Searching for a job can sometimes seem like a huge task. However, a job search can be managed if you have a strategic step-by-step plan. Searching for a job is quite a job, but this booklet was made to give you some steps and strategies to help you in the process.
The Job Search
STEP ONE: Evaluate the Job Market and Identify Job Targets
Gather Your Information
Find out job forecasts for:
- The future of the industry you are considering
- The current condition of the industry you are considering
- The qualifications needed for each job you might be interested in
- The salary to expect for each job
- The application process for each job
Identify Potential Companies
Research which companies offer the type of job you are looking for and examine
their mission statement, their values, the size of the company, and where the
company is located. Then ask yourself:
- Do the values I hold match with the company's values? Their mission statement?
- Would I prefer a larger or smaller company?
- Is there a particular location that I would like to work in?
All your research will ideally help you narrow down your search to about 3-5 job "targets."
Some great resources for this information:
The Office of Career Services has many different resources that are available to students, from making an appointment with a career counselor to researching career information in our library. Make an appointment or stop by to get started in your job centre plus.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, available online at Job Search or in print in the Career Services library, is an excellent resource. It covers not only job forecasts, but also job descriptions, requirements, and salary expectations by job type.