Search for Full Time Work

Graduation is just around the corner, and it’s time to look ahead! Are you off to graduate school? Do you plan to search for full-time employment? No matter your choice, it’s important to start deciding early so you can fInd a school or employer that fits. It’s time to start transition into the world beyond USTP. 

Job Search Strategies

The job market for graduates has varied in recent years, and the long-term outlook is difficult to predict. Regardless of economic conditions, the most effective method for graduates to find desirable employment is to conduct an active, self-directed job search campaign.

Most students find meaningful employment by developing their career goals, identifying desirable employers, assuming control of their job search campaign, and actively pursuing employment opportunities. Many job seekers only focus on developing a resume and polishing their interview skills are key aspects of a job search, it is important to know that there are many other steps in this process.

The most careful, comprehensive job search involves each of the following steps, though not necessarily in the order presented. Read them carefully and decide how many you want to implement.

The Job Search Process: A Step-By-Step Approach

1. Start Early and Visit The Career Center Before Your Senior Year

Use on-campus interviewing, and take advantage of many additional services that are available through the Career Center to assist in your search process.

2. Read About the Job Search Process

Various job search sites and books found in The Career Center Library can help you generate effective strategies, feel more motivated, and organize your approach. 

3. Decide What Type of Work You Want

Whether you are seeking an internship, part-time, or full-time opportunity, employers are most interested in individuals who have focused their job/career interests. 

When formulating your career objectives think specifically about what you have to offer (skills, abilities, knowledge, experiences, etc). It is also helpful to ask yourself what kind of work environment you might want (large or small business, non-profit organization, educational institution, health, government, cultural, etc.).

If you have several possible goals in mind, you can write two or more different goal statements. This is not necessarily the best form for your resume, however.

4. Research the Field

After writing some possible goal statements, you should find out what work in your field of interest involves. Read occupational information or job descriptions and interview people in these fields.

Consider speaking with somebody in your field of interest to learn about a typical day on the job. You can also learn where and how people obtain positions, what skills and information are important  on a resume or curriculum vitae (CV), and how various work settings job search process, especially if your field of interests is difficult to enter.