Conducting a successful job search is about finding a job in the area you are interested in, not necessarily being the first to find a job! The foundation for the job search is having a plan for conducting your search. Individuals often skip the planning phase and jump right into sending in resumes. By taking time to make a plan, you are able to work more efficiently.
The following information is intended to guide you through the career search process. Please be sure to seek out face-to-face assistance through the Student Services Office, too.
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NOTE: HireAggies.com is maintained by the Career Center at Texas A&M University. The Bush School Student Services Office is thankful for the support of the Career Center in providing additional career resources to our students.
Having a knowledge of the specific skills (also referred to as Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, or KSAs) you bring to the workplace will allow you to apply for positions you are truly qualified for. A Skills Portfolio is included below for you to use in determining your own skills. Information about KSAs required for jobs in specific areas is included in the Career Interest Groups section of the website.
NOTE: A list of action verbs is provided here for building your Skills Portfolio.
Now that you have prepared a Skills Portfolio, the Resume Guide below provides guidance for preparing your resume by describing your skills. Keep in mind that although a resume format is provided below, there are a number of resume formats to choose from. Be sure to have other individuals (classmates, friends, the Director of Student Services, etc.) check your resume for appropriate grammar, spelling, format, etc. before you send it to prospective employers.
Often the most daunting task of applying for a job is writing the cover letter and following appropriate email etiquette. Some tips to remember are these:
Remember that the responsibility to follow-up falls on your shoulders. While hiring someone is important to the organization, the hiring process can easily get bogged down, and it is up to you to jump start it again. E-mail is an excellent way to make contact with individuals in a quick and noninvasive manner, but a phone call may be the best way to make contact--each situation can be different. The Office of Student Services recommends following up one week after submitting your application materials and then again every 2-4 weeks (depending on the type of response you receive) until you know your status. Persistence can easily become annoying, though, so be careful not to cross the line to nagging the employer.
Having successfully navigated the application process, now your attention turns to preparing for and successfully completing the interview(s).
Individual mock interviews and additional interview information can be scheduled and obtained through the Student Services Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 979-862-8824.
When you receive a job offer, knowing your experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and the salary range for a similar position can go a long way in helping you secure an employment package that meets your needs and rewards your education and/or experience. The following links may be helpful in researching appropriate salary ranges and in successfully negotiating your salary and benefits package.
No one will hand you a network of contacts...you must develop your network and here are a few ways to do just that.