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Title: Job Search Strategies

Job Search Strategies
  • Self-assessment
  • Gaining relevant experience
  • Written materials
  • The job market
  • Job search strategies
  • Interviewing
  • CSEL services

Assess Yourself Clarify Your Goals
Consider your
  • Abilities
  • Skills
  • Education
  • Values
  • Lifestyle
  • Interests

CSEL self-assessment career information tools
  • e-Choices
  • SIGI-Plus
  • OOH
  • CX Online

Gain Exposure Relevant Experience
Engage in
  • Networking
  • Informational Interviews
  • Job Shadowing Externships
  • Volunteering
  • Service Learning Course
  • Internships
  • Co-op

Develop Written Materials for the Job Search
  • Attend CSEL workshops
  • to learn more about
  • Resumes
  • Cover letters and other job search correspondence
  • Portfolios

The Job Market
  • The open market
  • Positions that are advertised to the public
  • Any qualified applicant may apply
  • The hidden market
  • Positions that are not advertised to the public
  • Hiring is done internally or through referrals

The Open Job Market
  • Where are jobs advertised?
  • Internet (web sites listservs)
  • Newspapers
  • Professional journals
  • GOLD Connection
  • Note Only 20 of jobs are advertised

Using the Open Job Market
  • Select openings that are consistent with your
    skills, interests and values
  • Research the organizations before applying
  • Create a targeted cover letter and resume
  • comment on what you like about the company and
    job based on the research you have done
  • express how you can benefit the company
  • be prompt in responding to advertised positions

The Hidden Job Market
  • Accessed by networking
  • First, collect contact information of people you
    know directly
  • Next, come up with a list of people you dont
    know, but want to know
  • Then, talk to friends, relatives, professors and
    supervisors to get their recommendations
  • Begin with contacts who are lower on the
    organizational chart
  • Note 80 of all jobs are found on the hidden job

Job Search Strategies
  • The more diverse your strategies, the more
    effective your search will be
  • Use as many resources as possible
  • Be realistic about timelines (the average job
    search takes 3-6 months)
  • Keep organized contact records and employer
  • Plan your day and follow through

Job Search Strategies On-campus Recruiting
  • Learn about the companies on-line
  • Sign-up, upload resume, and apply for interview
    through the GOLD Connection
  • Develop questions for the recruiters
  • Dress professionally
  • Send thank you notes afterwards
  • Attend the Introduction to On-line Job Postings
    and On-Campus Interviewing workshop for more

Job Search Strategies Job Fairs
  • Identify and research employers through the CSEL
    web site (i.e., organization, size, product,
    services, locations)
  • Attend How to Succeed at a Career Fair workshop
  • Dress in professional attire
  • Bring plenty of resumes
  • Deliver your one-minute infomercial
  • Collect business cards follow up

Job Search Strategies Temp/Private Employment
  • May provide relevant work experience
  • May lead to full time jobs
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Avoid 3rd party head hunters
  • usually have the best interest of the company in
    mind, not you!
  • Only use private employment agencies who receive
    fees from employers (not applicants)

Job Search Strategies Targeted Mailing
  • Identify top organizations (10-15)
  • Research the companies
  • Identify the appropriate contact person
  • Write a tailored cover letter and resume using
    quality stationary
  • Inquire about current or anticipated openings in
    your field of interest
  • Express that you will follow up and do it

Job Search Strategies Networking
  • Develop a list of networking contacts, starting
    with people you know (family, friends, faculty,
  • Inform contacts of employment goals and enlist
    them in assisting with your search
  • Provide contacts with current resume
  • Maintain regular communication with contacts
  • Thank anyone who has provided you with assistance

Job Search Strategies Networking Activities
  • Phone calls
  • E-mails
  • Letters
  • Career Fairs
  • Internships
  • Attend conferences
  • Map out a plan with a career counselor
  • Informational Interviews
  • Job shadowing
  • Mentoring programs
  • Externships
  • Join campus clubs and organizations

  • Prepare well
  • Research the company
  • Review commonly-asked questions
  • Attend CSELs Interviewing Techniques workshop
  • Watch interviewing videos in CSEL library
  • Practice with friends
  • Schedule a practice interview at CSEL

  • The search requires daily attention
  • Dont give up
  • You might get a lot of nos, but all you need is
    one yes
  • Dont take rejections personally
  • Stay connected to your support system
  • Your hard work will pay off

Career Services and Experiential Learning
  • Business Etiquette
  • Choosing or Changing Majors
  • Choosing the Best Career
  • Cover Letters Business Correspondence
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Federal Employment
  • Graduate School Planning
  • How to Succeed at a Career Fair
  • Internships and Cooperative Education
  • Interview Techniques
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Introduction to On-line Job Postings and
    On-Campus Interviewing
  • Portfolios (How to Prepare)
  • Resumes

Career Services and Experiential Learning Programs
  • Career Planning Workshops
  • Career Information
  • Career Information Library
  • Free Career Related Related Publications
  • Alumni Mentors
  • Career Counseling
  • Major/Career Options
  • Career Assessments
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Resume/Cover Letter Critique
  • Practice Interviews
  • Experiential Education
  • Internships /Externships
  • Lockheed Martin Work Experience Program
  • Graduate/Professional School
  • Directories and resources
  • Annual Graduate, Law and Professional School Day
  • CSEL Events
  • 8 Annual Career Fairs
  • Majors Fair
  • Annual Senior Day
  • Career Panels
  • On-Campus Recruitment
  • GOLD Connection
  • Job Listings
  • Resume Referral
  • On-Campus Interviewing
  • Company Presentations

Career Services and Experiential Learning
Calendar of Events 2004-05
  • Statewide Job Fair
  • May 13, 2004
  • Fall Career Expo
  • October 5, 2004
  • Graduate, Law Professional Day
  • October 20, 2004
  • Senior Day
  • October 27, 2004
  • Public Administration Job Fair
  • November 9, 2004
  • Experiential Education Career Panel
  • November 16, 2004
  • Spring Internship Fair
  • January 25, 2005
  • Spring Career Expo
  • January 26, 2005
  • Arts Science Career Panel Series
  • February 8, 2005
  • College of Engineering Panel
  • February 22, 2005
  • Arts Science Career Panel Series
  • March 8, 2005
  • Majors Fair
  • March 9, 2005
  • Statewide Job Fair
  • May 12, 2005

Career Services Experiential Learning
  • Locations/Hours
  • Career Services Student Resource Center 7G
  • Normal Hours of Operation Mon. Fri. (800 am -
    500 pm)
  • Walk-in Service Mon. Fri. (1000 am - 400 pm)
  • Experiential Learning Howard Phillips Hall,
    Ste. 208
  • Normal Hours of Operation Mon. Fri. (800 am -
    500 pm)
  • Walk-in Service Mon-Fri. (800 am-1200pm)
    (200pm -500pm)
  • Satellite Locations
  • College of Business BA2, Room 222
  • Lockheed Martin Sand Lake Road
  • Rosen College of Hospitality Management 9907
    Universal Blvd., Ste. 201

The UCF Creed
Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity,
and excellence are the core values that guide our
conduct, performance, and decisions. Integrity I
will practice and defend academic and personal
honesty. Scholarship I will cherish and honor
learning as a fundamental purpose of my
membership in the UCF community. Community I
will promote an open and supportive campus
environment by respecting the rights and
contributions of every individual. Creativity I
will use my talents to enrich the human
experience. Excellence I will strive toward the
highest standards of performance in any endeavor
I undertake.