· Do you think you can work well with this person?
The Career Centre suggests you also evaluate the following:
· How does the position fit into your long- and short-term career goals?
· Do the daily work activities appeal to you?
· Are your salary and benefit requirements satisfied?
· Is there opportunity for advancement?
· Will you be developing new skills and expanding your experience?
· Are the demands of the job compatible with your lifestyle?
· Can you manage the stress associated with changing jobs/relocating?
· Are the values of the organization compatible with your own?
· Is this employment opportunity a mutually beneficial relationship?
What Job Search Techniques Work?
Your plan of action will include a variety of job search techniques. You should find those you believe will best help you get the job you want.
1) Networking – Let people know you are looking! Talk to family, faculty, and friends. Remember - everyone is a potential contact.
2) Cold Calls – This is the old ‘knocking on doors’ technique where you call companies or go in person to personnel offices to inquire about possible openings. Using this technique, however, requires careful preparation as you will leave an impression with every person you meet in the process. You need to be prepared to interview on the spot.
3) Field Specific Listings – These are job announcements found in professional jour-nals and newsletters. They are more career specific than those found in daily news-papers. An increasing number of field specific listings can be found in the Internet.
4) Mass Mailing – Sending out a large number of Cover Letter s and Résumé s is a common but passive strategy. It is important that you know the odds – for every 80 letters you mail out you can expect 2 – 4 positive replies. You need to consider how much time and money you want to spend for this kind of return.
5) Want Ads – This is probably still the most widely used job search technique. Like mass mailing, want ads don’t always yield a high positive return although some fields use them more regularly than others. A better use of newspapers is often for the information you can gain about an area through its news. Subscribing to a paper in a city or state where you hope to work in can be a useful strategy if you plan to relocate.
6) Career Fairs – Come and meet employers to network and position yourself for a later application.
7) Experiential Learning – These include opportunities such as internships, volunteer work and even student employment in your field of interest. More and more employers are looking for people who already have experience or related experience in their field and some have begun to hire only from their intern pool.
8) Luck and Chance – Don't underestimate the power of fortuitous circumstances! Lucky people, however, are frequently those who know how to maximize their good fortune by actively researching their field of interest to learn ways they might position themselves to be in the right place at the right time.
Should You Keep A Record of Your Search?
Absolutely! Develop a file system, keep a notebook! Keep track of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your prospects. Record the dates of every contact you make. This will help you stay organized and create a history your search that may later prove helpful.
Your ultimate goal is your new job. Following are the basic steps in the job search process: