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The Career Center

Four Steps to Launching an Effective Job Search

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 thecareercenter@loyola.edu).
  • Exploring websites that highlight industries such as The Occupational Outlook Handbook, or The O*Net.
  • 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:

  • Develop a powerful resume (PDF)
  • Tailor impactful cover letters
  • Polish your interviewing skills
  • Develop a strong online presence
  • Learn how to negotiate salaries

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
  • Company websites
  • Newspapers (print and online)
  • Headhunters/Permanent placement agencies
  • Professional associations
  • Volunteerism
  • Online career/job posting sites (sample):
Best Sites Most Popular Sites Social Networking Sites
www.bizjournals.com www.monster.com www.linkedin.com
www.wetfeet.com www.dice.com www.facebook.com
www.indeed.com www.careerbuilder.com www.twitter.com
www.rileyguide.com Government  Jobs in Maryland
www.quintcareers.com www.usajobs.gov www.baltimore.jobing.com
www.linkup.com www.usajobs.gov/studentjobs www.metrobaltimorejobs.com
www.jobdig.com www.makingthedifference.org www.bizjournals.com
  www.federaljobs.net www.baltimoresun.com
  Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation www.maryland.gov

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!

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