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Searching for a full-time job can almost be a full-time job itself. It’s labor intensive and requires a great deal of planning and preparation. Students should not wait until they are actually searching for a job or internship to start the job search process. By the time you are actually job searching, you should have already reviewed the information on this website and at the very least have your resume updated. Career and Professional Development can help you every step of the way with your job search.
A resume is used when you search for a job or internship and sometimes when applying for a scholarship. Resume content includes an objective, skills, education, and experience. Most resumes are one page long. A C.V. (Curriculum Vitae) is generally used when applying for graduate or professional school. It is not skills based, but instead focuses on academics, scholastic achievements, research, and professional experience. A C.V. can be multiple pages long. Cover letters are often requested with a resume or C.V. They are conversational and they supplement the information on your resume. Review our information about resumes, C.V.’s, and cover letters in the separate section on this topic.
When you reach the interview stage of your job search, you may be just one step away from an offer. It is no easy feat, so be sure you are well prepared.
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With InterviewStream you can record yourself, rehearse, review your answers, and even e-mail your interviews to people for feedback. InterviewStream is an excellent rehearsal tool too, with 1,000+ interview questions.
Salary evaluation and negotiation are important final steps in your interview process. Evaluation is considering the relative value of the offer in terms of total compensation, which includes pay, benefits and intangibles. Pay and benefits can be compared to competing offers, offers received by others, and salary/benefit surveys, taking into consideration cost-of-living. Intangibles include factors such as the type of work, organizational culture, promotion/pay increase opportunities, and location.
Negotiating salary may feel uncomfortable, but it is appropriate to negotiate if you believe your skills are worth more than offered. These negotiations require planning, preparation, and goal.
Salary comparison tools help you evaluate a job offer or see how your current job ranks with the average salary for similar jobs in your industry. Keep in mind these are averages based on location and job categories and levels of experience.
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