Job Hunting Tips
Network! Think of the people you know—relatives, friends, professors, classmates, co-workers at summer
jobs, and others. Make more of an effort to meet with people, and use these conversations to ask their
advice, to make them aware of your job search, to learn more about their jobs or their organizations, and to
get the names of others who might be useful in your job search.
Target your resume. Make sure your resume is targeted to the employers who receive it. Make sure your
resume is easy to read and the most important details stand out. Make more than one resume if you are
applying to more than one industry.
Be prepared. You should have a copy of your resume with you at all times. It is also a good idea to have
fresh copies of your resume prepared in case you are called to an interview at the last minute.
Create a contact database. Write down all the employers you contact, the date you sent your resume, any
contact made, people you talk to, and notes about those contacts. Keep a notepad with you at all times—take
notes as soon as you hear about an opportunity or when you leave an interview. Get into the habit of
updating your database daily.
Make a “to do” list every day. This will help you organize your list of priorities and keep you focused on
finding that perfect job.
Try the buddy system. Link up with a friend who is also job hunting. Arrange to speak weekly and report
on accomplishments, best practices, and future plans.
Learn how to talk about yourself. Throughout your job search, you will speak with many people at
different levels. You must be comfortable having conversations about yourself with other people. Keep in
mind that you never know who may end up being useful to your job hunt.
Prepare an elevator speech. You never know who you’ll meet in an elevator, in line at the coffee shop, or
on the street. Know what your skills are and how to communicate them. You should be able to tell
prospective employers and others you meet what you can offer. You should also be able to talk