Conduct a Job Search
Be proactive and strategic in your job search. Don't post a resume and wonder why you did not receive a call from an employer. Once the job is posted on the online job boards your competition increases. Career Services teaches you how to tap into the "hidden job market". Finding the right job in today's economy can be a challenge and requires full-time effort. Little mistakes can cost you a job. Before looking for employment, make sure your resume and cover letter are tailored to each position and company to which you are applying. Prepare for and rehearse answers to the interview questions. Use every resource available to you in securing employment. Listen to our webcast, Job Search Supersized - 20 minutes.
Here is a step by step
on how to secure employment:
1. Develop a schedule to find a job. For example, every day from 8 am to 5 pm you will be phone calling, conducting web research, and following up with contacts. Develop a spreadsheet system to track communications or use Outlook.
2. Identify your skill set. Match your skill set to a similar position in a
different field, a different position in a different field, or a different
position is a similar field. To find out how your skills may transfer to another
position or to find a cluster of careers in a similar field log on to
www.facts.org, choose College Student, Career Planning & Florida Choices
For example, an IT student might have skills in web development, database development, or information security. This candidate would have a resume for each area of expertise and would be able to apply to three different positions within the same field.
3. Begin with your personal network: faculty, peers, friends, family, neighbors, doctors, hair stylist, LinkedIn, and so on. Ask them who they know who might be able to use your skills, education, and experience. Ask if you may call the contact and use their name as a referral. Send thank you notes to those who have taken the time to speak with you. In the note, show appreciation for their time. Also, restate your experience, skills, and your interest in their organization. Include your e-mail and phone number too!
4. Make a list of all the companies and organizations in which you have an
interest in working. Every week click on the companies web page.
Review the employment page to see if a position of interest has been posted.
Even if a position is not posted, don't wait. Contact the
department manager who could hire you and introduce yourself. Here's how to find
the contact name. Look in the press releases about the company. Look in the
companies annual report. Search the company website. Search LinkedIn. Call the
company anonymously and ask the receptionist for the name.
5. Tap into the Hidden Job Market. Over 80% of the jobs are never advertised. Identify employers who can use your skills. Research employers before calling. Their annual report and current news is often found on their web page. Find local employers through the directory of employers on the Chamber of Commerce website. It is important to employers that you know who they are and what they do. They want to see a candidate who is interested in their company and excited about the service or products they provide. Be prepared to share your interest in their organization based on their values, mission, goals, or services. You can also go to the USF Library system. Click on Site Map, Business & Economics, SEC Filings, and Mergent Online. You will find a wealth of information from executive names, number of employees, revenues, competitors, and news. You can also try Glass Door, Complaint Board, and LinkedIn.
6. Prepare what you are going to say and ask. If a position is not posted,
call the manager of the department for which you are a good fit. This is an
opportunity to introduce yourself and learn about their organization. It
is also an opportunity to establish an acquaintance in the field. Since
the position may not be available to today, explore whether or not the employer
anticipates future employment growth. Inquire about the experience and
qualities they look for in candidates. Share how you have the
experience and qualities they need. Ask if you can meet with them just to
put a face to the name. Thank them for their time, and follow-up with a
thank you note. If a position is posted, follow the HR application process. Make
a call to the department manager to introduce yourself. Reassure him/her
that you have followed the HR application process and are just calling to
7. Track your progress using Excel or Outlook. Document - Who did I talk to? Did I send a resume? Did I follow-up? What were their comments? The information gained will help you prepare for the interview.
8. Other sources to find jobs are professional associations affiliated with a field, the USF Alumni Association. Work with Staffing Agencies or Third Party Recruiters. *Click here to learn more about Third Party Recruiters. Never work with an agency that charges a fee.
9. Develop your LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is a professional networking site.
10. Consider expanding the geographical location of your job search.
11. Attend career fairs and networking events in your area.
13. You may now schedule an appointment with Career Services.
14. You will also find some great information on the Riley Guides