Job Search Tips

Do a self-inventory

  • Before you can start thinking of where you want to work you need to answer some questions about yourself:

                What are your strengths and weaknesses?

                What subjects do you like?

                What kind of organization would you like to                 work for?

                What are your geographical preferences?

Learn about your future employers

  • Don't base your job search exclusively on the information in an ad.  Learn about the organization through other means as well.

                Attend job fairs.

                Find out about trends in your field.

                Research companies that interest you.

Prepare your materials

  • You know you will write application letters and bring your ReadyRez resume to go to interviews.  Start planning early by obtaining materials from the career-placement office.  Talk with friends who have gone through the process successfully; study their application materials.  Read some of the books on different aspects of the job search.

  • One more very important part of preparing your materials: make a portfolio, a collection of your best work.  You'll want to give a prospective employer a copy of the portfolio to demonstrate the kind of work you can do.

Applying For International Positions

When you apply for a position in another country, keep in mind that the conventions of the process vary - sometimes quite dramatically.  You will need to adapt your resume to the expectations of the country in which you would like to work.  Consult one of the following sources for advice on drafting resumes for international positions.

-Technical Communication by Mike Markel



7 Ways To Look For A Position

  • Through a college or university placement office.  Placement offices bring companies and job seekers together.  Generally, students submit a resume, with a brief list of credentials, to the placement office.  The resumes are then made available to representatives of business, government, and industry, who will then arrange interviews.  The interviews then lead to more interviews and a tour at the organization.  The advantages of this system is that it is free and very easy.

  • Through a proffesional placement bureau.  A professional placement bureau offers essentially the same service as a placement office but charges a fee for the services.  Sometimes the fee is payed by the employer, and sometimes by the new employee.  Placement bureaus cater mostly to more advanced professionals who are changing jobs.

  • Through a published job advertisement.  Organizations publish ads in three kinds of print publications: public-relations catalogs, technical journals, and newspapers.  Check the major technical journals in your field and the large metropolitan newspapers.  In responding to an ad, you most likely will include with your resume, a job application letter that highlights the crucial information on the resume.

  • Through an organizations website.  Many organizations list their job offerings on their website and explain how to apply.  ReadyRez offers "The Breakroom" where we sometimes post great job listings that we find.

  • Through a job board on the internet.  Job boards are websites sponsored by federal agencies, internet service providers, and private organizations to help introduce employers to prospective employees.  Be sure to check out the following:

    • Americas Job Bank (US Department of Labor)



    • (100k and above jobs)


  • Through an unsolicited letter to an organization.  Instead of waiting for an ad or a notice on a website, consider sending unsolicited applications to organizations you would like to work for.  There might not be an opening, but many people favor this technique, because there are fewer competitors for those jobs that do exist.  All organizations do not advertise every position available.  And sometimes, an impressive unsolicited application can prompt a company to create a position.

  • Through connections.  A relative or an acquaintance who can exert influence, or at least point out a new position, can help you get a job.  Other good contacts include past employers and professors.  Also consider becoming active in the student chapter of your field's professional organization, through which you can meet professionals in your area.

            -Technical Communication by Mike Markel


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