Finding a job after college is a lot of hard work! Many are surprised at the amount of time and energy it takes to complete a successful job search. It can also be especially difficult if you aren’t sure what type of job you want, either. You don’t have to let your major dictate the type of job you look for and/or accept.
Here are the basic steps to a successful job search:
A beginning step in this process is self-assessment. Understand your skills, your temperament, your values, and your interests. Contact the Career Services office to find out various assessments that are available.
• Find Career/Job Information
Read job descriptions; evaluate career paths; gather information on training programs, relocation, etc.; incorporate current events, projections; what intangible personal qualities are sought; research pay, benefits, work environments, etc.
• Develop Job Search Skills
Set job goals; attend Career Services workshops ; write résumés and cover letters; create a job search plan; network; research companies; do informational interviews; identify contacts and resources; open a placement file with Career Services; order student OBU business cards.
• Begin Your Job Search
Use a variety of resources; adapt your plan as you go; follow through on leads; be persistent and patient (finding a job doesn’t happen overnight!); send thank you notes.
What is Networking?
Networking is the art of building alliances. It's not contacting everyone you know when you are looking for a new job and asking if they know of any job openings. Networking starts long before a job search, and you probably don't even realize you are doing it.
Kelly Pate of the Denver Post wrote in her article, Everyday People Key in Job Networking (March 30, 2003), that "Friends, friends of friends, a barber, a neighbor and former co-workers are often the best resources for job seekers, especially in a market with far more people out of work than job openings, job placement experts say."
You are networking when you
In Terms of a Job Search, Networking is the way to Go!
Networking is consistently cited as the Number 1 way to get a new job. You know how everyone says that "80% of the jobs available never get advertised?” This is how you find them and get them!
According to CareerXRoad's 2007 Annual Sources of Hire Survey, 34% of new hires brought in from outside an organization were due to employee referrals. The folks who do the hiring would much rather talk to someone who's been recommended by someone they already employ. It's easier for them because they have your first reference and it saves them considerable effort in advertising the position and sorting through all the résumés and phone calls. (Taken from RileyGuide.com)
If you are unsure about the career field/job you are interested in pursuing, meeting with a Bison Network mentor is a great way to see things up-close-and-personal. Many times people “glamorize” a job in their mind and when they get into the day-to-day nitty gritty, it’s nothing like they thought it would be! On-the-job shadowing or doing an informational interview with a Bison Network mentor can help by giving you a “reality check”. Mentors can also be available for résumé pointers and phone calls if you just have a few questions. For more information on meeting with a mentor, contact Career Services.
(The following is from Your Job Skills Portfolio: Giving You an Edge in the Marketplace by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D)
What is a job skills, job-search, or career portfolio? It is a job-hunting tool that you develop that gives employers a complete picture of who you are -– your experience, your education, your accomplishments, your skill sets -– and what you have the potential to become -– much more than just a cover letter and Résumé can provide. You can use your career portfolio in job interviews to showcase a point, to illustrate the depth of your skills and experience, or to use as a tool to get a second interview. To read more of this article, click here.
Online career portfolio OptimalEfolio™ helps students and alumni stand out in a competitive marketplace with an attractive online portfolio that demonstrates their unique skills and competencies to employers.Students and alumni can create and manage all essential employment documents in a single online, offering powerful convenience for busy students and working adults who have less time to dedicate employment preparation than ever before. This service is FREE to all OBU students and alumni.
Many students are unaware of the potential job goldmine that is available at career fairs. At a career fair you are given the opportunity to meet with a recruiter face-to-face, which makes your Résumé much more than a piece of paper. When making a favorable impression, your chances for an interview increased. It is also a great way to find out more about potential employers. There are many great companies out there you may have never even heard or for whom you never thought about working!
There are several things you need to keep in mind before attending a job fair:
For more details on how to have career fair success, attend one of the workshops offered in the fall and spring semesters. If you cannot make one of the workshops, make an appointment with the Career Counselor or call 585-5260.
Social Networking Sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are a huge part of the college student’s day-to-day life. Pictures of adventures and parties with friends are documented. These pictures find their way on not only your Facebook page, but with on the pages of other friends, as too. This may all seem like harmless fun…and in many cases that is true. But more and more employers are checking sites such as these to find out more about potential hires. To an employer, your Facebook profile tells them who you really are. So, be care of which groups you join, what pictures are posted (not just yours, but the ones your friends post, as well), and the comments you leave. It could mean the difference on whether or not you get the job…or keeping the one you already have.
After College Network (for business majors)
Oklahoma Web Sites
National Web Sites
Government Web Sites
International Web Sites
Ministry Web Sites
Tips in Applying for Government Jobs
If you are thinking of moving of somewhere other than your parent’s house, you may find yourself conducting a long-distance job search. To save time and money, try to do as much work as possible before heading off in your car to your destination of choice.
There are a few things you can do ahead of time: