Students – taking steps towards a successful job search.

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Although this article was written with students in mind, Looking for a job is a full time job in itself for all job seekers, so it’s key to go in with a positive attitude. The important thing is never become discouraged, impatient or frustrated. It’s worth taking the time and effort to search for the job you want, not the job you settle for.

For students looking for jobs before graduation, start looking as soon as possible. Get to know the job market by checking the newspaper and online job postings daily, casually mention in conversation with friends and family that you will be looking for work and to keep you in mind. There is nothing like a head start to get you going. The more people that know you are, or will be, looking for work the more opportunities you will have.

The next step is to get organized. Applying for a job at many different places can get confusing and individuals have missed potential job opportunities because they couldn’t remember which prospective employer told them to check back with them. Use a notepad or a spreadsheet in which you can list the date, company name, address, telephone number and the contact person responsible for hiring or you may have spoken to. If you are unsure about this information before going to a company make sure you write it down as soon as you leave a job interview (ask for a business card). Also, after the job interview include relevant information in your notepad or spreadsheet such as: Call back next Tuesday, Come back in 1 week, Spoke to Jane Doe, they will call back at end of week etc.

This information will assist you when you write your follow-up or thank you letter after the job interview. Remember, a company is always impressed and keeps you in mind when you write back thanking them for their time. By seeing your name again, reminds the employer that you are still interested in the job.

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