MANAGING THE JOB SEARCH PROCESS
The difference in landing or not landing an internship or job in your career field could come down to how effectively you manage the job or internship search process. There’s a saying that "the best jobs go to the best job seekers." The steps and resources provided below will help you to become a better job or internship seeker.
Step 1: Know Yourself and What You Want to Do
- Identify your personal interests, strengths, skills, values, and accomplishments—use assessment tools located at CFNC.org to help you identify each of these areas.
- Make a list of job titles, industries, and potential work environments that interest you.
- Determine the type of jobs and environments in which you wish to work.
Step 2: Know Where You Want to Work
- Identify the top 3 geographic areas where you’d like to live and work—flexibility is key.
- Research organizations or companies that might hire someone with your interests, skills, and background through HOOVERS, O*NET and Company Profiles
- Identify 10 top employers that you’d like to work for in the setting that you chose.
- Attend the ECU career fairs every fall and spring to meet and greet potential employers—for specific dates and other information about the fairs, please see our Career Fairs page.
Step 3: Get Ready For the Job Search
- Register with ECU CareerNET, ECU's exclusive job database.
- Draft a resume and cover letter and have it critiqued by a career coach at The Career Center. Our Writing Resumes and Cover Letters page can help you to get started with this.
- Create a spreadsheet or system for keeping track of your contacts, interviews, and other job search activities.
- Identify 3 individuals who will serve as references for you and contact them (hint: don’t use family).
- Prepare for interviews by scheduling a mock interview with The Career Center.
- Buy at least one attractive suit that is appropriate for interviewing in your field.
- Change the outgoing message on your answering machine/voicemail to something that sounds professional in case an employer calls.
- Include a neutral/professional e-mail address on your resume.
Step 4: Start Searching
- Upload your resume to ECU CareerNET.
- From your list of top employers, begin contacting hiring managers to schedule meetings.
- Develop lists of networking contacts and connect with each one to gather information and referrals.
- Check ECU CareerNET on a regular basis to search for updated job opportunities.
- Follow up every cover letter and resume sent with a phone call or e-mail requesting an interview.
- Send thank you letters within 24 hours to every person who offers assistance or interviews you.