How to Set Up Your Job Search Plan

Initial Steps

  1. Identify your target job description
    • What kinds of tasks (coding, writing, designing) could you see yourself enjoying?
    • What kind of skills (web-design, C++, Java, visual communication) do you want to apply?
  2. Identify your target industries (e.g. Medical, Manufacturing, Software, Marketing, Fashion, Retail, Oil and Gas)
  3. Create a list of companies that you would like to work for. Job search is a continuous process until you accept a position, so keep adding to the list!
  4. Set up a weekly schedule of job search related activities, including:
    • Companies to apply to during the week
    • Networking activities, including career fairs, company presentations and career-related workshops

Identify Your Brand

  1. Develop your brand by learning about yourself. Think about:
    • Who do you surround yourself with?
    • What do you strive for in life?
    • What do you want others to know about you?
    • What would your close friends, family or professors/advisors say are your strengths?
  2. Craft your resumes and cover letters that emphasize your unique combination of skills and experiences.


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