How To Find

Find employment,
find a job or career.


Eight Tactics
To Track Down a Job

Contact Professional
in Your Field

National, regional and local
professional organizations
exist in great part to help
their members with career

Many organizations include
field-specific job listings on
their Web sites or in their
printed publications.

Check out the Career
Contact Alumni Network,
comprised of Alumni,
employers, parents,
students and friends who
have offered to share
their career experiences
with students and alumni.

Visit Company
and Organization
Web Sites

Many companies and
organizations post their
job openings right on
their own web sites,
usually under an
"Employment" or
"Career Opportunities."

Apply Directly
to Organizations
That Interest You

Do you know you want to
work specifically for a
specific Company or
Organization, then send
a well-written cover
letter and your resume
directly to the company,
either to its human
resources office or, often
more effective, to the
person who would likely
make hiring decisions
for the part of the
organization that interests

It isn't always easy to
find the right person to
get in touch with, typically,
you'll have to do some


Generally the most effective
job-hunting approach,
networking is simply talking
to people to either track
down helpful personal
contacts or learn about
job openings that may
not necessarily be
widely advertised or
advertised at all.

Start by talking to your
own family, friends and

Let everyone in your life
know you're looking for
a job, and give them an
idea of what type of job
you want.

If there's a professional
organization in your field,
join it and start participating
in its meetings and other
events so you can get to
know people in your area
of interest.

Work with a career counselor
at your school, to both tap
his contacts and learn of alumni
from your school who might
be able and willing to lend
you a hand in your search.

Finally, don't forget to tap
your professors
connections as well.

Visit Your Campus
Career Center

Most colleges and universities
have a career center staffed
by counselors and other
professionals dedicated to
helping students with career
development concerns.

Take advantage of the
services available to you
right in your own backyard,
if for no other reason than
the fact that your tuition
dollars are helping to pay
for them.

Participate in Job

Many cities, particularly
large ones, host job fairs
at various locations
throughout the year.

Most colleges and
universities hold their
own job fairs as well,
either individually or
in collaboration with
other institutions.
A job fair is a rare
opportunity to have
employers come to

So make sure you attend
job fairs whenever possible.

Do not overlook cold calls,
where you just drop in
to a business and inquire
if they are hiring.

Use a Placement Agency
or Recruiter/Headhunter

There are companies out
there that specialize in
helping people find jobs.

Some of them even focus
on working with college
students and recent college

Maybe one of them can
help you.

Consider Temp Work

Often, by working briefly
as a temp for a company,
you can position yourself
to be hired for a full-time,
permanent position that
opens up later on.

Even if that does not happen,
however, working as a temp
can help you see various
companies from the inside,
meet people in your field of
interest and earn some
pretty good money.

The more diverse your
job-hunting methods are,
the more opportunities
you'll uncover and the
greater the chance is that
you'll find, and land,
the job you really want.
Good luck in your job

What Do Employers

Technical skills are expected,
but what they are also looking
for is "soft" skills, leadership,
communication and

The people who will succeed
in business are the ones
who get along well with

There is a growing importance
of team work, because of the
increasing team-based work
The employers won't keep
the ones who have negative
behaviors no matter how
brilliant and talented they
may be.

Strategic thinkers have a
big advantage, but being
honest and sincere has no

If you really interested in
working for a company,
offer to work for a week
at no wages.

A week out of your life is a
small price to pay for
landing a job.

In this time you can give
them an idea who you
really are.

Stay focused, and determined,
and at the same time pick
up new skills.


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