like having a full time job. A successful job search should include multiple methods for identifying opportunities. The vast majority of positions are never actually posted to the general public, instead they are filled based on personal recommendations. 

You can also search for positions using online job boards, job fairs, professional associations, and sites like LinkedIn.

Meeting the Employers Needs

Once you’ve found an appealing opportunity, you must think in terms of the employer and their needs. The employer does not know your skillset or experience unless, you explicitly tell them. Instead of sending the same resume to each employer, take the time to customize your resume for each opportunity based on the position description.

Keep Your Resume Active

It’s much easier to find a job, when you have one already. Statistically, the longer someone is unemployed, the harder it becomes to find meaningful employment. As a student, you are not expected to be constantly employed, as recent alum you are. 

You can keep your resume active by volunteering. Volunteer experience is valuable on a resume, especially when properly portrayed. Look for opportunities with non-profit organizations and try to keep the experience as closely related to your field as possible, but remember anything is better than nothing. Put forth your best effort when volunteering, and be open about your job search. Build relationships with everyone you meet throughout your experiences and keep them as part of your network.