So You Want to Find the Perfect Job, Now What?

Career Development Center

Finding the perfect job can be tough, but it’s not impossible. Use these helpful tips to find a position that is right for you. 

1. Know what you want to do. 

This is step one. If you don’t have an answer yet, keep reading.

2. Never say you’re “willing to do anything.”

People can’t help you do anything, but they might be able to help you do something specific or know someone who can. Think about your job search like a lost item. You don’t consider the whole world when searching for your lost keys—you focus on the places you expect to find them. Keep your search focused on what you want to do. 

3. Become a regular at the Career Development Center. 

Take advantage of all programs and services they offer. These benefits are even available to you after leaving Pacific! 

4. If you’re having trouble deciding what you want, think about what you enjoy. 

Does every day need to be different or do you like repeating tasks daily? Do you like working alone or as part of a team? Think about your favorite job — what did you like best about that position? Create a list of qualities you’re hoping for and look for jobs that fit that description. The Career Development Center can help you define job titles and or employers that have the qualities you seek.

5. Identify specific companies you’d like to work with. Research them carefully and check their employment website daily. 

You can’t predict where they will advertise their positions but you can be sure they will post opportunities on their websites.

6. Craft an elevator speech about your search. 

“I just graduated from college and I’m looking for work in fundraising or event planning. I really want to work for an organization that helps animals or kids, but any cause-based non-profit would be great.”

7. Talk to everyone you know.

They might know something that could help you find what you are looking for. 

8. Don’t rely solely on the major employment sites. 

Do a little research and learn the industry specific websites and monitor those as well.

9. Seek out opportunities to meet new people. 

One of the first questions new people ask one another is “what do you do?” This gives you the perfect opportunity to use your elevator speech. Opportunities can come at any time, from a formal networking event or even your cousin’s BBQ. 

10. If you’re seeking employment with non-profit organizations pursue methods of volunteering.

Everyone who applies will say they’re a fan, but actively supporting the organization if you have the means to do so is a concrete way to prove you’re passionate about the cause.

11. Volunteer to stay motivated.

If you are not in school and not otherwise employed during your search, volunteering is also a good way to stay motivated,  meet new people and bolster your resume.

12. Visit the library! 

Checking out books on career development can help you with all aspects of your search, including what you want to do. Some libraries (including Multnomah County) offer programs for job seekers including resume development and job seeking support groups. 

13. Develop a list of your achievements. 

Jobs, major, minor, volunteer work, extracurricular activities.  Create a list of skills you developed with each. Ensure those skills are referenced on your resume. 

14. Keep your resume and cover letter specific to the job for which you are applying. 

Your cover letter should be carefully considered and should articulate a passion for the company and the position, but also heavily emphasize the assets you bring to the organization. 

15. If your application includes references, talk with your references before you submit. 

Ask their permission and provide them with a copy of your materials, the position description and a short statement about why you asked them to be a reference. Make sure they are prepared to talk you up to a potential employer. 

We have gathered advice from professors, alumni and more to help you answer the age-old question: now what? Read more of these tips to help navigate the important next steps in your personal or professional life at
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018