Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Positive Perspective on the Career Search

by Ivana Petrovic, Career Assistant

Job search getting you down?!  Don’t let that happen with this list of tips and reminders to help keep your head up and your eye on the prize:
  • Utilize resources - They are everywhere! (CSC, books, blogs, magazines, LinkedIn, etc.)  Use our website and links for help: www.ashland.edu/career .  Come into the office for mock interviews, appointments to discuss questions/concerns, presentations, and resume/cover letter critiques and reviews.
  • Do not be afraid to use your relatives/contacts- That's one reason they are there and they may need your assistance one day, too!
  • Be creative - Creativity and innovation is appreciated in the business world - flaunt it if you've got it! In an interview, talk about approaches you have taken that have differed from others in various situations.  Looking at this tip from another perspective, you can also think outside the box in your actual job search, itself!  Maybe you can design a position that has not before existed.
  • Outward appearance - professional dress, pleasant demeanor (again, stay positive), up-to-date resume and cover letter critiqued and revised before presentation over and over again!
  • Know yourself - Discover your needs and aspirations, then go for them; this may take an internship or a couple of volunteer/job experiences, but eventually figuring out who you are and being able to present that to an employer is a key aspect to getting the dream job!  The first step to the resume writing process is even appropriately labeled “Self-Assessment”.
  • Get involved with possible networking and skill building (transferable skills can apply to various industries)!  Example: Cashiering at a grocery store allowed you to learn money management for the Foodservice Internship position you are applying for with AU Auxiliary Services.
  • Look everywhere - Put the word out that you are looking, and be open-minded. It may take a couple of weeks, but you'll eventually get something you like!

If you’re looking for a job and have not yet found what you are searching for, just remember that the possibilities are endless and you never know what you might find with a little action on your part!

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