Job Search Preparation
Job Search Checklist
Starting the job search can be overwhelming. Check out our job search checklist as the first step to finding a job and hopefully making the process more clear.
How to Find the Right Job
Finding the job you want takes many steps and involves just as many decisions. This information is designed to help you along the way and guide you to the appropriate sources. Be sure to discuss your progress with your career advisor.
The resume is the first introduction to the employer and therefore is your first impression! Find out tips on how to make a stellar resume including what to include and not include, different types of formatting, making descriptive bullets, how to condense your resume if you have a lot of experience, how to write a resume if you have little experience, and information about references.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) are often used when applying for scientific and academic positions. CVs tend to provide great detail about academic and research experiences with the intent to market one's skills, experiences, education and personal qualities. Find out more about how to write a CV effectively.
Typically when applying for a job you need to include references. Find out how many, who to ask, and how to format this section.
A cover letter is a formal way to announce that you are applying to a position. It should be targeted to employers and specific jobs. Find out more about how to write an effective cover letter so that you are chosen to move on to the interview!
Interviewing can make people nervous and in order to interview well, there are some ways to prepare and practice beforehand.
Thank You Letter
Interviews should be followed with a thank you letter within 48 hours. Find out the purpose of the thank you letter and what to include.
The majority of jobs are not posted but instead found through networking. But how do you network? Learn the different ways to connect with people and network yourself into your next job!
Negotiations & Salaries
Negotiating salary and benefits is something many people are not aware is oftentimes part of the job search process. Gain tips about how to do it succesfully!
Resources to Help Your Job Search:
- Drop-In Resume/Cover Letter Feedback - Monday-Thursday, 1pm-4pm
- Career Guide - use our handy Career Guide for job search and career information. It will show you how to write resumes and cover letter and provides several samples:
- Beaver JobNet has more than job and internship listings; it has extensive tutorials and information on job searching, including resume writing and networking.
Useful links for guidance on the overall job search:
- Jobipedia.org - exposes students to Americas’ top corporate recruiting professionals, who provide personal advice and timely recommendations on the challenges and realities students will face upon entering the workplace.
- JobWeb - offers career and job-search advice for new college graduates.
- Riley Guide - a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the Internet. It is primarily intended to provide instruction for job seekers on how to use the Internet to their best advantage.
- Job Search 101 - smart tips and real-world training workbook.
- Wet Feet - mission is to equip job seekers like you with the advice, research, and inspiration you need to plan and achieve a successful career.
- Job Choices - Resume help, interview tips, and more!
- 100 of the World's Most Reputable Companies - use this list to get you started on your research into companies to possibly work/intern for in the future. This of course is only a start, there are plenty of other companies to research as well!
Websites/Resources about current industry and company information:
- Oregon Labor Market Information System
- Oregon Jobs
- 100 Best Companies in Oregon
- Glassdoor.com - a look inside over 23,000 companies
- Glassdoor.com - 50 Best Places to Work
- Future Jobs and Careers Forecast
- Future of Work video - great information!
- Career Bliss - The 50 Happiest Companies in America for 2013
Articles about the Job Search
- Sizing Up Employers: Job Security - No matter where you are in your career, determining whether a potential job will offer security can be tricky. Use these tips to evaluate a position's lifespan.
- How to Avoid the Resume Black Hole - This is fantastic advice about applying for jobs...it takes more than just submitting your resume and hoping for an interview these days!!! Find out what else you need to do to get to the next step.
- Back to Basics: 7 Essentials for a Successful Job Search
- What's 10 Weeks, 13 Interviews, 0 Applications, and 1 New Job? Priceless - great article about how one guy found a job through networking. It goes through his process step-by-step.
- How To Protect Your Private Life on Facebook During Your Job Search
- How to Convince a Hiring Authority to Choose You
- 8 Unwritten Rules about Job Searching
- Top 25 Companies For Career Opportunities
- 3 Easy Ways to Prepare for Your Post-Graduate Career
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