JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES
The search is likely to take longer than expected -- success is greatly increased by using multiple strategies!
Use our suggestions below -- tried and true by past graduates!
- Learn from others' success
Know a classmate who has an internship or job? Ask how they found it.
- Put in the time
Start early and devote time each week -- the job search is similar to a major project!
- Form a job search group
Enjoy the benefits of working with others for ideas, motivation, and support -- similar to a study group.
- Use CDC resources
Start your first year through graduation! CDC resources are specifically for students.
- Approach employers differently
Email, call, personally deliver, ask a friend to forward, send your resume through the US mail. Mix up your approach as employers have different preferences.
- Search less on-line
A major pitfall! Success rate is ~10% vs. personal contact/networking ~50%. The best suggestions come from people. Let everyone know about your search.
- Consider a variety of employers
Widen your search for optimal success. Outstanding opportunities are found in large and small companies, well known and unknown, near and far. This is your first job -- not your last!
- Consider an alternate point of entry
A position in your field is the goal – traditional (internship, co-op) or non-traditional (volunteer, contract/temporary). All have the potential to lead to an entry-level job!
- Handle the "no's"
Expect to hear several from employers -- before the one "yes" you need! Use our tips for handling rejection.
- Receive help after graduation
CDC services continue for one year after graduation. We're here to help!
Future Plans Survey – learn about the job search of recent NC State graduates.