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Guide to Preparing for the Job Search

There are a number of items to prepare and steps to take prior to submitting applications and conducting the job search. Once your research is complete, you are now ready to create your job search action plan and begin fully utilizing your networking contacts.

Marketing Materials. Create your professional resume, prepare a portfolio of your best relevant work and establish your ‘elevator pitch’. Meet with a Career Development Specialist to refine these tools prior to your active job search.

Build Your Resume and Cover Letter. Explore activities such as volunteering or looking into professional associations. Tailor your cover letter so you set yourself up as the solution to a prospective employer's problem as defined in the job description. Only mention what's relevant to the specific job you're applying for.

Interviewing. Use Virtual Mock Interviewing Program to practice interviewing. Schedule an appointment for a mock interview with a Career Development Specialist. Present a professional appearance at interviews. Research the company before the meeting. Listen closely to what they ask so you'll know what they expect of an employee. A thank you note or email should be sent immediately to all key members of the interview committee.

Build Your Job Search Skills. University Career Services hosts a number of workshops and networking events throughout the year. Check out the events calendar and plan to attend sessions of interest!

Refine Your Online Brand. Update profiles and resumes on LinkedIn, CareerKnight and CareerShift and other sites where you are marketing yourself for employment opportunities.

Create a Plan. Create a routine in which you utilize avenues such as networking contacts and online resources to heighten your search. Hold yourself accountable by setting goals to accomplish within designated timelines.