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Job Searching is like Homework!

So, August was a busy month and I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging! However, I’m back and I have a long list of topics to write about this fall to help you to prepare for your internship or job search. First off is about an online article that was sent to me about job searching.

A recent SI Alumnus – and former SI Careers Student Assistant -- sent SI Careers this article that they came across from a Recruiting Career Services Tips website. AskTheHeadhunter posted an article on how job searching is like homework. This is a fantastic metaphor that I love: you put time, energy, and effort into your homework and you get satisfactory results. We all know those rare and lucky people that skimmed through school barely studying and always getting A’s, but we all know that’s not the norm (and those people are not always the best job searchers or interviewers)! It’s not too often that a bad grade leads back to too much studying or too much preparation. The same rules go for job searching: the amount of time, effort, and energy that you put into your job or internship search will show in the results that you get, whether that be numerous offers or a higher offer from the one organization that you want to work for. If you wait until the last minute to apply to a job, your results are probably not going to be all that stellar, just like if you waited until the night before to write a research paper or study for a final exam.

Here’s my advice: If you are serious about your job or internship search, create a syllabus for your self that will provide you with goals to meet throughout the term. Set goals such as one informational interview per month, or one cover letter and tailored resume to be written per week. If you are able to lay out a plan – and actually follow it – just like you would for doing your weekly reading and homework for a class, then your efforts can be spread out over the term and you avoid that last minute frustration and anxiety of having to find a job or internship – right when you are also trying to take your exams and/or move and/or graduate and/or some other major life event that comes with the end of school.

Feel free to drop by my office (402WH) – or Joanna’s – to get some advice on what you should be doing during the next fifteen weeks. Job searching at SI is not always a piece of cake since the field is so unique. Luckily, we have so many resources that you can utilize to get better job search results, just like there are a variety of resources that you can use to get better grades or better your studying habits such as tutors, discussion groups, supplementary books and websites. If you've been reading this blog regularly, then you already have a good idea what these resources. However, if you're new the SI Career Services Blog, stop by and I’ll give you a list of what we have to offer. ~ Kelly

Posted by kkowatch at September 12, 2007 03:35 PM

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