Launch Your Future: Job search & Interview Strategies
From organizing your search and finding opportunities, to planning for the interview and following up afterwards. Successful searches are strategized!
Video Resource:Job Search Strategies- A successful professional job search strategy is critical to focus on the positions and organizations of interest. A "quality over quantity approach" assists graduates in feeling motivated in their job search and confident about accepting an offer. Learn best practice approaches to your job search strategy!
Career Closet- Need professional attire? This DU Student Life resource is open to all GSSW students & is located in the Burwell Center for Career Achievement. Appointments can be made through PCO.
Job Search Log- Initally it's easy to remember where you've applied and what stage you are at with each interview. Once your job search is in full swing, however, it can get confusing! Use this job search log to stay organized.
Cost of Living Calculator- Considering a move during your job search? The MoneyGeek's Cost of Living Calculator allows you to compare cost of living expenses so that you can confidently decide on a location & target salary for your search.
When it comes to a successful interview, practice makes perfect! Don't wait until you've been invited to meet with the employer of your dreams. There is a skill to successfully navigating the interview process. Some of you may be interviewing for your field placement and some are jumping into your job search - but all of you need to make sure you've polished up your interview skills.
Video Resource:Polishing Your Interview - Learn strategies for an effective interview that will impress prospective employers. Gain knowledge of different types of interview questions and best practices for answering them.
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Whether you are planning for your first interview or if you've interviewed numerous times in the past, making sure you prepare, practice and polish you interview is key for success! There are a number of ways to set up a mock interview:
-Set up an appointment through PCO with your Career Development Advisor
-Utilize the virtual tool, Big Interview. This tool allows you to learn and practice your interview skills virtually 24/7!
Networking gets a bad reputation for being intimidating, awkward, or even worse...fake. In reality you are networking every single day and most professionals are flattered if you ask them for advice!An Informational Interview is a form of networking.A 30 minute phone call, coffee chat, or Skype meeting meant for you to ask questions and obtain a realistic overview of the position or field of interest.
Applying to positions online should be an element of your job search. Below are a list of job boards that have been helpful to graduates in the past in finding employment; however, when possible graduates are encouraged to apply directly to positions within company career pages when possible. Therefore, determining your top list of employers is recommended.
As you determine your job search strategy, some of you may considertemporary or contract projects(within the social work field or by utilizing transferrable skills) for additional income. Here are a few helpful platforms for finding this type of work.