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Job Search Strategies

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Additional Job Search Resources

Contact Employers Directly
If you know what field and type of organization you are interested in, a direct approach may be effective. Use rejections as opportunities to get more information. Ask questions such as, "How can I find out about future job openings with your organization?" or, "Where do you post your job listings?"

  • Develop a list of 10-20 organizations you want to target. You can use employer directories, organizational literature, and websites to narrow your choices.
  • Identify individuals who have hiring authority. Read magazine and newspaper articles, network with alumni, friends, and co-workers, and search organization websites for names and email addresses. You can send a resume first, and follow up with a call. This familiarizes the employer with your background and gives them an idea of what you have to offer.

Listservs/ Email Lists
Professionals often send emails to listservs when jobs become available in their organization. Sign-up to receive email from professional organizations and associations. Check with your academic department to see if they maintain a listserv (departmental email list)...if so, sign-up.

Newspapers and Professional Journals
Print listings in newspapers, professional association newsletters, and professional journals often vary from those on websites, so take a look at both online and print versions for job listings.

Agencies and Headhunters
Job seekers sometimes choose professionals to help them find open positions. Temp agencies, headhunters, and professional recruiters can be effective in helping you secure employment. Temp agencies can serve as an excellent way to get your foot in the door.

A few words to the wise...

  • Be cautious about paying for these services - the employers who are recruiting employees usually pay the recruiting fees.
  • Recruiters may be interested in "placing" you in any job, rather than finding you a job that aligns with your goals, skills, etc.
  • Be sure recruiters know what types of positions interest you.
  • If you decide to use a headhunter or temp agency, continue using other job search methods as well.

Volunteer Work
Volunteering is a great way to gain varied skills and experience that will be applicable to future full-time career opportunities. Explore volunteer opportunities through campus organizations as well as the local community.

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