Job Search Strategies



    "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket."  A mistake that new college graduates make is applying for a job they really want and then just waiting until that process is completed.  It could take several months, and you've just lost valuable time by sitting around waiting  for this one job search to be completed.


    Use multiple means of learning about job openings.  Once upon a time reading the newspaper job wants ads pretty well covered the bases.  Not now!  You need to use varied job search techniques to get your name out in front of employers.

    • Post your resume on-line

    • Search job sites on-line

    • Newspaper employment ads

    • Trade journals in your field of interest

    • Networking

    • Attend job fairs - on-line and in-person

    • Career Services office

    • Professors

    • Family/Friends - Tell everyone you are looking for a job!

    • Register on the federal government job site -

    • Register with state employment agencies - all states should have similar sites             Example - www.wv.stateus/admin/personnel/  - WV Division of Personnel  - Workforce WV


    Be persistent.  Always follow-up on any job leads you are given.  Don't become discouraged if you hear, "We're not interested."  The more no's you get, the closer you are to a yes!


    Follow-up on your application letter. You don't want to become a pest to the employer, but you want to make sure they know you are sincerely interested in the job.  Follow-up with a phone call within a week of submitting your resume.  Ask if they received your resume, need additional information, what the process will be from that point forward, and when you should expect to hear back from them.  Always be polite and respectful of their time.


    Start building your "assets" early in your college career.  You job search doesn't really start when you're getting ready to graduate.  It actually starts when you start college. 

    How can you build your assets so that you are a competitive candidate when you actually start applying for jobs?

    • Get related work experience

    • Network with professionals in your field

    • Complete an internship

    • Get involved in campus and/or community activities

    • Do your best academic work possible

    • Assume leadership roles

    • Become active in community service

    • Try a variety of experiences to help narrow your career choices

    • Join professional organizations in your field as a student mentor


    Some common Job Hunting Mistakes

    • Waiting for a job "to land in your lap"

    • Acting desperate

    • Not believing in yourself.  Failing to project self-confidence

    • Not being prepared for the interview process

    • Taking rejection personally

    • Having a bad attitude

    • Thinking someone else will find you a job

    • Inability to articulate why you are the best candidate for the position

    • Failing to submit a top quality cover letter and resume.  Any errors on either of these documents can eliminate you from consideration for a position

    • Having an "I don't really care" attitude

    • Not committing enough time to your job search.  Job hunting is a forty hour week job, plus!!

    • Failing to follow-up with the employer following the interview

    • Think you are above an entry level position

    • Having no clear direction of your career goals

    • Not having gained any relevant work experience



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