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 HireaHawk.  Information such as work schedule, job description, rate of pay, and job duration is provided for each advertised job.
  • Attend the Student Job Fair held annually the first week of the fall semester.
  • 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 fewer than 100 employees
    • These companies often do not recruit college campuses
  • 85% of job opportunities are the result of second level connections—simply through weak ties or “a friend of a friend”—LinkedIn data
  • Utilizing social media counts: LinkedIn was the #1 type of social media used by 78% of companies in 2010 and 93% of companies in 2013.  Only 66% of companies use Facebook and 54% use Twitter for their hiring needs.

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)