Job Search Process
Career Services reveals the unknowns of the job search process and prepares you with a step-by-step process to help you organize, manage and succeed in your search for the ideal job.
The typical job search takes 6-9 months, and an investment in preparation, instead of jumping in, creates a process that results in greater success.
Begin by asking, “What am I actually looking for in a job or career?”
Job Search Steps
- Take the Focus 2 Career Assessment to explore your interests, personality, values and skills sets to guide your career choice and job search.
- List all your transferrable skills gained from previous work and projects.
- Determine where you want to work and your geographic targets.
- Create your list of desired work tasks. Maybe, for example, you like to organize schedules, develop and manage projects, or communicate with a variety of vendors.
SMART goals are ideal:
Create a job search schedule. Following is an example:
- Monday: search
- Tuesday: research
- Wednesday: apply
- Thursday: networking
- Friday: follow-up
- … repeat
- Search weekly for positions, and apply based on the application instructions: ClawLink, powered by Handshake
- Attend campus career fairs – available in both spring and fall semesters – to talk with employers about part-time and full-time opportunities and get information from visiting universities about graduate school.
Practice for upcoming interviews whether for a job or graduate school with the online tool Big Interview. Create a free account, learn how to build your interview stories, answer questions and record yourself during an online interview.
You should have three to five professional references from the following:
- Former and/or current supervisors
- Colleagues and/or direct reports
- Former customers/clients
- Former professors
- Contacts from volunteer work or student organizations
Before listing someone as a reference, ask that person’s permission.
- Present yourself professionally by creating a professional voicemail greeting and using a professional email address (student or personal).
- Send thank you letters or emails within 24 hours.
Develop a spreadsheet or tracking tool to document and manage your progress.
Collect the following information:
- Company name
- Web address
- Contact name
- Contact phone
- Contact email
- Date applied
- Application deadline
- Application summary
- Interview date
- ClawLink powered by Handshake: GGC's job database
- D&B Hoovers: online business research information
- Glassdoor: search and research jobs and employers
- Job Accommodation Network: assists people with disabilities to enhance their employability
- LinkedIn: online professional networking
- My Visa Jobs: top 100 H1B visa sponsors for international workers seeking opportunities in United States