Whether you are searching for a career-oriented position or a job to assist you in financing your education, there are several basic components of a job search. Generally you will need to prepare a resume, write a cover letter, and attend an interview(s) in order to secure a position.
The resume is the most common way to let perspective employers know how your background and qualifications might meet their needs. It is your opportunity to provide relevant information on your past experiences, your education, and your skills that pertain to that particular work setting. Please stop by the Career Development and Counseling Center to obtain materials that will aid you in writing and designing a resume. After you have drafted this document, schedule an appointment with a counselor to have your resume critiqued. Learn more about How to Write a Resume here.
This document accompanies the resume when you contact an employer for a position. It enables you to explain to an employer why you would be an asset to his/her organization. Here is where you may highlight your background and experiences as they pertain to the specific position for which you are applying. Again, there are materials in the center to assist you in drafting a cover letter. Please take the time to meet with a counselor to review your letters.
The Job Interview
In order to secure a position, you will have to meet with the employer. Interviews may be arranged in many different ways. Sometimes the employer will first have a telephone screen interview with a large number of candidates. Other employers may directly bring you in for an interview that may last anywhere from one hour to almost an entire day. It is critical that you prepare in advance for interviews. This process includes reviewing your resume to ensure you can draw upon examples from it, reading information about the company, and preparing a list of questions for the employer concerning the position and/or the company. It may be helpful for you to stop by the Career Development and Counseling Center and pick up the information handouts on the interview process. You may also choose to schedule an appointment with a counselor to either discuss interviewing for positions or perform a “mock” practice interview.
You can also visit the Career Development and Counseling Center library, where there are a number of resources that may assist you in identifying employers within your field. These books contain overview information on the employer to whom you may directly contact.