7 Job Search Strategies That Get Results
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7 Job Search Strategies That Get Results


Search Strategy Advantage Action Steps
1. Start Early! It can take 3-9 months to effectively transition into a new job. Top students will begin as early as their freshman year.
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn?t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: When the sun comes up, you'd better be running. - Fingerhut
Register early online with the CSO, and visit the office to learn how to connect directly with career consultants, critical job search training, identify hot job listings, and to connect early with top employers and influential alumni.
2. Think Outside the Box! Consider opportunities that are exciting to you, yet may be different than what "everybody" around you may be considering. Consider diverse options: non-profits, environmental careers, education, research, government. Dare to try practical options that are different! Define your own brand of success. See a career consultant or take a career assessment instrument in the office. Talk to recruiters and alumni at job fairs and receptions. Talk with members of your faculty about unique career interest.
3. Regularly use the Career Services Online Web site: www.howard.edu/careerservices.com This excellent HU web site was designed to give you a framework and tool to assist you in pursuing your career goals. Career Services Online has a number of job listings, online registration for interviews and activities, career development resources, site links, and list campus-wide career events. This site is an excellent tool to enhance your job search efforts. Access the Career Services Online web site and the secured HU e-Career Source section available only to Howard Students and Alumni. Review information and schedules for campus recruitment activities, job fairs, and various training and unique networking opportunities.
4. Attend key Networking Events 4. Attend key Networking Events When you are a part of the "Howard Family" you have access to one of the greatest networks of leaders and professionals in the world. Our networks range from formal relationships such as the CSO job fair and On-Campus Recruiters, to various employer and student receptions. Howard is also well known for campus-wide receptions hosted by various academic and administrative offices for local and national leaders, professional associations, and community organizations. Register with our office to find out about career fairs and receptions, and stay connected on upcoming career related events and activities, information sessions, guest speakers and more. Keep a calendar of key networking events you should attend. Have personal business cards made up to hand out, make sure your resume is ready to distribute if appropriate. Remember to always follow-up immediately with key contacts you have made.
5. Register and Participate in the CSO On - Campus Recruitment Program Howard has one of the most active On-Campus Recruitment Programs in the country! This program will allow you to interview with some of the nation's top employers who are aggressively recruiting our students. All majors are encouraged to participate. Attend a CSO Orientation Workshop and register for the OCR Program. Develop your resume, and sign-up for interviews online through our HU MonsterTRAK area located on our web site. See our recruitment schedule which is posted online and lists all participating organizations.
6. Visit our Resource Library The CSO Resources Library houses hundreds of job listings, reference books, company literature, free career guides and handbooks. You can also use our "career lab" of computers to access our web site to conduct your job search, and develop your resumes and other job search tools. Helpful staff is also available to assist you. Visit us at 525 Bryant Street, NW, on the corner of 6th and Bryant Street. We are in the CB Powell building and can be accessed from 6th street. See the sign Student Resources Center for the entrance. We are on the 2nd floor in suite 206. Call us at 202.806.7513 for additional information and assistance.
7. Never, Never, Never Give Up! Something special will happen if you utilize all of the career resources and networks available to you at Howard, work hard, remain focused on delivering excellence, and believe in yourself.  
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