Prepare for your current and future success by developing effective application and workplace skills and attitudes. This handbook provides information, resources, and current templates to utilize in all phases of your professional development.
As you prepare for your job search, the following blueprint can help guide in this process.
- Plan Your Search
• Create a timeline and target your job priorities, expectations, and dates.
• Create a focus as to the types of preferred organizations/industries, types of positions, and geographic preferences.
- Develop a List that Interests You
• Contact faculty, Career Education Center (CEC) staff, family and friends, professional associations, LinkedIn, and networked contacts for recommendations.
- Research, Research, Research
• Check out the paper resources in the Career Lending Library.
• Check out the career and job search resources in the Dexter Library.
• Go to the organization’s website for more information.
• Contact your professional networks for information and recommendations for your selected organizations/positions.
- Attend Job & Internship Fair
• Check out the online Job Fair Directory, which provides a comprehensive listing of all job fairs and open houses by state.
- Information Interviews
• Information interviewing means meeting with people to ask for information, not a job. Learn about the benefits and steps for success.
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- Apply & Interview
According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of network is “a usually informally interconnected group or association of persons”. Simply stated, networking is about building relationships and learning information about and from other people.
You are building personal or professional relationships in formal and informal situations. The old adage, “it isn’t always what you know but who you know” is a good reference point when considering networking.
Why network? To begin, over seventy-five percent of the jobs currently available are unadvertised. The most productive way for you to be competitive in the hidden job market is to develop a strong network to help you identify the opportunities. Your network can become your most useful resource for job and internship leads, which has become especially true in a highly competitive market in a tough economy.
Finally, networking is a great way to learn more about your area of career interest. You can network with professionals that are doing the work you’re interested in which can help to clarify and expand your career possibilities.
Keep in mind that your network is only limited by the company you keep. Begin building your network now and continue to increase the connections with people you know formally and informally.
Here are some suggestions to get started:
- Consider the following to be included in your network: friends, family, professors, coaches, advisors, mentors, colleagues, supervisors, and contacts from professional organizations, just to name a few.
- Develop your profile and connect with friends and associates on LinkedIn, a networking tool to help connect you with an exchange of information, ideas, and opportunities. Once you develop your profile, learn how Northland College alumni are using their degrees by joining the Northland College Student and Alumni Network.
- Learn the technique of information interviewing. This process involves talking with people who are currently working in the field to gain a better understanding of an occupation or organization and to build a network of contacts in that field.
- Contact your faculty for recommendations of professional associations associated with your major or area of career interest; also, you can conduct your own search. College students can join many professional associations at reduced rates.