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Search Strategies

An effective job search utilizes all available resources to locate vacancies, gather information on employers, and develop networks. There are several different approaches you may want to incorporate in your search.

Classified Advertisements
Newspaper classifieds are a good source of marketplace information as well as employment opportunities. Check the Classifieds in the Wall Street Journal and other specialized journals for more industry specific listings.

The Internet
The Internet is a very useful job search tool; however, it is not the only one. Even career experts in the field recommend utilizing the internet only 15% of your time. The best method for doing a job search on the Internet is by visiting individual company's Human Resources Page for job openings; not by visiting general, mass career search websites.

Consider the pros and cons of posting your resume online. If you decide to post your resume online, don't expect to just sit back and receive a multitude of responses.

80% of jobs are found through this method which includes talking with friends, parents, acquaintances, neighbors, and faculty about people they know in the field or career you are interested in.

Also joining professional organizations, such as the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society, etc. is a very good way to network.

Direct Contact
This method consists of applying online directly to a company, which many companies want you to do now. Sometimes people will blindly send out cover letters and resumes directly to companies without knowing whether or not positions are available. Blindly sending out resumes rarely works.

Employment Agencies
If you use one of these services, you need to make sure you go to a reputable agency. Remember, they make commission by having companies hire you. Sometimes recruiters only care about the fees, and not so much about your interests. Therefore, ask the agency questions about their placement philosophy, how they'll keep in touch with you, their placement rate, client satisfaction, etc.

Career Services
Finally, don't forget about visiting the Career Services office. We can help you in all aspects of your job search including how to write an effective resume, cover letters, and thank you notes. We sponsor workshops and career information fairs as well as have a professional positions database of full-time jobs. Each semester a variety of employers recruit at the University of Hartford through Career Services. Recruitment is done for all majors through on-campus recruiting and career fairs. For more information about employer recruiting, contact Career Services at 860.768.4287.

Feel free to stop by our office in GSU 207 or call 860.768.4287 to set up an appointment with one of our Career Advisors to discuss the best options for you during your job search.