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Tips for your Summer Job Search

Hopefully you all are enjoying the sun this summer. However, for some job seekers their outlook may be a little cloudier than they would like. For those of you who are still looking for that dream job, or are just looking for that first full-time position out of school, here are some tips to keep in mind during your search:

  • Make sure you are looking for the right kind of jobs. So often, we may spend our time scouring the web looking for anything remotely related to our fields. Instead of shooting out your resume to any position that moves, search the web for only the positions that best match your skills and abilities. If you don't know what you would be doing in the job, or feel that you would have a steep learning curve once hired, then it probably is not the position for you.
  • The way you communicate can go a long way in saying what kind of person and potential worker you are. But it's not just about what you write or say: your body can communicate as much, if not more, than your mouth. Make sure to maintain good posture throughout your interactions with others, as well as maintain good eye contact. The message you send with your body could speak volumes for your potential as an employee.
  • Don't fret if you haven't found anything yet. Job searching is hard and it can be even harder if you have a long list of criteria you would like to meet. But that doesn't mean you have to be desparate. Continue looking, but in the meantime try volunteering within the industry or taking a part-time job or internship to gain experience and make connections. If you need to find a job sooner rather than later, consider some of your job criteria that you can compromise on (such as salary, location, company, etc.)/

Overall, make sure you know that you are not alone and that there are people here to help. Feel free to check out the Career Services Library Assistant's Reference Page for Career Guides on topics such as Interviewing, Networking and Industry-specific guides. You can also schedule an appointment with a staff member at the Steinbright Career Development Center at 215.895.2185 to learn some steps you can take to improve your job search. To learn about more tips, you can check out US News & World Report's Careers section.

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