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Searching for a job is a process. It involves drawing on skills you’ve developed over time including reflection, research, planning, writing, speaking, problem solving and self-advocacy. It is never too early to start thinking about your job search. While many timelines vary by industry, it is safe to say that the average, active job search takes about three to six months.

Know yourself


Engage in self-reflection to identify your values, skills, interests, motivations and strengths. Whether you are just entering the workforce, changing jobs within your field, or switching industries entirely, this foundational work will enhance your job search decision-making, as well as your materials and activities including networking, resume and cover letter writing and interviewing.

Research career possibilities and narrow your focus


Be prepared to identify your areas of interest by industry, mission, role, and type of organization.  The networking contacts you develop in this research phase will be invaluable. Consider the following:

  • Role – Is there a particular function you want to fill?  Do you want to be doing particular tasks or using particular skills, regardless of industry? (i.e., marketing, accounting, etc.)
  • Industry – Is there a particular field that you want to join, no matter what you might be doing? (i.e., education, corporate finance, museums, etc.)
  • Type of organization – Do you want to work in a small or large organization  What about for a for-profit, non-profit, or government organization? 
  • Mission/issue area – Are you passionate about a particular issue? Do you want to work for an organization that addresses that mission?
  • Other considerations – Compensation, geography, and public transportation can influence your priorities, as well. 

Prepare your job search materials


Your application materials including your resume and cover letter should be written directly to your audience, emphasizing your most relevant skills and experiences, and speaking your potential employers’ language. If there is an organization that interests you, feel free to proactively send them a cover letter and resume expressing that you would like to work with them and how you might contribute to their organization. 

Activate and expand your network


Since networking contacts contribute to over 80% of successful job searches, let your network know about your areas of interest and that you are job searching. Also, take advantage of networking opportunities to expand your network including the Brandeis University Career Connections group on LinkedIn, professional conferences, industry mixers, and more. No one is alone in his or her job search. As you may have already experienced, helping someone get a job or internship can be a personally rewarding experience.

Search for and apply to available positions


There are a number of resources to find relevant jobs, from job boards with professional organizations and individual company websites to more general job posting sites. Many job sites are listed in Hiatt's Career Resource Index (on the student website) by industry and geographic location.

Handshake

Handshake, Hiatt's job and internship database, also houses entry-level and experienced positions for alumni in a variety of industries and geographic locations. If you had an account as a student, it automatically transfers to an alumni account. Recent grads since 2010 can log in with their UNet ID and password or Brandeis email. Other undergraduate alumni should log in with registered email and password. If you can't recall your password, reset it here. If you don't have an existing student or alumni account, register here.

Recruiting firms

You may also want to consider registering with an employment agency or recruiting firm. Your previously conducted research will inform this decision. If you are considering an organization that regularly hires temps from a particular agency, then register with that agency. If you are job searching in a field that regularly uses recruiting firms, like accounting, register with an accounting recruiting firm. Neither an employment agency nor recruiting firm should ever charge you. Research each employment agency or recruiting firm carefully before sharing your information, and confirm that they regularly work with clients at your level of experience.

Once you have identified a position of interest, it is time to create targeted application materials. Most applications require a resume and cover letter. Others may ask for writing sample, portfolio, and/or samples of your work.

What happens after I apply?

Follow up

You may not hear back from an organization immediately. Consider a follow up email or phone call no sooner than a week after your initial contact. This will confirm your interest in the organization, as well as demonstrate your persistence and initiative. If the organization has requested “no calls” or “no emails,” follow their instructions.

The most difficult part of the job search process is waiting. Be patient. For most employers, jobs take months to fill; what may feel like a very long time to wait for you, may be lightning speed for an organization.

Interviews


If your applications materials landed you an interview, it is imperative that you prepare and practice. Learn more about interview preparation.

Offer


If you are fortunate enough to receive an offer of employment, you should know about all your options. Learn more about responding to offers.

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Job Search Tips

Are you currently searching for jobs? Or do you have a job, but think it's time to move on to another opportunity?

During this live hour-long job search webinar, Andrea Dine, director of the Hiatt Career Center, will cover the step-by-step process of finding a job and the resources available through Hiatt and other sources to help you on your way.

Log in to Handshake to search entry-level and experienced positions for alumni in a variety of industries and geographic locations.

If you had an account as a student, it automatically transfers to an alumni account. Recent grads since 2010 log in with their UNet ID and password. Other undergraduate alumni should log in with their registered email and password. If you can't recall your password, reset it here. If you don't have an existing student or alumni account, register here.

Access the password-protected resources below via Handshake > Resources.

Spotlight on Careers - Provides an overview of a variety of career fields and industry-specific tips on resumes, interviews, etc.

Vault - Includes over 90 career guides and 3,000 company profiles.

GoinGlobal - Offers specialized job search information in 34 countries across fields, industries, and organizations.