Four Steps for a Successful Job Search
ONE. Focus on Professional Development
Become a leader and colleague, contribute to community. Masters students are encouraged to think broadly about developing and enhancing skills necessary for becoming a leader and colleague in their field of choice – essential for any future career endeavors. Build and demonstrate your skills in areas such as communication, leadership, writing, research and service.
- Expand leadership skills and professional experiences
- Participate in a campus organizations
- Contribute to a department or university committee
- Attend workshops, presentations, guest lectures
- Develop writing and public speaking skills – seek opportunities
TWO. Explore Career Options
Explore on-line, learn from others, take an active approach. Consider career development as another course at Brown! Build self-assessment and career exploration into your schedule, not as an afterthought. Reflect on your values, interests and skills.
- Conduct on-line research; Identify job titles and companies that hire in your career field
- Read job ads and consider your preparedness
- Conduct informational interviews with Brown alums and others using Brown Connect and LinkedIn Brown University Alumni page
- Attend CareerLAB employer information session, Alumni Career Programs, and Career Fairs
- Go to presentations on campus – every speaker is an employee or employer!
- Attend professional meetings
THREE. Build your Network
Find Brown alumni and other professional connections. Networking takes work, and doesn’t always feel comfortable. But — it works! Remember: Brown alums and others in your network want you to succeed, and are happy to help. Professionals are interested in talking with you about their career paths and answering your questions.
- Embrace networking as part of being a professional!
- Contact guest speakers from classes and around campus
- Reach out to Brown alums in your field – use LinkedIn and Brown Connect
- Follow up with alumni career program speakers
- Ask your department for contact information of graduates
- Identify faculty mentors at Brown and elsewhere
- Keep in touch with prior networking contacts
FOUR. Understand the Job Search
Prepare to present yourself on paper, on-line, and in person. Finding a job involves marketing your “brand” and telling your story. Develop an engaging resume and effective LinkedIn profile to get the interview, and then let’s do a mock interview!
- Visit CareerLAB for a Resumé review
- Learn job search cycles for various industries
- Check CareerLAB calendar for fall recruiting schedule (tech, engineering, consulting primarily) and spring recruiting schedule (non-profit, government, some business)
- Attend CareerLAB job search skills workshops
- Discuss your individual search plan/timeline with a CareerLAB advisor
- Get smart about using social media – update your LinkedIn profile
- Schedule a practice interview