The job search can feel overwhelming, so it’s helpful to break it into manageable steps. The good news is you don’t have to do every step in order. For example, you can start working on your resume before you identify what you want to do. Just start checking off as many of these activities as you can, and you’ll find yourself on the way to a great opportunity.

You may receive assistance for these steps through Career Services at St. Charles Community College. Call 636-922-8241 to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.  You don’t have to do it all during business hours – start by checking the Career Services website for lots of links and helpful information.

Step 1: Know yourself.

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I have identified my personal strengths, skills, interests and values.

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I have made a list of possible job titles/fields of interest.

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I can name two or three careers/jobs I plan to pursue.

 

Step 2: Know where you want to work.

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I have researched organizations or companies that might hire someone with my skills, interests and background.

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I have researched potential career fields: typical entry-level jobs, typical salaries, best geographic location for jobs, etc.

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I have identified the top three geographic areas where I’d like to live and work.

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I have identified 10 potential employers for the type of work I’m seeking.

 

         Step 3: Get ready for the search.

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I have registered with College Central Network, SCC’s free online job posting program: http://collegecentral.com/stchas/

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I have had my resume and cover letter(s) reviewed by a Career Services counselor. 

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I have prepared a portfolio or work samples to highlight my experience, skills and talent.

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I have developed my “1-minute sales pitch” for short encounters with employers.

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I have analyzed my education and developed my “story” for employers.

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I have identified three individuals who will serve as references.

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I have developed my interview skills.

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I have prepared for interviews by practicing my responses to typical questions or participating in a mock interview. Call 636-922-8241 to schedule an appointment with a career counselor. 

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I have interview attire that is appropriate for the field in which I plan to work.

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I have a professional-sounding answering machine/voice mail message in case an employer calls.

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I have a neutral/professional email address to give to employers.

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I have reviewed my profile(s) on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and made sure there is nothing on my profile that a potential employer would question.

 

  Step 4: Start searching.

 

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I have uploaded my resume on College Central Network, St. Charles Community College’s free online job posting program: http://collegecentral.com/stchas and checked the site each week for new job opportunities.

 

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I read the appropriate job-search resources for my field(s) of interest.  Helpful resources are available in the Career Center at St. Charles Community College, including the weekly publication, St. Louis Business Journal.

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I have a system for keeping track of my contacts, interviews and other job search activities.

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I follow up on every interesting job lead immediately.

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I have developed a list of potential networking contacts and keep in touch with them.

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I keep a copy of my resume next to my phone in case I receive a call from an employer.

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I follow-up each cover letter with a phone call or email to the employer requesting a job interview.

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I send thank you letters or emails to every person who interviews me or has helped me in my job search.

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I developed a professional profile on LinkedIn.com.