Planning a Job Search
You may or may not be working right now. Chances are, however, one of the main
reasons you are attending college is so you can get the job you want. Whether you are
looking for an entry-level job or a higher-level job, you should always strive to make a
good impression for the hiring manager and the company. If your job-related materials,
such as your résumé and cover letter, are professional and free of errors, you are more
likely to receive a second glance. Before you begin this professional, job-related
communication, you need to plan your job search.
Preparing to Search
Before you actually start to search for a job, you need to know what you are looking for
and where you would fit best. To plan your search, consider the following steps:
Make a list of your strengths and areas in which you know you can excel.
Decide where you are willing to move if the opportunity presents itself.
Decide what hours and days you are willing to work and how those may affect
your personal life such as school, family, and friends.
Decide what types of stress you are willing to tolerate (standing all day, meeting
tight deadlines, etc.).
Based on your answers to the first four questions above, make a list of all the
types of jobs in which you are interested.
For example, if you are good at organization and word-processing, you could include an
administrative assistant on your list.
Although it is important to strive for your dreams, you need to be realistic. . If you want
to be in show business, but you do not have a wealth of experience, you could search
for jobs related to the field such as client services or production assistant, depending on
your skill set. You may have to start at an entry-level job and work your way up, which is
typical of almost any career field.
Once you know what type of job you are looking for, browse through a newspaper or
access the Internet. Web sites such as
can be helpful. Search for the jobs that interest you by entering key words (such as
) as well as your city and state. As jobs come up in an online
search, read the requirements and duties. If the job includes requirements you do not
meet or duties you know you would not want to fulfill, then do not apply for those jobs.
Also, be cautious of
—jobs that sound too good to be true such as modeling or
stay-at-home jobs. If one of the job announcements shows promise, research the