Launching a job search is a job within itself. Time is needed to search and identify potential positions, network with employers and fill out applications. Follow the steps below to help guide you through your search:
Step 1: Exploration
In order to simplify the job search process it is important that you know what types of jobs you are interested in pursuing. Explore your options by:
Taking an interest inventory such as the Strong Interest Inventory or CareerLeader. Contact The Career Center for more information (410-617-2232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Conducting informational interviews of professionals already working in the industries you would like to pursue. View
sample questions to ask during an informational interview.
Step 2: Prepare Your Professional Image
One aspect of the job search is launching your own personal marketing campaign. In essence, you have to sell yourself to every potential employer. Key aspects of your marketing campaign are:
Step 3: Locate Position Announcements
The savvy job seeker will use a plethora of vehicles to locate job announcements and learn of companies who are hiring. The most common methods for finding job postings are:
On-Campus Recruitment (see a listing of who's coming on campus through HireLOYOLA
Direct mail/email campaigns and cold calling
Temporary placement agencies
Newspapers (print and online)
Headhunters/Permanent placement agencies
Online career/job posting sites (sample):
Step 4: Manage Your Job Search
Job searching is very time consuming. In addition, in today's technologically advanced world, much of our initial contact will occur over email or through some sort of application processing system. Therefore, it is essential that you spend an adequate amount of time on your job search each week and keep accurate records.
- Track: Contact names, dates, application copies, and letters
- Download a Job Search Progress Tracking form (PDF)
- Schedule your job search time, especially on the Internet, in blocks. It may take 3-6 months or more to land an opportunity. You must use your time wisely between searching for leads, networking, filling out applications, and mailing resumes.
- Don't forget to take time and send thank you notes after interviews and to contacts who forward you job leads.
- Spend your time trying more than one method of job searching. Don't get stuck behind a computer!