Job Search Preparation

Preparation and planning are essential for a successful job search!  The tips below will help you get started with your job search. Our counselors and staff are ready to help you throughout your job search process. Make an appointment with the Career Center for help in designing your own personal job search plan.


→ Research Your Field and the Current Job Market

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

Occupational Outlook Handbook     O*Net Online

→ Develop a professional resume and cover letter

Use our handouts 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.

→ Prepare for the interviews

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. 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.  

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.

→ 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 Handshake regularly to search for internships, co-ops and full-time jobs.

– Use ALL available job sites, including employers’ web pages.

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

– Travel — Consider relocation or an international internship.

More Job Search Resources

Check out more general and selected major-specific job search links on our Career / Job Search Links page.




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