The Career Center has important tools that you can utilize to get started on a job search that is geared towards your values, goals, and education. What do you see yourself doing? How much do you know about yourself? Beginning to explore who you are, can be the first step in finding the job you want.
Four Steps to a Successful Job Search
Step 1. Identify who you are as a job seeker.
Knowing your skills and values can definitely help you discover the type of career or job your searching for. This step is important because it is a journey of self exploration. You can begin by reflecting back on your previous work, internship, or volunteer experiences to identify what stood out.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What are your unique skills, talents, values, and interests?
- What are your strengths? Have you taken the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment by Gallup?
- What can you see yourself enjoy doing in a work environment?
- What kind of experience would you like to gain?
- Where are you interested in living? Are you willing to move out of state?
Step 2. Do your research.
Researching a job, industry, or company can be conducted online and in person. Reaching out to employers is important because it is an opportunity to ask all the questions you may have about the position, industry, or company. Remember, they are not just interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them. During your research, you want to know the most you can about the company’s culture, values, team members, and if there is room for growth.
|Visit the company website||Conduct an Informational Interview|
|Communicate via Email with company representative||Go to Job Fairs and Events|
|Communicate via Phone with company representative||Ask about volunteer opportunities|
|Search for company videos on YouTube or website||Ask about internship opportunities|
|Follow the company on Social Media||Speak to current employers at events|
|Google the company||Speak to colleagues and friends
who work in the same industry
Step 3. Find out the requirements for the job you are applying to.
Every job has different requirements and qualifications. Being prepared and knowing what is required reduces the chance of making a mistake on your application. After learning about the requirements and qualifications, you should tailor your resume to that specific job. A Career Counselor can be an effective resource to guide you during this process. Also, including a cover letter to explain why you're the best candidate for the position may help you stand out from other applicants. Remember, there are many applicants applying for the position and your resume is the first impression you're giving them. Polish your resume because it can be that foot into landing an interview.
Tips for this step:
- Have a Career Counselor or Peer Career Educator take a look at your resume, cover letter, or curriculum vitae during an appointment or in a drop-in advising session.
- Identify the duties and tasks of the position you are applying to
- Identify the qualifications
Step 4. Apply to the position.
Links to get started on your Job and Internship Search
Additional Local, Regional & National Job Search Sites
Industry Specific Search Sites Based On College
Jack H. Brown College of Business of Public Administration
College of Natural Sciences
College of Arts & Letters
Resources for Special Populations
Volunteer experience is a great way to give your time in exchange for hands-on experience, knowledge, and meeting new people. It shows potential employers that you can take initiative and that you’re willing to give your own time to improve the world for other people. If you’ve just graduated or looking for your first job, volunteering is an important and relatively easy way to get a foot in the door of a company you’d like to work with. Even if there’s no immediate chance of employment afterwards, volunteering can help you make connections for the future. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important common skills used in the workplace, such as communication, problem solving, planning, and organization. If you're considering volunteering, ask yourself a few questions before taking the plunge.
- Really think about which causes you’re passionate about - it means you’re more likely to enjoy and stay committed to the work.
- Are you looking for regular volunteering opportunities or would you prefer a one-off project?
- What skill set can you offer and what you hope to gain from volunteering?
- Office of Student Engagement
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
- Children’s Foundation of America
- Habitat for Humanity, San Bernardino Area
- THINK Together
- American Lung Association
- CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates
- Family Service Association of Redlands
- The Salvation Army
- Dignity Health Community Hospital of San Bernardino
Internship experience is a great opportunity to make yourself more competitive in the job market. You can gain exposure and experience in your field of study to see if the particular career field is the right one for you. An internship can help you gain skills that can be applied to future jobs. An Internship may be paid or unpaid, and it tends to last about the length of a school semester or a summer break. Get started by clicking on the Prepare button below!