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How Should I Go About Finding a Job or Internship

  1. Identify your skills.
  2.  Have a clear job objective.
  3.  Know where and how to look for job leads.
  4. Spend at least 10-40 hours a week looking for a job. If you are unemployed spend up to 40 hours; if you are employed, spend at least 10 hours.
  5. Get two interviews a day.
  6.  Do well in interviews.
  7.  Follow up on all contacts.
Step 1 - Identify your skills: Most job seekers cannot answer the question “Why should I hire you?” Not being able to answer this question greatly reduces your chances of getting a job offer. Identifying your skills will help you answer this question.

Step 2 - Have a clear job objective: Too many people look for a job without having a good idea of exactly what they are looking for. You need to first define what job you really want. Think about what makes a job satisfying for you; then you can decide what that job is and what industry it might be in. Here are elements to consider in your ideal job: What skills do you want to use? What special knowledge would you like to use in your ideal job? What types of people do you like to work with or for? What type of work environment do you prefer? Where do you want your next job to be located? How much money do you hope to make in your next job? How much responsibility are you willing to accept? What things are most important or have meaning to you? Describe your ideal job?

Step 3 - Know where and how to look for job leads: About 85% of all employers don’t advertise job openings. They hire people they know, people who find out about jobs through word of mouth, or people who happen to be in the right place at the right time. Even though the Internet has changed how some employers find people, getting a solid lead is still too often a matter of “luck”. Using the right techniques can increase your “luck” in finding job openings. How People Find Jobs: 63.4% Informal Job-Seeking Methods (Direct contact with employers and Networking) 13.5% Want Ads 12.2% Agencies 10.5% Other

Step 4 - Spend 10-40 hours a week looking for a job: The more time you spend on your job search each week, the less time you are likely to remain unemployed. Use effective job search techniques – time management is the key.

Step 5 - Get 2 Interviews a day: The average job seeker gets about five interviews a month; fewer than two interviews a week. In order to get two interviews a week, you need to define what that means. An interview is defined as any face-to-face contact with a person who has the authority to hire or supervise someone with your skills. The person may or may not have an opening at the time. Keeping this definition in mind allows you to get more interviews – not just with those that have job openings. Set out each day to get two interviews per day. It’s possible to do. Some job seekers call potential employers by using the yellow pages. Other drop in on a potential employer and ask for an unscheduled interview; then networking – getting names of contacts through people you already know.

Step 6 - Do well in interviews: Be prepared for interviews. Dress for success to form a positive first impression. Know yourself and know how to answer tough questions by being able to communicate the skills you have. (Refer to questions in the Interview Skills Tutorial through Shepherd’s Career Development Center, or online at - ‘career services’). Practice Practice Practice! You can schedule a mock interview through the Career Development Center by emailing

Step 7 - Follow up on all contacts: People who follow up with potential employers and with others in their network get jobs faster than those who do not. Send thank you letters within 24-48 hours after you’ve made the contact. A type-written letter is best. An email is also acceptable, but emails can often become deleted; therefore, a hard-copy letter in addition to an email is a good idea. Keep the letter simple, neat and free of errors. Lastly, develop a system to keep following up with good contacts. Using a simple card system and stay in touch with a good contact every other week – it can pay off big.