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​Traditional Job Hunting Strategies

There are two basic forms of job hunting: 

1.       Applying through the internet.
2.       Attending jobs fairs.
 
While these are the most common methods used by people to find jobs, it is estimated that only somewhere between 15% - 35% of all jobs each year are filled through these methods. 
 
The irony is that while most job seekers first turn to online job postings and job fairs, it is the last place that most private sector employers turn to for prospective employees for openings within their organizations.
Because up to 35% of jobs you would likely be interested in are advertised positions, does it make sense to spend 100% of your time applying for these positions?  Of course not!  If you can devote roughly 1/3 of your time to focusing on applying for jobs online and the other 2/3 of your time focusing your efforts on networking, then you will achieve a healthy balance in searching between the traditional and non-traditional job markets.
 

​Non-Traditional Job Hunting Strategies

Everything outside of searching and applying for jobs online and attending job fairs could be considered “non-traditional.”  The common term for this approach is “networking."
Networking is all about increasing your visibility and communicating your value to potential employers.  Your focus should be on gathering information and referrals to potential contacts that may offer additional advice and guidance.  This technique is often referred to as informational interviewing. It is NOT about asking people if their company is currently hiring or if they know of any other employment positions available elsewhere.
You must be selective as to which people you choose to network with because you can only network with so many people in a given week.  This means your networking efforts must be targeted.
Advantages of networking include:
     •   Meeting with actual "decision makers" in an organization and not HR.
     •   Meeting with people who are happy to meet you and
          refer you to other contacts upon your request.
     •   Tapping into the 65%-85% of the job market that is never advertised.
     •   Less competition.

​Managing your job

Search

At 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 networking. 
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.
Give 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.
Get 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.
How 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 focused efforts.

 

 

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Constantly-updated content on topics such as: job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, and cultural/interviewing advice. Follow the link on the Career Lynx announcement page.
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  Getting Started | Who Am I | Career Center Benefits 
  Ask the Experts | Advice from Graduates 
  How Did You Get THAT Job

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  Google Yourself | Perils of Social Networking
  Why Be LinkedIn | Twitter: Thought Leader
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