Conducting a job search requires a large investment in time and energy. Below is a step-by-step process to help ease your stress. The most effective way to conduct a job search is to combine a variety of strategies and to meet one-on-one with a Career Services professional. To set-up an appointment, contact Career Services at 315-229-5906.
STEP 1: THE RESUME
Most all job applications require the submission of your resume. It is critical to have your resume in order prior to starting your job search so that is readily available for upcoming deadlines or requested through networking contacts. This guidebook will help you create a clear and concise resume that will be effective in your job search. Be sure to have it critiqued by a Career Services professional. Also, check out the media room to watch our Resume Workshop.
STEP 2: NETWORKING
Networking truly is the #1 way to find opportunities! Don't overlook this strategy when conducting a job search. In this section you will learn more about the rules of networking and how to approach your current and potential networking contacts. You can also check out the Networking workshop in our media room.
STEP 3: JOB SEARCH RESOURCES
In addition to networking, you can also use a variety of job search tools to compliment your job search. Visit this page to learn about many on-campus, off-campus and web resources to help you explore the many opportunities that exist.
STEP 4: EMPLOYER RESEARCH
In order to find job opportunities match your interest and skills, compose well written cover letters and prepare appropriately for interviews, you will need to do your homework on the potential employer. It is essential to illustrate to a prospective employer that you have done your homework and that you are sincerely interested in their specific opportunity.
STEP 5: THE COVER LETTER
A well written cover letter will illustrate your writing skills, demonstrate your interest in the position, highlight your experiences that match the qualifications of the position and align your career interests with the prospective employer. All of this needs to be done in a one-page document that follows standard cover letter formatting rules. See the Cover Letter workshop in our media room.
STEP 6: THE INTERVIEW
You must treat each interview individually and prepare according to the specific job description. There are a variety of different interview formats. Please use this reference as a guide for preparation, but also consult with a Career Services professional to gain insight on a specific employer and/or industry.