Job Search Strategies

 
  • Automatic Emails announcing job openings. Sign up for the Social Sciences category (I'd recommend "all social sciences" to broaden your search).
  • Career fairs and other special events. Several career fairs and other events are offered throughout the year to help students and alumni research employers and job opportunities.
  • How To Find a Job! The Career Services Center offers a full range of services to assist students and alumni in developing the skills necessary to conduct a successful job search.
  • How-To Guide. Tips from the Wall Street Journal's reporters and columnists.
  • Job Application CenterA free resource for helping students and graduates find information and advice on how to apply to every major national company in America.
  • Job Search Workshops. The Career Services Center offers several workshops to help students with every topic you can think of.
  • On-campus recruiting. Business, industry and government organizations recruit during fall, winter, and spring quarters. School districts recruit primarily during winter and spring quarters.
  • Optimal Resume. Create a high impact resume and career materials.
  • Resume. The "Green Guide" will show you how to build a strong resume. See also Resume Checklist.
  • VikingCareerLink. Western's student/employer database system.

Other Job Search Strategies

  • Get work experience: volunteer or internship positions (these sometimes lead to paid positions)
  • Know what employers want
  • Network with people; about job possibilities; leave resumes'
  • Follow-up regularly; keep people informed about your interests and availability
  • Use job search web sites; know what's available
  • Contact agencies, companies or organizations you would like to work for and see if they're hiring; ask for referrals to similar companies or agencies
  • Check with the state employment opportunity office
  • Check local newspaper classified ads, especially on Sunday
  • Try employment/temporary placement agencies
  • Be willing to start with entry-level positions, temporary or part-time
  • Go where the jobs are
  • Be persistent! Hang in there