Self-Assessment

A successful job search begins with the following steps:

  • Review your current job skills. What can you offer the employer? Job skills can be both personal management skills (i.e., dependability, organizational skills, punctuality) and technical skills from past jobs or academic experiences (i.e., computer skills, office experience, child care background).
  • Determine the skills you want to develop for career and professional goals and to enhance your resume.
  • Assess the importance of employment versus academics. How many hours can you work per week without affecting your academic performance?
  • Determine a potential work schedule based on a review of your class schedule.

Exploring Student Jobs

  • Utilize Jobnet, the University’s web-based job advertisement system. The system is updated on a daily basis. The following information is provided for each job listing: work schedule, duties, rate of pay, and who to contact for an interview.
  • Explore University Life Centers job opportunities listed on the employment board located at the Campus Information Center, first floor, IMU (not applicable for off-campus part-time jobs).
  • Network!  Talk with your employed friends, classmates, and professors to gain referrals and advice.
  • Contact departments or businesses directly for employment leads.  BE PROACTIVE!

Career Job Searching

Did you know?

  • 80% of all positions are filled without employer advertising
    • It saves time, energy, and money to hire people they know or who have been referred
  • 98% of U.S. employers have few than 100 employees
    • These companies often do not recruit college campuses
  • 85% of job opportunities are the result of 2nd level connections—simply through weak ties or “a friend of a friend”—LinkedIn data
  • From 2010-2012, recruiting by organizations has drastically changed with over 57% of companies utilizing more technology and social networks to recruit college students while over 42% are attending more career fairs than they did in 2010.

What does this data tell you??  BE PROACTIVE!  Job searching takes a lot of effort and should be started early in your college career.  Here are some tips on how to get your job search started:

  • Network—attend career fairs, get involved, work on campus, set up informational interviews, etc.  http://careers.uiowa.edu/networking-basics
  • Develop organizations of interest list (Identify 5-10)
  • Research important resources
    • Organizations website
    • Pomerantz Career Center Library
    • Utilize social networking—LinkedIn
    • Research your industry—www.careeronestop.org
  • Utilize multiple job search methods (i.e. online job searching, networking, proactively reaching out to organizations).  Avoid passive job searching (i.e. only internet)