Starting A Job Search

Published: Friday, November 18, 2011 by Jill Klees

Q: I recently graduated from SLIS but I haven’t been actively searching for a job until now. I have looked at the Career Development site and there are some great resources there, almost too many to absorb. Do you have maybe a quick 3-4 step plan to get the ball rolling as far as job searches go? I know this is a very broad subject but any advice you can give me to get me started in a smart way would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A: I can appreciate your question. Conducting a job search can be a daunting task. Here are 3 steps to get you started.

1. Having a clear focus for your job search is important so that you don’t feel like you are all over the place. I recommend having a Plan A, Plan B, and a Plan C. Plan A is your first choice and your main focus. Plan B is the back-up plan. What else might you be interested in doing or where else do you see your skill set fitting? Plan C is the back-up to your back-up. If all else fails, what can you do to keep yourself working and gaining skills? For some people coordinating with a Temporary or Placement agency can be a good viable option.

2. Working on your resume and ensuring that it is up to date and ready to go when a solid job opportunity comes up is important. I am guessing that it has been awhile since your resume was updated so that will be an important part of your action plan. Use the Resume resources on slisweb, look at examples, and get feedback from others.

3. I highly encourage you to be networking with people in your field of interest and conducting informational interviews to gain information and further your networking contacts. This is the #1 job search strategy for finding opportunities. Refer to the Networking section on slisweb for more information.

These 3 steps are a good place to get you started.

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