for finding success in the job market
Learning to find a
job is much like learning to play a sport. It requires practice,
stamina and commitment. Just as a successful player would never
enter a competition without sufficient exercise and training,
a successful job seeker would never think of entering the job
market without the appropriate preparation.
Alumni Career Services Coordinator
Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services
RITs Office of
Cooperative Education and Career Services offers a highly qualified
staff to prepare alumni for an informed and effective job search.
We offer resources including career fairs, job listings, interview
opportunities and one-on-one advisement to prepare you for the
job search in todays competitive market.
Our program coordinators
will work with you to develop a sound job search strategy, craft
a winning resume, develop well-written employer correspondence,
and sharpen your interviewing skills. We will assist you in identifying
employers who are seeking talented people with your unique skill
set and coach you to find employment opportunities in your field.
You dont have to be located in Rochester to work with us
you may schedule phone appointments, or in some cases,
correspond via email at your convenience. Alumni may contact RITs
Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services at 585-475-2301.
Heres the program
coordinators pre-game pep talk to get you ready to hit the
employment market playing field at full throttle:
Do your homework.
Make sure you know what skills you possess and which ones you
may lack for the field you are targeting. Do you need further
education, training or certification? Next, get the proper equipment
to play: conduct an honest self-assessment, design a winning resume,
write a solid cover letter and research potential employers.
market. Decide what you want to do, be specific about what
jobs you envision for yourself, where you would like to work,
the kind of organization youd like to be part of and focus
your energies on pursuing that plan. Know your competition.
elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is a brief self-marketing
statement that you deliver at conferences, job fairs and other
networking events. It should sound informal and impromptu, and
you can practice by rehearsing on your own voice mail!
market yourself. Practice selling your skills both in written
word and in person. Communication skills are a critical component
of securing employment.
Seek a support
structure. Join a group or professional organization to network
with other like-minded individuals. You will increase your career
knowledge and gain many contacts at the same time. Consider volunteering
in the group
to take on assignments that will allow you to meet additional
members in your career field and community.
Find a mentor.
Is there someone you know and respect in your field who can provide
guidance and support during your search and afterward? Seek out
someone who is willing to take an interest in your progress and
consulting or temping. As a temporary measure, why not consider
offering your skills in a short-term assignment? Temp agencies
offer opportunities that will allow you to get a foot in the door
of an organization and prove your value firsthand.
positive attitude and demonstrate enthusiasm. Try to maintain
a healthy and positive attitude while in your job search. Employers
recall those who were excited about their organization better
than the person who could merely perform the job without conviction.
Remember that your upbeat attitude is infectious to everyone around
rejection. Use the information you gather as a stepping stone
for further self-knowledge and growth. Remember, rejection is
short-term and part of the job search process.
throw in the towel! The job search is demanding and can be
brutal. The competition can seem overwhelming, but to win the
game you must be on the playing field and ready for the sport.
Let RITs Office
of Cooperative Education and Career Services work with you one-on-one
in your job search to ensure your success. We look forward to
helping you build your winning story as you enter the competition!
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