Opportunities are Everywhere!
The most successful job seekers take a varied and proactive approach to their search. This goes way beyond filling out a bunch online applications and waiting for a phone call from a recruiter. A proactive job search could include:
- Identifying target companies and their competitors that interest you.
- Identifying alumni who work at the target companies that interest you.
- Identifying and attending networking events regularly.
- Creating profiles and email alerts from various job search sites.
- Volunteering at and attending conferences offered by professional associations (IISE, ASCE, etc.).
- Building leadership skills by gaining experience in student organizations (engineering, or non-engineering).
- Creating a LinkedIn profile, UICcareers profile and resume as early as Freshmen year.
- Attending a career fair with a job secured for the purpose of networking and exploring options for your next job search.
Finally, it is important to follow up with employers after applying to make sure they reviewed your resume and increase your chances of receiving a response from your application.
Breaking Down Your Search
40% of your time expanding and reaching out to your network, using LinkedIn, networking events, and taking a look at who you know.
30% of your time following up on your applications and your networking efforts, including career-related events you attended.
20% of your time applying to job postings.
10% of your time attending career related events including career fairs, employer site visits and information sessions.
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