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Pull together your marketing materials – this includes an industry-specific resume, interview attire, your online presence, professional image and your pitch. If you have questions about these things – see a career team member ASAP!

"If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else." ~ Yogi Berra

Develop your job target What kind of job would I like? What are those job titles? What skills do I most want to utilize in the position? What kind of work setting would I prefer? How far can I commute? Where do I want to live? How much money can I expect to make, and exactly what salary do I need?

What other benefits are important to me (flexible hours, daycare, and retirement)?

Research To find out what the job market is like, look at the following:  Occupational Outlook Handbook lists fastest growing jobs, typical salaries, and more - www.bls.gov/ooh .  Specific company web pages and professional publications (specific to your field).  The Career Services Library Guide full of databases for industries, companies and locations.  LinkedIn can assist you with company research, contacts and job postings.  Check with your academic departments for additional research tools they may have.  Your own network can be a wealth of information. Network 85% of jobs come through some form of networking . If you’re not tapping into the people around you, you’re making the job search longer than it needs to be! Tell everyone you know about your career dreams – family, friends, professional associations, alumni, classmates, professors, religious members, fellow volunteers, teammates, to name a few. Maximize Social Media Social Media can be a great way to build your career identity and tap into the hidden job market. LinkedIn the leading professional social media to connect with your in-person network professionally and add to it; you also manage what potential employers learn about you from the Internet. Talk with a career team member on appropriate etiquette for communication using social media.

Tips for using social media in the job search:

 Remember that employers do research on their candidates, so keep everything you put online professional.  Use the same avatar (headshot) across media for consistency of your career identity.  Use status updates to inform others about your job search and show knowledge of your field.  Add your LinkedIn, blog or Twitter to an email signature and your resume heading to help employers find you online.  Join groups relevant to your career interests - comment and post to the groups regularly.

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