Job Search Strategies
The job search is a time and labor intensive undertaking. The information outlined below is designed to help you develop a plan that will approach the job search in a variety of ways, develop your network, and connect you with the a position that fits you personally and professionally. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss any aspect of the job search.
Employers and job seekers alike share that networking is the most powerful tool you can use to find a job.
As many as 75% of positions are part of the "hidden" job market, and they are never posted. They are filled by candidates known by the employer, through referrals, business associates, and social networks.
Growing and developing your network should be a primary focus of your job search. The networking section of the Liberal Arts in Practice site has additional information about the networking process.
If there are companies or organizations in which you have a particular interest, it is worth dedicating time to researching the organization. In addition to seeking out employment opportunities directly from the organization's website, you can
- Conduct research on the employer through informational interviewing, reading employer literature and websites, and/or researching the employer in the news.
- Call the organization or review their website to determine the name of the person to whom to send your resume and cover letter.
- Prepare a personalized cover letter and follow up with a phone call or email once the employer has received your materials.
Only 15-20% of job postings are listed on aggregate websites or company pages, but these are among the easiest positions to "find" and should not be discounted. However, you should not be dedicating a substantial amount of your search to these listings.
Additional website listings can be found under Resources by Major and Resources for Specific Groups.
Liberal Arts in Practice Toolbox
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