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Title: Job and Internship Search Strategies for Alumni

Job and Internship Search Strategies for Alumni
Presented by Pomerantz Career Center
Pomerantz Career Center
  • Serves students and alumni on the UI campus
  • Is located just north of the Pappajohn Business
  • For more information visit our web site at
  • You can also get a copy of our career guide
    online or in our office to learn more

Presentation Overview
  • Self-Assessment
  • Research
  • Networking
  • The hidden job market
  • Implementing/managing your search
  • Mistakes to avoid

During Your Search Remember…
  • No specific job strategy will work for everyone
  • Be flexible
  • Be persistent
  • Allow extra time to conduct your search
    (especially when working full-time while looking)
  • 3 key steps - Assessment, Research and

Self Assessment
  • What do you want to do?
  • What do you like about your current job?
  • What do I want to be different?
  • Helps narrow the audience and define your answer
    if an employer asks you Why do you want to work
  • Informational interviews
  • Identify likes/dislikes

  • Ask yourself questions (Example do you like
    working with clients or transactional documents?)
  • This will help you to gain insight
  • Identify what you find rewarding

Research How do to find jobs?
  • Job listings (newspapers, magazines)
  • Low cost, high competition
  • Targeted mailings (letters of inquiry,
    application to specific industries, but can be
    time consuming, low response rate etc)
  • And…

Finding Jobs/ Internships
  • Internet resources USAJOBS, Career Builder,
    websites of individual employers, professional
    associations, etc. (be sure to be as professional
    and diligent using these as paper methods)
  • Career Services at your alma mater online
    recruiting systems (ex. UI Employment Expo)
  • Next, before you apply you should learn
    something about them…

Research the Employers
  • Displays thoroughness and attention to detail.
  • Taking the time shows motivation, seriousness of
    purpose, respect, and commitment.
  • Helps to personalize cover letters and resumes.
  • Determine your fit with the organization
  • Identify a large number of employers
  • Focus resume to target needs of company
  • Respond knowledgably and informed
  • Prepare appropriate questions to ask during an

What to Learn About a Company
  • Description of job responsibilities.
  • Personnel information (NAME, policies, relevant
    information of executives).
  • Organizational culture, goals, and strategies.
  • Size, age, location, history, ownership
  • Products or services, major competitors, recent
    development, expected growth.
  • Your knowledge will display your sincere interest
    and help you be more prepared to interview

  • Single most effective way of gathering
    career-related information, develop contacts, and
    uncover the hidden job market
  • Identify your resources!!
  • Colleagues
  • Friends and family
  • Professional associates
  • Use your resources!!!
  • Informational interviews
  • Job shadow externship
  • May be leads for potential internships

  • TALK to develop your Network
  • Start with people you know first, then build on
  • Enlist support, discuss you, gather information,
  • Attend company information sessions
  • Contact human resource department
  • Get involved in professional/civic organizations

Network through Informational Interviews
  • Make initial contact give them a copy of your
  • Ask for information….NOT a job
  • Face-to-face meeting if possible
  • Be politely persistent
  • Try to obtain referrals from each person
  • Follow up
  • Thank them

The Hidden Job Market
  • Approximately 80 of available positions are
    never advertised
  • You can make contact before an employer knows
    they need you

  • Most employers prefer informal and personal
    methods of identifying employees.
  • Networking does not eliminate the need to use
    other job-search methods
  • It will produce helpful referrals from
    approximately many of your contacts.
  • This process can be somewhat time-consuming and
    you still need to use more traditional methods

Other Useful Resources
  • Mock Interviews may lead to real interviews!
  • Volunteering in your community
  • Create your own position as companies change and
  • Job Agencies
  • Internet want ads

Implementing/Managing Your Search
  • Organize yourself with a system (computer,
    binder, index cards)
  • Set aside time for your search weekly/daily
  • Keep records of initial contacts and follow-ups
  • Set reasonable daily/weekly goals
  • Continue to assess process
  • Update/review resume as needed

Evaluating an Unsuccessful Job Search
  • Rejection is part of the normal job search
    process, but…
  • If youve looked for 6 months without much
    success, may need to redirect or gain experience
  • Build your experience and gain skills
  • Take a temporary position or internship
  • Volunteer work

Redirect Your Search
  • Clarify goals and redefine options talk with a
    Career Advisor
  • Have your resume reviewed several times
  • Geographic restrictions
  • Do your skills match with the needs of the

8 Common Job Search Mistakes
  • 1. Relying on one strategy
  • 2. Lack of focus/career objective
  • 3. Failure to identify and use networking
  • 4. Targeting only large employers
  • 5. Failure to followup
  • 6. Unprofessional materials/appearance
  • 7. Impersonal approach
  • 8. Underestimate time needed to search

Keep It In Perspective
  • Dont take everything personally…
  • Maintain a balance between job search and
    every-day routine
  • Remind yourself of your skills/abilities
  • Use your resources and you will find employment
  • Be persistent a job search can take two to six
    months or more!

  • Thank you for visiting our web site
  • For more information, please call
  • 319-335-1023 or visit us at
  • C310 Pomerantz Center