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Whether you are starting your career or looking to change jobs, working with a career specialist can help you to achieve your goals.

Starting Your Career

To get hired in your industry, you'll need to be prepared to be successful in your work and find a job that fits. To learn more about preparing for your career, review the career development model. Be realistic about what you are qualified to do, and talk with a career counselor, your advisor, or alumni in the field to learn about jobs you can do.

Changing Jobs

Whether your company doesn't have options for advancement or you just need a new opportunity, networking is the way to find job openings. LinkedIn, alumni events, and informational interviews can help you to build new professional relationships.

Changing Careers

There are many factors to consider when you are thinking about a career change: your skills and qualifications, job requirements, graduate school, calling and vocation. Career specialists can meet with you throughout your career to help you to explore your options.

Search for a Position

As you search for a job, keep in mind that many jobs are not posted. Ask your connections for leads and build new professional relationships through networking that will lead to a position.

  1. Set employment goals
  2. Learn and use effective search techniques, including:
    • Ask your network for job leads
    • Attend networking events or arrange informational interviews
    • Search for postings on company websites and social media pages
    • Work with a career counselor
    • Join a job search group
    • Work with staffing agencies
    • Read the book What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles and use the techniques listed in the book
  3. Prepare your application paperwork: Resume, Cover Letter, References
  4. Update and organize your contact list
  5. Research organizations
  6. Practice your elevator speech and interviewing skills
  7. Follow up with your leads

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