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Job searching takes time, work, and a positive attitude. Most people take a similar approach to job searching – responding only to posted positions and sending out generic resumes and cover letters. Few people are successful using these approaches. Both “who you know” and “what you know” are important.

Most people secure employment through networking and accessing the “hidden job market”. Remember – until you meet a potential employer your resume and cover letter represent you. Make sure they present a positive first impression.

How to Look for a Job

The easiest way to answer the question “how do I look for a job?” is to find out the strategies your peers have used to successfully find work.

The #1 way of securing employment, and how more than 50% of recent graduates have found work, is through the networking process, contacting employers directly, going to career fairs and employer information sessions, and getting referrals/recommendations from friends, family, and other contacts.

Although 22.8% of respondents indicated that they found employment through an internet job ad, this does not necessarily mean that they simply applied online to an arbitrary job posting. What this percentage more likely represents is the growing number of companies who post job openings and have their application process online.

In today’s internet dependent culture, many organizations require that you go through the standard online application process even if you already have an ‘in’ for a particular job.

So, what is the best way to look for a job?

Start connecting with the people who can help you land your next job. To do this you must determine what you want, who you want to work for, where you’d like to live, and what you are worth. Then, you will be ready to begin your job search!

Complete Student Module on Job Search Skills

Visit to take a short interactive module on Job Search Skills