Treat your job search as if it were another class in your academic schedule. Set aside hours each week to manage the process and begin the search early in your senior year. You must take advantage of all available resources to maximize your search for a job. Meet with a Career Development adviser to review and refine your strategy.
How Do You Look on Paper? (Devote 10 percent of your time to this step)
A résumé and cover letter are often your initial contact with a prospective employer, creating that all-important first impression. They must be perfect in appearance and execution.
Where Can I Look Online? (10 percent of your time)
Online job posting databases and websites enable you to research and apply to position postings. Direct employer contact is an important part of every job search; do not rely solely on online job postings.
Who Would You Like to Know? (70 percent of your time)
Networking, the establishment and maintenance of relationships that can help move your career and job search forward is essential in any job search. It is the incorporation of people—parents, relatives, friends, Davidson alumni, former supervisors and colleagues, professors, and others–in your search.
How Do You Present Yourself in Person? (10 percent of your time)
Too many possible job offers have been lost because the job hunter failed to prepare or practice for the interview. Being effective during the interview is crucial.