The Parkland College Career Center is hosting career-specific job fairs this spring. Make sure you’re ready for a job search by reviewing these 10 tips.
- Get organized. Prepare or update your resume and cover letter. Know what type of job you are looking for and what you have to offer. Make a plan and keep records of your activities.
- Polish your interview skills. You’re not ready to start your job search until you can answer questions about why you want the job and why you are qualified.
- Identify employers in your geographic location who employ people with your skills and/or education. Search online, contact your chamber of commerce, and read Help Wanted ads and job posting sites.
- Research. Use the Internet to visit the websites of employers in your industry. View the employment pages for job openings.
- Identify 3–4 of your professional strengths and develop a “30-second commercial” about yourself. Focus on your skills, experience, and education that qualify you for the job.
- Find three people who can give you a positive recommendation. “Professional” references should be work- or education-related.
- Network. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job. Over 75 percent of job openings are not advertised!
- Schedule informational interviews to gather information about a company, current or future job openings, and the education or skills required. Remember, you are not asking for a job; you are seeking advice.
- Consider enhancing your work experience through an internship or part-time job.
- Show your gratitude. Send an email message or thank-you note to those who provided valuable advice and support.
****Our targeted Career Fairs will be held on the following Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union atrium:
- February 10 – Agriculture/Engineering Science and Technologies
- March 2 – Health Professions
- April 11 – Computer Science and Information Technology/
[Carrie Harris is a career counselor in Parkland’s Career Center.]