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Job Search Techniques
Finding a job can take anywhere from weeks to months of your time and effort. There are many methods available to help this process along, however. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that people who use many job search methods find jobs faster than people who use only one or two.
Networking can be an important part of your job search strategy. However, networking is not just about finding a job. It is about resource identification; finding out about a chosen field, company, or job leads. Spread the word to family and friends that you are looking for a job. Make connections with faculty members and contact the UND Career Services office to learn more about Career Connect – our online job search program. Remember that everyone is a potential contact.
UND Career Services
A resource right at your fingertips – give us a call for an appointment to get assistance with a resume critique, help writing cover letters, and practice interviews. This service is available to all UND students – free of charge. (701) 777-3904
Contact employers directly. This may be one of the most effective methods of a job search. Develop a list of employers by using resources at the library, through an Internet search, and through recommendations from people you know (your network). Check company websites for job postings, and search for information on how to apply for a position or whom to contact. Make contact! Send a letter, email or make a call to introduce yourself and find out more about positions available.
Still a widely used source for job hunting, but classified ads don’t always yield a high return. Subscribing to a paper in a city or state where you hope to work can be a useful strategy if you plan to relocate. Answer ads promptly, because openings may be filled quickly. Read the ads every day, particularly the Sunday paper, which usually includes the most listings.
Career Fairs are offered both on- and off-campus. The Career Services office offers a fall and spring career fair, where employers come from the tri-state area and beyond right to campus. In addition, your local job service office offers city-wide career fairs usually twice a year. Stay informed – watch your college website, local advertisements, and call Career Services and the Job Service office directly to find out more.
Consider an internship, volunteer work, research, and even student employment in your field of interest. More and more employers are searching for people with direct experience or related experience in their field. Many hire the interns and volunteers who put in the time upfront, without having to go externally for hiring.
Do your research – find out what employers are hiring, learn about their companies, and make contacts within the company.
Register on Career Connect, on the Career Services website, and bridge the gap between UND students, graduates and employers. Career Connect is a database in which employers post job openings for UND students to directly apply. Employers may also search for students who match their criteria IF the student has allowed the employer access to their resume. Call (701) 777-3904 to find out more information under the “Student” section.
If you have interest in a company and you see a notice stating an Information Session has been scheduled – plan to attend. There is no better way to find out more about a potential employer and to make a contact within the company. Ask questions and follow-up with the recruiter with a note the following day. Many recruiters are looking for students in all majors, so if you think you are qualified, explore this opportunity in Career Services.
There are many job search websites available on the internet – the resources are endless. At the top of this page, you will find a list of suggested web sites. Please note: by providing links to other sites, we do not guarantee, approve or endorse the information or products available at these sites, nor does a link indicate any association with or endorsement by the linked site to our site and/or product(s).