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Check list for your job search

May 18, 2009

Enhancing your job search strategy in an uncertain economy.

Stay on top in a sinking economy

You may have heard the news that jobs are being cut and unemployment is rising. Here are some tips to help you stay ahead and still land a great job after graduation.

- Create a focused resume to match each job description you apply for.

- If you experience a gap in employment take action.

  • Volunteer
  • Obtain part-time employment
  • Consider an internship
  • Take the opportunity to learn something new and build your skill set

- Meet people through networking.

  • Stay in touch with people you meet
  • Update your Facebook status to reflect what you are looking for (ex. graduating and looking for advice on _____ industry; relocating to Texas and would like to meet some new people...)
  • Become active in CSU’s Alumni Association
  • Become active in community groups related to your hobbies and sports
  • Get involved in a professional organization related to your field

- Don’t rely on job boards.

  • Research companies within the industry and region you would like to live (check out Career Shift)
  • Contact companies you are interested in working for

- Set yourself apart.

  • Find something about yourself that sets you apart from peers with similar degrees and experience

- Offer to work for an employer on a trial (payment free) basis.

- Don’t hold out for your “ideal” job, be open to the opportunities that are presented and develop skills and become more marketable for the future.

- Think, innovate and sell the skills that enable you to think and create.

- Explore options beyond your major.

- Work with friends.

  • Share an apartment
  • Brainstorm what you can do with your skills

- Meet with a CSU Career Center Counselor/Liaison.



Contact: Career Center
E-mail: career_info@mail.colostate
Phone: (970) 491-5707