Job search journey

Get comfortable with …. you!

The job search process starts before that first apply button. An essential step in the journey is getting more familiar with yourself. Your unique interests, skills, strengths, and experiences are like no other. How can you emphasize these attributes during the search process?

  • Start with your why. What is the bigger picture that you want to contribute to or influence?
  • List your top 10 strengths and personal characteristics.
  • List your top 5 work and personal values.
  • Identify and list the transferable skills you have developed and demonstrated in the past.
  • Complete a career assessment to clarify your interests then meet with a career counselor to elaborate on connecting these with career opportunities.
  • Create your introduction: a 20-30 second message to let the employer know your interest in a position/field and how your attributes can contribute to it.

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Envision Your Career Journey

Thinking about what your career journey might look like can help you stay energized and focused during each search process. Understand what is important for you and allow your career ambitions to guide the direction and decisions you make. You will reassess your priorities at different times in your life, and each time you do a job search.

Prepare for the search

We are getting closer to the pushing the apply button! Most opportunities will be interested in written documents such as a resume, cover letter, and list of references. The preparation process may include some of the following:


There are many ways to find opportunities. Personal connections, listservs, professional associations, etc. are all ways to learn about new opportunities. Job search engines are the most popular option, but using them can sometimes feel like an endless process. Use some of the tips below to narrow down results while keeping an open mind.

Celebrate and Monitor your Progress

There are many big and small reasons to celebrate during the search process. Find opportunities to give yourself a round of applause or do a celebratory dance. Not only is it important to monitor your progress, it is essential to monitor your emotional and mental energy. The process may take longer than you anticipated (often 3-9 months), so stay organized, energized, and keep moving forward!

Here are ways to monitor your progress:

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