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Title: Searching the Job Market

Searching the Job Market
  • Brought to you by
  • The University Career Center
  • UC 2.02.04
  • (210) 458-4589

Facts about Job Searching
  • The job market is highly competitive.
  • Latest research shows that recent graduates job
    search took up to 9 months or longer to find
    a job!
  • The earlier you start and the broader your
    search, the better your odds will be in finding a
  • An effective job search takes time, diligence and
    effort. It also takes having a game plan
    prepared in advance.

Job Search Steps
  1. Conduct a Self Assessment of your skills,
    abilities and interests. If necessary, take a
    Career Assessment
  2. Update resume, cover letter, and list of
  3. Identify the types of jobs, companies and cities
    you want to work in
  4. Utilize any and all job search strategies (more
    on this later)

Identify Jobs and Companies
  • Become familiar with the job titles and companies
    that hire individuals with your degree .
  • Only apply to jobs you are qualified for. This
    helps narrow and focus your job search.
  • Talk to friends, family members, and other
    individuals that can help you identify networking
    contacts and companies.

Getting Organized
  • Make sure your Facebook page, phone message and
    e-mail accounts project a professional image ,
  • Tailor your Resume and Cover Letter to each and
    every job you apply to.
  • Upload your resume to RowdyJobs and other job
    search engines
  • Create a LinkedIn profile to establish
    individual and group networking contacts and
  • http//
  • Set up a job search strategy

Elevator Speech
  • Develop a 20 second elevator speech or sound
    bite about yourself
  • Use it for any networking events, career fairs,
    brief introductions
  • Include name, major, classification, previous
    work and internship experience, and career goals.

  • Hi, my name is Donna Smith. I am currently a
    senior at UTSA majoring in Marketing and will
    graduate in May 2015.
  • I am interested in a career in Market
    research and have been fortunate to have
    participated in an internship last summer with
    Thompson Advertising.
  • I gained experience compiling and analyzing
    market data and preparing reports for Management.
    I am seeking a full time position with a company
    where I can continue to work hard and grow
  • I am willing to travel and relocate. Can you
    tell me about your Marketing department and the
    types of opportunities available?

Searching Applying
  • Utilize multiple search methods (RowdyJobs,, Book of Lists)
  • Conduct daily searches (get out of the house)
  • Join professional groups, attend meetings, and
    volunteer. Look for opportunities to make new
  • Go to to get company reviews,
    and salary information posted by employees
  • NOTE Because of the competitive nature of the
  • market, it is critical to success
    that you use
  • every available job search method
    and search
  • daily!

  • http//

How to Find Jobs
  • University Career Center
  • Get registered on RowdyJobs and get access to
    the online database of jobs
  • Participate in On-campus Interviews
  • Attend On campus Career Fairs
  • Attend Information Sessions to gain first hand
    information on companies

How to Find Jobs
  • Network through LinkedIn and other Social
    Networking sites
  • Stay in touch with Networking Contacts
  • Complete online applications through Employer
  • largest job search engine
  • Other Job Search engines Monster, Career
    Builder, etc.
  • Attend Career Fairs hosted by companies
  • Read the Business section of the Newspaper
    classified ads


Record Keeping Follow-up
  • Establish a record keeping system to track jobs
    applied to (Job title, company, contact, when,
  • Schedule Informational interviews with
  • Bookmark valuable websites
  • Follow-up with any and all jobs you apply for

Create a Business Card
  • Go to or other source to print
    your own personalized Business card

Michael R. Ruiz Seeking HR Generalist, Recruiter or Trainer position (210) 404 - 1667
The University of Texas at San Antonio Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management May 2015 GPA - 3.2
The University of Texas at San Antonio Bachelor
of Business Administration in Human Resource
Management May 2012
GPA - 3.2
Conduct company research
  • Research companies to gain knowledge on products,
    locations, etc.
  • http//

Speaking of Salary
  • As a general rule, recent college graduates do
    not have much negotiating power.
  • Many of you will increase your earnings thorugh
    moving up the ladder within your organization.
  • The state of the job market and economy also
    impacts your ability to negotiate.
  • Know what the competitive market rate is for
    someone with your background and skills

Salary Websites
  • (Department of Labor)

Look at the whole package
  • Before accepting an offer of employment, find
  • What is the salary range for the job?
  • What kind of medical, dental and other benefits
    are offered?
  • Does the position offer free parking, bonuses,
    tuition assistance, etc.
  • What is the typical career path for someone in
    this position?

Gathering Salary Info
  • Do your research in advance.
  • Use current salary survey and industry
  • Look at entry-level pay for comparable job
  • Understand the relationship of the current state
    of the economy as well as geographic factors.
  • Be realistic!
  • Understand there is more to compensation than
    just the money!

Some Helpful Resources
  • National Association of Colleges Employers
    (provided by the Career Center). Provides current
    data and research on employers, labor market and
  • Book of Lists found in the Career Center
  • Chamber of Commerce list of companies
  • Business Trade Publications
  • - (information on companies
    from actual employees)
  • great for new grads

2010 Professionalism in the Workplace Poll (by
the Center for Professional Excellence, York
College of Pennsylvania)
  • This survey indicated that new graduates are
    falling short in 8 areas
  • Being competent in verbal and written
  • Taking initiatives
  • Projecting professional image
  • Thinking independently
  • Demonstrating passion for their work
  • Being open to criticism
  • Accepting personal responsibility
  • Displaying a sense of ethics

Final Tips
  • The key is using multiple resources and applying
    for multiple jobs!
  • The UTSA University Career Center is an excellent
    resource for all aspects of your search!
  • Once youve identified an opportunity, spend some
    time researching the employer to determine if
    theyre a good fit.
  • Finding a job is just a first step getting the
    job takes excellent interviewing skills. Make
    use of all the UCC resources to polish and
    perfect your interviewing skills!

THANK YOU!andGood Luck!
  • The University Career Center
  • UC 2.02.04
  • (210) 458-4589