Job Search Strategies & Resources
Once you have your professional documents (resumes, cover letters, etc), it is time to start creating your plan and searching for jobs! Below is a list of information and resources we encourage students to use in order to tap into all areas of the job market.
*For one-on-one assistance, do not hesitate to make an appointment with a Career Services staff member at 573-651-2583*
Depending on your field and/or area of employment, you may choose to utilize online job boards, company websites, print media, and specific resources in the area in which you will be looking to be employed to find job postings.
Online Career Search Sites & Job Boards
Southeast's online database for part-time, full-time and internships positions. Login and create your profile in order to gain access to these opportunities, publish your resume in our resume books and receive targetted emails from our office concerning job opportunities and events as they pertain to your major or career interest area.
Additional Helpful Sites:
Most of these resources involve a job board of some kind, however, many include an entire world of information about careers and job searching as well. Take the time to peruse each site as you refine your unique job search plan!
- Career Profiles
*Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job*
- Occupational Outlook Quarterly
- Riley Guide
Many company's post their job openings within their own website, often times within their Human Resources page or a page titled "Careers at ________". Sometimes, this is the FIRST place a job is posted, so if their is a specific company, office or organization you would like to work for, that company's website should be the first stop in your job search. Examples of places that may post jobs on internal websites include:
- Universities (Southeast for example!)
- Public & private K-12 schools
- Private Businesses
- Non-profit Organizations
- State & Local Government Offices/Organizations
Newsflash: employers still post job openings in the newspaper! In both rural and urban areas, employers still utilize print media to get the word out about openings in their offices. Make it a habit to check the classifieds section of every newspaper in the area(s) you are looking for employment once per week, INCLUDING online versions if you do not live in the area.
St. Louis Area Jobs
Southeast Missouri State University - St. Louis Outreach Center
Networking: Your MOST Important Job Search Strategy!
Who is in my network?: Your "network" of possible contacts includesfamily members, friends, friends of friends, colleagues and neighbors. Anyone you have a direct or indirect relationship with who has a connection to your employment area can be a potential contact!
What's the big deal?These people have rich resources to provide insight into your job search or even connect you with individuals inside their respective industries, organizations or companies. They can be key players in your job search. This is where the term "you have to have connections" comes from. The biggest misconception here is that students underestimate the power of the connections they have. Networking really works!
Okay, so I actually DO have contacts I could reach out to. Now what?
Informational Interviewing:an excellent tool to learn about an organization/job and get your foot in the door at the same time
Step 1: Choose from your network of contacts (above), contact them via email or phone call and request 20 minutes of their valuable time for an informational interview.
Step 2:Prepare for the interview.Prepare questions that will provide insight into the organization, the person's job, how they achieved success, and/or tips they may have for you in finding employment in their field or organization. Dress professionally and bring copies of your resume.
Appropriate questions to ask at an informational interview: (these are only samples)
- How did you find your way to this position?
- How did you get your first job?
- What type of education/training/experience is most important?
- What kind of experiences would help me prepare to enter this field?
- Could you describe a typical day?
- What do you like most about your position here?
- What are your company’s strengths
- What are your company’s challenges?
Step 3: At the conclusion of the interview, send a hand written or typed thank you letter.