Top Tips for Finding a Job in a Tough Economy

While recent news headlines are indicating a downturn in the job market, there are still many employers offering great opportunities for undergraduates. The Career Center wants to help you be as successful as possible with your upcoming job search. Keep the following in mind while conducting your job search…

  • Look outside your major. If you find an opportunity that you are interested in and qualified for that is not in your major, don’t let that hold you back! Many people work in areas that don’t match their major, or work in areas that they had interests in outside of the classroom.
  • Think outside the box. Be creative in not only what you are searching for, but how you are searching. Have you covered all the bases in your search? Online, career fairs, informational interviews, employer panels, networking through friends, family and faculty? You’ve got to use ALL of your resources!
  • Work hard. Start early. Be prepared. Be prepared to conduct your job search by doing research, having a great resume and cover letter and being organized. The earlier you start the better because there are more jobs to choose from, but you must work hard – jobs won’t come knocking on your door.
  • Broaden your horizons. If you have been searching in one or two geographic areas, expand your search. This will give you more opportunities and options.
  • Don’t get caught up with job titles or company names. Thoroughly read the job description and research the organization to see if it’s a good fit for you. Sometimes you can’t tell what a job is by reading the job title. And, don’t let the name of an organiaztion dissuade you if you haven’t taken the time to research what they are all about.
  • Listen to the media – but not too closely. It seems like there are no jobs because of the media reports. However, keep in mind that those reports can be generalizations and exaggerations at times. What may be true for one job market, may not be true for another. So, don’t get discouraged and be patient!
  • Your first job doesn’t have to be your DREAM job. Yes, it would great if you did land your dream job right out of college. However, that won’t be the case for many recent college grads. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you find a job to help you move in the direction you want to go in your career. If you find a job that gives you experience in your chosen field that you like, then go for it!

Looking for a job in these economic times isn’t impossible if you develop your game plan and correctly execute your search. For additional information on planning your job search, please make an appointment with a Career Advisor at the Career Center!


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