Job Search Check Out What Works!
According to some sources 85% of jobs for recent college graduates are not advertised.
The effective job seeker spends most of their time uncovering these types of “hidden”
job openings. That means talking to people and identifying and approaching employers
of interest. While it is important to check out advertised openings, more time
should be spent cultivating your contacts (see
Networking ) and conducting informational interviews with potential employers.
Use the internet not just to look for openings, but to network, research industries
and organizations, and access employer directories, such as Career Search. Join
a professional organization to meet people in your field as well as to keep current
on industry trends. Most jobs never hit the newspaper or the internet, so be a proactive
rather than a reactive job seeker. Focus your energy on meeting people and contacting
organizations that you have researched.
Remember - think creatively about how you can make contact with employers, and
how to best construct your job search.
The following checklist should help you identify and organize some of the job search
tasks you will need to complete.
Clarify Your Job Target
- Determine where your interests, abilities, and values fit best in the world of work.
- Use the CDC Career Information Center to learn about career opportunities.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field. Contact Alumni
Mentors/Career Advisors to discuss careers, job search strategies, and graduate
- Complete an internship in your field of interest.
The conversion rate of interns being hired by the organization where they interned
is 57.7% (NACE, 2011).
- Select preferred geographic location(s) and identify
realistic starting salaries in your field. Salaries.com is a good place to do your
research on salaries.
Prepare Your Job Search Correspondence
- Attend resume and cover letter writing workshops offered by the CDC.
- Set up an appointment with a counselor to review your printed resume or cover letter.
- Use the CDC’s books on resume/cover letter writing. Pick up Resume/Cover Letter
handouts in the CDC or view them here.
Get Ready for Your Job Search
- Start networking now! Let friends, relatives, supervisors, teachers, and former
employers know you are looking.
- Pick up the Networking handout in the CDC or view it on our website.
- Use the CDC books on job searching.
- Join and become active in a professional organization in your field.
- Read local newspapers or, if relocating, read out-of-town newspapers on the web.
- Shop for your interview suit.
- Pick up a Reference File Packet or view it here
Identify Unadvertised Openings
- Research potential employers using CareerSearch, an online directory of over 1.7
million employers available through ORCA.
- Begin contacting potential employers with phone calls, visits, and letters of inquiry
- Start keeping records on employer contacts and follow up periodically.
- Continue to increase your networking activities.
Check Out Advertised Openings
- View job openings using ORCA on the CDC website.
- Create a search agent and have ORCA job postings emailed to you.
- Upload your resume to ORCA.
- Visit popular links
to other job listing sites on the CDC website.
- Identify publications or websites related to your field that list current openings.
- Visit organization websites for employment listings.
- Check out all upcoming events on the CDC website to
find out about employers visiting campus and all upcoming job fairs.
Find Employers by Accessing and Navigating Career Search
While we encourage you to check out the many new features of Career Search Version 3 (information feeds from TweetmyJobs.com, Search by Major, Nations of the World, and Corporate Culture just to name a few), following are the directions for searching the Career Search Employer database - the largest most up-to-date of its kind!
- Login to ORCA.
- Click on the “Career Search” link located in your “Quick Links” menu.
- To search local and national employers click on “US Advanced Search” under “Company Search” in the main menu.
- There are three main categories for searching: Industries, Location, and Keywords.
- Within “Industries,” select one or more industry categories.
- All underlined industries have sub-categories that can be accessed with a click.
- Select sub-categories or sub-categories of sub-categories to refine your search.
- If you do not find a specific industry, use the search option.
- Click on “Locations” to make selections as you did for “Industries.”
- Click on “Keywords” to further refine your search in optional ways including contact names, types of organizations, age of organizations, and more.
- View a summary of your selections on the right-hand side of the page under “Criteria.”
- Click on “Get Results” to execute your search.
- For detailed organizational information click on an organization’s name.
- If your search result is empty then you need to modify and expand your search criteria by clicking on and returning to “Industries,” “Locations,” and/or “Keywords.”
- Click on “Save Results” and print in the format of your choice. “Reports” of the data are available in HTML, TEXT, and PDF formats and “downloads” of the data are available in formats ranging from ASCII to Access and Excel.
- Call or stop in to the Career Development Center if you need assistance
Develop Good Interview Skills
- Attend the CDC's interviewing workshop.
- Refer to books on interviewing in the
- Pick up the Interviewing handout in the CDC or view it on our
- Practice interviewing in a recorded mock interview session with a CDC counselor.
- Use the CDC's employer resources, or the web, to learn more about organizations.
- Check with the CDC or on ORCA to make sure all references
requested have been submitted.
- Follow-up with organizations that you have not heard back from.
- Send thank you letters after interviews.