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Career Action Center

TIPS FOR FINDING GREAT JOBS

  • Identify your strengths, skills and talents and talents by coming to the Career Action Center and using Edmonds Colleges' Career Exploration Tools 
  • Make a list of your greatest accomplishments from work, school, clubs, volunteering, or hobbies.
  • Write a resume.
  • Develop your Linkedin Profile. Add everything from your resume, add people in your network, and ask people to make recommendations on your skills.
  • Make a list of all the people you know.
  • Ask people to serve as references and prepare your list of references.
  • Call or meet with everyone on your list. One of the best ways to find a job is through people you know. Tell each person the type of job you are looking for and ask them to keep you in mind. Provide them with a copy of your resume.
  • Compile a list of employers who interest you and contact them directly using tools like LinkedIn.
  • Actively look for a job. Use a variety of job search techniques (contact employers directly, respond to ads, work with temporary firms, check websites of organizations which interest you, search the internet, including local and specialized sites, make personal contacts).
  • Prepare for interviews by practicing answers to behavioral interview questions.
  • Learn about the “STAR method” of interviewing.  
  • Research the organization before going to your interview.
  • Go to interviews. Make notes afterward. Evaluate what you did well and what you want to improve.
  • Write thank-you letters (Can we link this to the Thank you letter page?) after every interview or informational meeting.
  • Touch base with your contacts; let them know how your job search is progressing. Use short phone calls or emails to provide a quick update.
  • Keep on looking even when you feel discouraged. You may need to apply to 10-15 jobs per week. Job searches usually involve ups and downs. Find ways to nurture yourself during the process.
  • Go to more interviews. Receive a job offer and accept a new job!
  • Celebrate your success! Congratulate yourself on getting a great job.