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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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