Job Search Preparation

This section provides links to information about:


Job Hunting

Many factors should be considered during the search for a position.  Salary , location, size of company, opportunity for advancement, scope of work, projects, educational support, and others should be evaluated. 

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Guide to a Complete Job Search Campaign
It is very important to make a good impression on your potential employer be it through your resume, over the phone or in an interview. Here, you'll find some good tips on how to launch a succesful marketing campaign. And the product is you.

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Tips for College Students on How to Search for a Job
Companies aren't usually interested in interviewing freshmen or sophomores for positions they can't fill for two years, but it is never too early to make that first contact. If you know what is out there by your junior year, you can spend senior year honing your search.

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How to Conduct An Effective Job Search
This site provides helpful information from job search preparation to evaluating and deciding on an offer of employment.

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Career Fair Information
This link provides career fair tips for students. 

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Job Search Myths
This link provides you with the real answers to many job search myths.  

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Employers Give Advice to Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
It’s never too late to start your job search – and it’s never too early, either. Graduating and job hunting are something you’ll do in your senior year. However, much of the stuff that employers look for in job candidates – relevant work experience, for instance – will take time. So, if you get started on your job-search as a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you’ll enter the job market with a distinct advantage. Here’s what employers say you can do now to make yourself the top notch job candidate.

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What Should You Do To Start Your Job Search?
You should begin the job search process 6-9 months before you expect to be able to begin a position.

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Job Search Planning and Development
Action steps to take in developing a comprehensive job search strategy

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U of Richmond Resources for the Job Search

Researching Companies
This page discusses the effective ways of analyzing a company and its components. These positive or negative elements of a company can be the deciding factors in your crucial decision to pursue a certain company or set of companies for possible future employment.

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Researching Companies Online
This business research tutorial presents a step-by-step process for finding free company and industry information on the World Wide Web.

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Researching Companies - Worksheet
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Don't Let the Maze of Online Career Resources Stump You
While the real basics of job search and career management may not have changed, we now have some pretty amazing online features to help - or get us in trouble if not used wisely.

Today's Web resources help job hunters go a step beyond just finding openings, by allowing them to do more sophisticated research, make strategic networking connections and better manage their online images.

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The 2004-05 Career Guide to Industries
The Career Guide to Industries provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information. This edition of the Career Guide discusses 42 industries, accounting for over 3 out of every 4 wage and salary jobs in 2002. The Career Guide is a companion to the Occupational Outlook Handbook , which provides information on careers from an occupational perspective.

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Networking for the Shy

For many, the mention of the word "networking" conjures up unsettling images of hundreds of men and women exchanging business cards, making small talk and angling for a chance to ask that all-important question: "So, who do you know in my field?"

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Networking is the single best way to find a job and is a valuable professional development tool. According to , 20 -25 percent of available jobs are listed in newspapers, trade journals or employment offices. The remaining 75 percent of jobs today are a result of networking.

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The NEW Networking Approaches for Busy People with No Time for Sprawling Meet-and-Greet Events

Networking: You may call it contact-development, relationship-building or career investment. Certainly it touches on all those things - and if you're doing it, you know it can eat up time, which few of us have to spare.

Still, even as technology has connected us 24/7 to work, it has also opened all kinds of bridges and bypasses that bring new efficiencies to the notion of identifying, meeting and staying in touch - whether it's with those who might end up doing business with us, advancing our careers or helping us find solutions to work-related problems.

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Critical Career Networking Resources for Job-Seekers
Networking is one of the most important -- if not the most important -- activities that job-seekers need to master to be truly successful in your job-search. Because the vast majority of job openings are never advertised, job-seekers need to have a network of contacts -- a career network -- that can provide support, information, and job leads. Read much more about networking in our Key Networking Resources on the Web .

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Networking Timeline and Resources

What is Networking?
Interaction with individuals who have interests similar to yours, who are willing to share information about those common interests, or provide the names of others with similar interests.

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Networking & Alumni Connections


Salary Considerations
Within each degree field profiled on this site, salary expectations are explored.  While salary should not be the sole consideration for a career path, it may be an important factor in job selection. 

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Salary Information
Links to information about salaries.

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NACE Salary Survey
This is a brief chart of average salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Fall 2004 Survey.

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Successful Salary Negotiations (PDF File)



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