Campus Life

Employment Search & Preparation

Searching

You're ready to start looking for a job in your career field. Where do you look? 

 

Job Postings

There are an abundant of places to look for employment opportunities with the most commonly used resource being on the World Wide Web. While this is a great resource and plenty of sites post opportunities everyday also remember to let people know you are looking. Ask your family, friends, classmates and colleagues to let you know of any possibilities they may come across. Check your local newspaper, the website of the company you desire employment, the library, employment agencies, job/career fairs and professional associations. Check these sources often as postings are updated on a regular basis.

Networking

The Riley Guide has a great introduction to what Networking is and how it can help you.

 

Preparing

In the current economic environment, it's a wise idea to carefully prepare for your job hunt. The following resources will help you start thinking about how you can improve your success when looking for jobs.

 

Resumes

First, read the job description carefully and follow the directions exactly. This is often one way to sort through applications by eliminating those that have not followed directions. Proof read it, ask someone to read it and read it again.

A resume is a look at your background, education, skills and knowledge and how you've used them. It is a chance to detail your duties and responsibilities, and express your achievements and success. It shows a potential employer what you can bring to their company.

Do you need help with your resume? Stop by or make an appointment with GateWay's Career and Employment Services for resume writing assistance, additional interview tips and techniques, mock interviews and more.

Cover Letters

A cover letter and resume is needed, and in most cases an application, when applying for job/career opportunities. A cover letter is usually tailored to each specific job you are applying for and details how your experiences translate to a match for that position.

Do you need help with your cover letter? Stop by or make an appointment with GateWay's Career and Employment Services Department for resume writing assistance, additional interview tips and techniques, mock interviews and more.

Our Career Counselors are available to help you organize and proof read your cover letter and resume as well as to offer tips when writing them.

Interviews

You've got an interview! Now what? This is an opportunity for the employer to learn more about you and what you can bring to their organization, as well as, an opportunity for you to see if the organization is a right fit for you.

During the interview you will be evaluated by your responses to interview questions, as well as by your appearance, timeliness, how you greet and interact with everyone your come in contact with, your knowledge of the company you are interviewing with, your personality and depending on the industry other factors s it related to the specific field.

Portfolio

Portfolios are a presentation of what you've learned throughout your education and actual samples of what you've created in previous positions you've held. They are an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and skills, show your level of expertise and range of diversity. Traditional portfolios are neatly packaged in a binder or bound. They can also be viewable online.

 

Accepting or Declining a Position