Steps to Follow

  1. Create a list of interests and experiences Start thinking about a career that you would like to pursue. Make a list of your college experiences. This may include classroom projects, employment, campus activities, volunteering, and internships.
  2. Your business card is your professional face, so it is important that you have cards that reinforce your business objectives and image. You can have cards done at a professional printer, but there are several on-line user-friendly guides available for making your own card, such as Microsoft Business Card Basics.
  3. Browse job openings Look for jobs that interest you. Be mindful of the qualifications and skills that are needed to land that particular job. Also, note the application process for each company or organization for which you are looking to submit materials.
  4. Create your résumé and cover letter Your résumé and cover letter should be tailored to each individual job in which you apply. The interest and experience list from Step 1 will be extremely helpful. Here are examples and tips on how to create a cover letter and résumé. Make sure you have someone read over these documents before they get sent to employers. The Career Development Center provides workshops and one-on-one counseling in this area. Please call to schedule an appointment.
  5. Practice good interviewing skills and etiquette Make sure to study your own strengths, skills, and accomplishments. Have a friend or family member ask you questions that might be administered in an interview. Practice helps gain confidence before that important interview. The Career Development Center offers a service called the Mock Interview Program. Students participate in a job interview simulation, receive feedback from staff, and get to watch the interview.
  6. Apply to jobs and document your progress Create a spreadsheet that keeps track of your search. Things to document are: application deadlines, dates that you send out application materials, phone calls with the employer, interview dates, feedback, etc.
  7. Send thank you letters and follow-up with the employer Thank you letters should be sent to the employer within twenty-four hours of the interview. This shows your interest and good professional etiquette. Sending a letter of appreciation can set you apart from other candidates.

If you haven't heard from the employer after your interview, do not be afraid to call. Follow up with the person who conducted the interview to check on your status. Make sure to keep track of thank you letters and follow-up calls on your spreadsheet (Step 5).