|(Students, faculty and staff)
Know Yourself |
Develop a Timeline |
Prepare your Job Search Materials |
Conduct a Comprehensive Job Search |
Attend Career Fairs
1. Know Yourself
Interests: What stimulates you? (Engages your mind, makes you look forward to going to work. Consider taking the
Strong Interest Inventory for further assistance.)
Values: What is important to you? (Causes, issues or qualities that engage your spirit and heart)
Skills: What are you good at? (Talents and abilities)
Personality: What type of person are you? (Consider taking the
MBTI for more assistance in determining personality type)
Preferences: What can't you live without in a position? (Location, driving distance, culture, travel, advancement, etc.)
2. Develop a Timeline
- View the job search as a job itself. Keep in mind that minimal effort will most likely achieve minimal results.
- Create a list of tasks and set target dates for each. You are the best expert on your energy and work ethic, therefore be sure to keep your plan realistic.
- Set reasonable expectations in order to accomplish your goals.
- Commit your plan to paper, as you may be more likely to tackle the job search if your plan is clearly organized and written down.
- Enlist the help of a "coach": an individual who knows you well, can provide objective feedback and will help you stay committed to your plan.
3. Prepare your Job Search Materials
Resume/Cover Letter: Create or update your resume and cover letter. Be sure to remove old information and update with more recent accomplishments. Contact
Career Services to have the resume and cover letter critiqued.
Interviewing: Preparing for interviews can give you the confidence you need to highlight your skills and accomplishments during the interviewing process. See the Interviewing Guide for helpful advice and frequently asked questions. Contact
Career Services to schedule a mock interview.
60 Second Commercial: Develop this
career-related advertisement of yourself to introduce yourself at networking events or to answer the "Tell me about yourself" question.
4. Conduct a Comprehensive Job Search
Respond to Advertised Openings
- Register for
Career Connections, the St. Norbert College online job posting system. All employers seeking to connect with St. Norbert College students and alumni are directed to utilize this online system.
Click here for Career Connections login and job search instructions.
- Monitor select web sites weekly. Check out the
job search links on the Career Services web site.
- Monitor professional association web sites. Go to your favorite search engine, type <your field> associations and see what results you get. Example: Marketing Associations.
- Monitor Sunday newspapers.
Develop a Targeted List of Employers
- Research the companies on your list. A helpful web sites for research: company web site or
- Bookmark and regularly check the web sites of your targeted list of employers.
- 7 our of 10 job hunters find jobs through networking. Networking is a process by which you obtain information about the job market from professionals in the field and increase your number of contacts. Networking will help you discover leads to unadvertised jobs in the "hidden job market".
Learn more about networking.
5. Attend Career Fairs
Career Fairs are an opportunity to meet with recruiters face-to-face to share your skills and to sell your experience. Be sure to check out the Career and Internship Fair Prep Guide to help you prepare for attending these events. Check out the links below for regional career fair information. To find a career fair in your geographical region, go to your favorite search engine, type <your location> career fairs or <your location> job fairs.
Virtual Career Fairs
NACE International Student Virtual Career Fair
National Career Fairs (Job Fair Listings by State)
Phone: (920) 403-3040
Fax: (920) 403-4052
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