Job Search Preparation

Preparation, Planning & Persistence are essential for a successful job search! !   This checklist will help you get started with your job search. Our counselors and staff are ready to help you throughout your job search process. So don’t hesitate to reach out to us to make an appointment for assistance with each of these activities and help to design your personal job search.

√Assess Yourself

The best way to make sure you choose the career that’s right for you is to identify the skills, values and abilities that are most important to you. We offer two self-assessment tools to help you learn more about yourself, about majors, about occupations and how these are all connected.

Self-Directed Search(SDS)®  – is available in hard copy, so stop in to our office to get your copy and make an appointment with a counselor to discuss your results.

Focus II®  – is available on-line; you will need the La Salle Access Code to create your personal account. Call or email Career and Employment Services for the code and to meet with one of our counselors to review your results and plan your next steps.

√Research Your Field and the Current Job Market

Check career-related web sites for current information. Read local newspapers and magazines, national business & news publications, industry & professional journals. Recommended publications:

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The O*Net Online

The Career Insider: a leading source of career intelligence providing access to free downloadable guides on different industries, companies and career topics.  (accessible via mylasalle – on the Campus Life tab in the Employment Channel)

√Develop a professional resume and cover letter

Use our “quick reference guides” or attend a workshop to learn what to include in your resume and cover letters. Then meet with a counselor to have your resume or cover letter reviewed. You may come in during our walk-in hours or make an appointment.

Super Quick Guide to Writing a Resume

Quick Cover Letter Guide

Prepare for the interview

Never go into an interview unprepared!  Always research the employer with whom you have the interview and the industry in which you want to work. Bring extra copies of your resume to the interview in a folder or portfolio. Be sure to ask the employer questions, even if it’s just a simple “What’s the next step in the interview process?” Send a thank you email/note after the interview. Attend an Interviewing Skills workshop at Career and Employment Services and/or schedule a mock interview with one of our counselors. For more details and tips on interviewing, download the following guides:

Successful Interviewing

Common Interview Questions

√Develop and Expand Your “Network”

Attend networking events and employer information sessions on-campus where you will meet employees, recruiters and alumni currently working in various career fields.  TIP: consider creating or purchasing “personal networking cards” (VistaPrint offers free business cards)to exchange at such events.

Talk to faculty, recent graduates, family friends, relatives, and everyone else you know. These individuals are typically more willing to grant you an information interview or help you connect with people they may know in your field of interest. Information interviews may be arranged on your own or by meeting with one of our counselors who will help you identify La Salle Alumni to contact.

Expand your “on-line presence” by joining LinkedIn (“world’s largest professional network“) where you can be introduced to and collaborate with professionals and alumni; utilizing other professional networking based on your career interests; as well as using other popular social media -Twitter, Google+, Plaxo - to further develop and expand your network.

√Additional Tips for Your Job Search:

Use a calendar to organize your job search: block off times for writing your resume and cover letters, attending job fairs and information sessions, applying to openings via the web and email.

Use the phone to …
…Ask for the name and title of the person to whom you should direct your resume.
…Always get the correct spelling, gender, and title!
…Follow up within two weeks of sending your resume; make sure the appropriate person received your resume.

Use eXplorenet regularly to search for internships, co-ops and full-time jobs.

Use ALL available job sites, including employers’ webpages. (You will find more links on the Career/Job Search Links page)

Check the newspaper classified – at least for those employers who are hiring.

Review professional publications/journals/websites from specific industries in your field of interest.

Work part-time, take a temporary job, or volunteer in your field of interest

Travel — Consider relocation or an international internship.

Check out this excellent resource from our friends at NerdScholarJob Search Guide for
Gen Y

√More Career Resources

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