Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to Add & Not Subtract from Your Job Search Equation

Major + Internship = Job
Math might not be everyone’s strong suit but the above equation seems simple enough.  It is expected though, like in any advanced math class, the teacher will say “Show your work”. 
The same concept applies to finding and obtaining a job. It is imperative as an active job-seeker to show the work that got you to the place you are at today. But as busy students, we often ask ourselves what work needs to be done to get that job?

      Step One: Update your resume

Step Two: Write a cover letter

Step Three: Pursue an informational interview

Step Four: Figure out your “Elevator Pitch”

Step Five: Participate in a mock interview

It may not be the mathematical order of operations we are all used to using, i.e. PEMDAS, but it is a proven method to help students advance in their career aspirations. The Career Center is much like a tutor or professor who is present to help you out with these things.

If you are not sure what your story is, we will help you figure it out.  If you are not sure what jobs you can get with your major, we will help you figure that out as well.  Just remember, we will not give you the answers.  We are here to equip you with the tools needed to obtain the job. Keep in mind it may not be the dream job, it may be the prerequisite. However, much like any math problem, it is important to take those preliminary steps to get to the right answer!

Have a great semester,

Lorraine Massiah
Assistant Director of Career Services

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