Academic and Career Advising

Develop Your Search Strategy

Searching for a job is a personal process and it is different for each individual. There is not one technique that is guaranteed to land you a job. What is important is that you find out what works best for you. Below are some of the most important things to consider when you are ready to begin your job search.

Define What You’re Looking For

The first step is to narrow your search as best as you can. Spend some time thinking about geographic location, what your skills and interests are and how you can apply them, what industry you want to work in, and what type of corporate culture is important to you. The more you define this list, the easier your job search becomes.

One good starting point is to make a list of 5-10 organizations that you think you would like to work for. Spend time researching their websites, reading annual reports, connecting on social media sites like LinkedIn, and actively working on meeting people within the organization. The more you get to know an organization, the more you will know if it is a good fit or not. This list can change over time as you learn more about what is important to you.

See What’s Available

The seemingly endless amount of job search resources available can be overwhelming when searching for a job. Below is a list of what we feel are the best starting points:

  • Use the resources available to you as a Wright State student! View our Current Job Postings through the Wright State University Career Center.
  • Visit websites of the organizations you are interested in. Almost all companies will have current openings listed under a “Careers” tab or a similar link somewhere on their page.
  • Check with your network connections! Ask friends, family, faculty and staff if they are aware of any current job openings that might be a good fit. Receiving a high recommendation from someone in your network can greatly improve your chances.
  • Check professional organizations. Not only do they provide career opportunities, often times they offer other industry specific tips as well.
  • Consider a job aggregator. These websites search the web and pool together thousands of current opportunities. You can then filter based on geographic location, experience, salary, etc. A couple of the most popular aggregators are Indeed (http://www.indeed.com) and SimplyHired (http://www.simplyhired.com).

Salary Guide

What is realistic? Having an idea of starting salary is important as you move through the hiring process. Be informed and ready when the time comes to discuss pay. The Educate To Career Salary Calculator  is a great tool to help you get started. Here you will be able to look up average starting salary estimates based on career field, geographic location, education level, and experience.

Contact the Raj Soin College of Business Office of Career Management at rscob-careers@wright.edu for more information.

 


Take the Next Step

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