Plan Your Strategies

It would be nice if there were a simple formula that would guarantee a job. The truth is, there isn't a best way to launch a job search. Successful job seekers frequently use several approaches concurrently. Whatever the approach you adopt, be certain it fits your personal style. Those that believe that the best way to approach their search is to remain totally flexible ("I'm open to anything!") will soon find themselves wasting a great deal of energy and time trying to cover too much territory. Job seekers who are sure of their goals and conduct a targeted job search will find the most success.

Some considerations to take into account:

  • Where are you looking for a job?
  • What type of job will provide you with the salary range you need/seek?
  • What methods will you use to contact employers?
  • How much time do you have to devote to your job search? While you are still in classes, you might consider your search like a part-time job, then, after graduation, it becomes your full-time job.
  • When will you begin? Career Services recommends starting as early as possible!

Resources to help put your strategies in place:

On campus:

  • Faculty. Some organizations contact faculty when a hiring need arises. This places them in contact with key people. You may find faculty to be a helpful resource.
  • The Office of Alumni Relations. Research a list of potential alumni and/or parents who you may be able to network with through the help of this office, located in Bresee Hall.

Off campus:

  • Help wanted ads. Not only do ads provide information on where jobs are, they also provide information on job requirements, types of entry-level positions, and salaries. Sunday papers are best. Be mindful that want ads are read by many, so competition is keen. Lastly, avoid blind ads, they usually lead to dead ends.
  • Private Employment Agencies. Many focus on specific industries and deal mostly with entry-level or mid-management positions. When using an agency, be mindful that they are paid only when you accept a position; their interest is in placing you and not in counseling you. Points to keep in mind:
    • Go to reputable agencies that specialize in your career field and are located in the area that you want to work.
    • Make sure the employer is paying the bill, not you!
    • Before signing an agreement be sure you understand it completely. Ask to have a copy of the contract and take it to a legal counselor for advice if necessary.

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