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Searching for job positions can be an overwhelming process if you’re not sure where to begin. Follow these tips to help you through the process:

  1. Start by creating a job search document on your computer or in a notebook. Check out our template here. Create a separate page dedicated to your personal goals. Ask yourself questions like, “What job title do I hope to secure? How many hours do I want to work a week? Geographically, where am I looking to work? What skills do I want to develop?” On this page, you should develop a sense of who you are and what you’re looking for professionally speaking. For example, someone looking for a part-time position during the school year will have drastically different goals than someone searching for a full time career.
  2. If you’re struggling to answer questions about your personal goals, try using career assessments to aid you in this process. These tools will provide you with an understanding of your personality and how it relates to the workplace. Refer to the ‘Career Exploration Tips’ resource and click on the video listed under the fifth tip.
  3. Make sure your resume is up to date and professional (see “How to write a resume”). Ensure you’re prepared for interviews by scheduling an appointment with a V&C advisor to conduct practice interviews (see “Interview tips”). Also, secure at least three references that will vouch for your character. Contact these individuals and share your professional goals. Confirm they are willing to speak on your behalf and prepare them for possible phone calls from employers.
  4. Organize your job organizer by creating headings for different columns. Begin with the company’s name, the date you applied to the position, and the role you have applied for. The remaining columns should be used to organize a position’s priority, follow up report, status, general notes and contact information of the employer. Adding filter functions to these columns will be particularly helpful as you apply to positions in bulk. Read this article to learn how to use the filter function in Google Sheets.
  5. Use resources like Handshake (see “How to use Handshake), Indeed, LinkedIn and TIU’s domestic job board to search for positions. Always use the filter function on these applications in order to find the best position that suits your goals. For example, filter by location (miles from your home), experience level, part time or full time, and things of that nature.
  6. Try not to become discouraged when you are declined by an employer. Continue to work your network of contacts to find connections at other companies with job postings that match your interests. If there is a company that you’re highly interested in but they’re currently not hiring, consider asking if they have volunteer opportunities. This may lead to a potential paid position in the future while still gaining excellent experience for your future career goals.