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Plan

  • Meet with Career Services counselors to help you plan and execute an effective job search. They can also give you a reciprocal agreement with placement offices of other institutions in your target area.

Research

  • Use your professional association membership directories to identify people in your field. Contact them for ideas.
  • Research the city by finding out the industries and employers in your geographical region. Write the Chamber of Commerce for names of employers or use the Internet to connect to city information and determine employers and resources from there.
  • Compile lists of contacts. Business contacts, alumni, friends, relatives, and professional contacts are a good place to start. Contact the people on your lists and ask them about possible available jobs in their area of expertise and general location.
  • Use Business Journals for insight to new employment prospects. Although they don't contain job listings, they do give information about developments which may be useful when contacting an employer.
  • Publications such as city directories and telephone books give current information divided by industry. Annually produced books such as Peterson's Job Opportunities or Job Bank are helpful in identifying employers by geography and industry.

Contact

  • Job Service Offices coordinate through America's Job Bank on the Internet which will permit you to view vacancies in other cities. Other Internet targeted and general listing services often have search criteria based on geographic region.
  • Many major areas are putting information on the Internet about primary employers as well as vacanies. Classified advertisements from the area's newspapers may also be available on-line or in paper form through subscription or purchase.

Follow-up

  • Follow through on the information that your contacts give you. Start a letter writing campaign with the information they give you, because each letter and every new piece of information brings you one step closer to a job. Include in your letters the name of your original contact, your qualifications, and why you are interested in the specific organization.
  • If you don't find employment, you may wish to consider temporary agencies as these positions may turn into full-time employment and at the least, expose you to individuals working in your geographic preferences.