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Job Search Preparation

Job Search Checklist

Starting the job search can be overwhelming. Check out our job search checklist as the first step to finding a job and hopefully making the process more clear.

How to Find the Right Job

Finding the job you want takes many steps and involves just as many decisions. This information is designed to help you along the way and guide you to the appropriate sources. Be sure to discuss your progress with your career advisor.

Resume

The resume is the first introduction to the employer and therefore is your first impression! Find out tips on how to make a stellar resume including what to include and not include, different types of formatting, making descriptive bullets, how to condense your resume if you have a lot of experience, how to write a resume if you have little experience, and information about references.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) are often used when applying for scientific and academic positions. CVs tend to provide great detail about academic and research experiences with the intent to market one's skills, experiences, education and personal qualities. Find out more about how to write a CV effectively.

References

Typically when applying for a job you need to include references. Find out how many, who to ask, and how to format this section.

Cover Letter

A cover letter is a formal way to announce that you are applying to a position. It should be targeted to employers and specific jobs. Find out more about how to write an effective cover letter so that you are chosen to move on to the interview!

Interviewing

Interviewing can make people nervous and in order to interview well, there are some ways to prepare and practice beforehand.

Thank You Letter

Interviews should be followed with a thank you letter within 48 hours. Find out the purpose of the thank you letter and what to include.

Networking

The majority of jobs are not posted but instead found through networking. But how do you network? Learn the different ways to connect with people and network yourself into your next job!

Negotiations & Salaries

Negotiating salary and benefits is something many people are not aware is oftentimes part of the job search process. Gain tips about how to do it succesfully!

Resources to Help Your Job Search:

  • Career Guide - use our handy Career Guide for job search and career information. It will show you how to write resumes and cover letter and provides several samples:   
  • Beaver JobNet has more than job and internship listings; it has extensive tutorials and information on job searching, including resume writing and networking.

Question not answered?

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