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Find a Full Time Job

1. What are the first steps in finding a full time job?
2. How should I search for opportunities?
3. How can I stay organized while I search and apply for jobs?
4. How do I write my resume and cover letter?
5. What should I do to prepare for interviews?
6. How should I make my decision?

1. What are the first steps in finding a full time job?

Starting a job search can be overwhelming, especially if you aren't sure what kinds of jobs you're interested in. Make a list of your career interests and skills as well as any geographic areas that interest you. The key to starting your job search is limit your search by eliminating jobs, tasks and locations that don't interest you while still making a broad job search possible. If you're having trouble starting your search or getting organized, check out our Job Search Strategies Worksheet.

Not sure what careers and skills interest you? Take a self-assessment.

Not sure where to start? Schedule a career counseling appointment. Contact: career@du.edu or 303-871-2150.

2. How should I search for opportunities?

Now that you know what kinds of jobs you're looking for, make sure to use every resource available to you to find possible opportunities.

  • Your professional network – start connecting to people in your areas of interest and ask for an  informational interview or inquire about openings.
  • University of Denver Alumni – use  LinkedIn  to find DU alumni and contact them to do an informational interview.
  • Job Search Websites – search a variety of websites using our list of job search resources.
  • Location Specific Resources – use these resources if you know where you'd like to move after graduation.

3. How can I stay organized while I search and apply for jobs?

Finding a well-targeted job can be labor intensive. You will need to keep applying and interviewing until you secure an opportunity, which can often mean more than 20 applications.

4. How do I write my resume and cover letter?

A targeted resume and cover letter is key to presenting yourself professionally and landing an interview. Here are complete guides to writing both your resume and cover letter. Drop in for Career Services' daily Resume and Cover Letter Reviews so we can help you perfect these important documents.

5. What should I do to prepare for interviews?

When it comes to interviews remember to prepare and practice.

Prepare by researching the company and the position and think about the interview from the employer's perspective. What are they looking for in a candidate and what kinds of questions will they ask to determine if you're a good fit? Practice by scheduling a mock interview with a career counselor or practice on your own with Interview Stream. Remember that the more you prepare and practice, the more confident and successful you will be.

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6. How should I make my decision?

When it comes to making the final decision about which job offer to accept, look back at the list you made for Question #1. Does this offer meet many of the things you mentioned as interests? Are there adequate professional development and growth opportunities for you with this organization? Make an appointment with a career counselor to help you evaluate your opportunities.

As you evaluate your offer consider whether or not you should negotiate your salary. To evaluate the salary you've been offered begin by using the NACE salary calculator to determine what a reasonable salary for your position, location and experience would be. Next prepare a budget to determine your financial needs for that upcoming year. If the salary you were initially offered is far from the salary suggested for your position by NACE or there is a large discrepancy between your budget and your salary consider contacting your employer. For more information, click here to view our  complete guide to salary negotiation .

 

**Source: Wake Forest Career Services, 2013