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Throughout the job search process, continue to ask yourself what each employer is looking for. Your materials and interviews should showcase to employers how your skills and experience match their needs. Make it easy for them to visualize what your contributions will look like once hired.
The first step to a successful job search is knowing what you're looking for. Taking time to do research upfront will help save time later.
Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to identify search strategies that fit your interests.
Having effective job search documents is crucial to standing out and marketing yourself to employers. Essential documents include:
A cover letter provides context for the resume. It makes a claim about what experiences and skills qualify you for the job or opportunity. Each cover letter should be tailored to a specific application.
A resume is a conventional one-page document that presents evidence of the skills and knowledge you possess. While the formatting is important, the content has to align with the role or opportunity you are seeking.
This may be called a statement of purpose, personal statement, or letter of intent. Some statements require specific information while others leave the applicant free to address a wide range of topics.
A portfolio is a presentation of your best work and demonstration of your skills. Portfolios can be used when applying for internships and jobs, gaining freelance clients and applying to graduate school.
Begin seeking opportunities to have conversations with emerging and mid-career professionals, cultivating a community of mentors and peers. There are plenty of ways to start connecting, including:
It's important to dedicate enough time to your search. New positions are posted daily and competitive opportunities can be filled quickly. Stay up-to-date on your search and have your materials ready for when an opportunity comes up.
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