Managing your job
times, job searching can be a very frustrating process and it can take a toll
on your self-image and confidence if you aren’t careful! If you go into the process knowing this, you
won’t be as surprised when you don’t get a call back from every employer to whom you’ve
sent a résumé.
Balance: To maximize your options, spend part of your
time applying for jobs online and attending job fairs. But also plan to spend significantly more time working on
becoming more visible to employers through a variety of networking strategies.
Planning: First, you must be realistic about how many
hours per week you are willing to spend job hunting. If you are unemployed, “hire yourself” to
find your next job. Consider job hunting
to be your full-time job until you find employment. The majority of
your time should be dedicated to increasing your visibility through
Set a Goal: How many networking meetings will you have
each week? Be realistic. Even if you
can only manage to speak to just one person a week, do it. Your job search probably won’t move as quickly,
but it is a step forward. Your goal each
week should be to set up a specific number of meetings for the following week.
Yourself a Break: If you find that you
are getting frustrated or emotional over your search, take a few hours or even
a day off to relax.
Organized: Set up a personal system in which you can keep track of interviews
and networking meetings you have made and record contact information and notes
for all the people you add to your network during this process.
Long Does a Typical Job Search Take? To
find a full-time professional position related to your major, give yourself 2-3
months of devoting your full time on your search to land the kind of position
you want. It may happen sooner than
that; it may take longer. Typically,
most people are able to secure a good career-related position with 90 days of
The Certificate of Employability acts as a supplement to the information that the Career Center staff provides and consists of nine self-contained modules—each containing a wealth of information and a corresponding video presentation.
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