Once you've done a Self-Assessment and completed a Reality Check, you are ready to search, apply for, and land a job. The Implementation phase of the Career Development Model focuses energy on just those things from creating a killer resume to negotiating and sealing the deal with an employer. Get an advantage by working on your resume and interviewing skills before, and even during, your search. Use the available resources to help direct you on your job hunt.
Resume/Job Search Letters
Generally, when applying for a position, submitting a cover letter and resume is crucial. The cover letter should not summarize but, rather, highlight the resume making the reader want to know more. Once an employer decides to look at the resume you have less than a minute to wow them before they move on to the next applicant. Your skills and qualifications should jump out and be easy to skim through. Use your minute wisely by learning how to write a cover letter and resume that will get you invited for an interview. Other considerations must be given to inquiry letters and portfolios.
Do you know how to conduct yourself or what questions you should ask the employer during a job interview? You may have spent hours putting finishing touches on your resume, but you often have less than 15 minutes to make a first impression. Learn how to carry yourself through an interview by finding out what responses and actions interviewers are looking for. After reviewing the links to the left you may wish to set up a time to do a mock interview with the Career Development Center. Mock interviews allow you to practice in an interview-like setting and receive valuable feedback from one of our career coaches.
Job Search Strategies
Once your resume and cover letters are ready to go and you've mastered being an interviewee, you will need to get organized, sit down, and start the actual job search. The question you have now is, "Where do I start?" The Internet is filled with postings either on company sites or general job posting boards.
Network and Support
Find out where the jobs are and make yourself known. Networking isn't just about mingling with employers at job fairs. It also involves you getting your name out there to friends and employers. Because two out of three positions out there are not advertised, ask around to see if anyone is hiring. The Resource Center contains many directories of regional and national employers. You may also wish to join a job search support group in order to expand your network.
Let's say you've found an employer who wants you to fill their position, but the salary and benefits don't quite match what you had in mind. However, it is a short commute with free parking and the work environment seems ideal. Let's also say that at the same time another company has offered you the same type of job, but with a higher salary, longer commute, and rigid work hours. How should you evaluate or even negotiate these offers? Figure out what you are worth and what you are willing to give up in exchange for other personal or material benefits, then learn to negotiate in order to achieve your goals.