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Career Maverick: Why use it to search for jobs?
Personal Branding

Victoria Roberts Drogin, a professor in the School of Business gives students invaluable tips on putting their best foot forward. The secret: tell your story.

Before you begin looking for current openings, you need to prepare. By developing a plan, you can start focusing on the type of job you are looking for and potential locations you are interested in. We suggest you keep track of the companies and roles to which you are applying using an Excel spreadsheet. It may help you stay organized and informed on the current status of your applications, responses you've received, etc. It takes time to properly apply for jobs, including drafting a well written, customized cover letter and an updated, error-free resume. Use your time efficiently. 

  • Self Assessment- It may seem tedious, but carefully evaluating your skills, needs, values and interests are important factors when preparing yourself for a job search. Think about your long-term goals, the types of positions you are considering, the specific skills you can bring to a job and the various industries you have an interest in pursuing. Determining these factors can help save you time and energy during your job search by allowing you concentrate on the positions that fit you best.
  • Explore Careers and Find the Right Industry- One of the best ways to learn about a specific job or industry is to talk to current employees. An informational meeting, one which is set up by the jobseeker to ask general questions about the industry or a specific employer, is a valuable tool. Point out that you are not calling for a job interview, but merely looking for some background information to help determine if this is the right career choice. Request a brief meeting of 15 or 20 minutes to obtain advice and opinions on the industry, as well as to learn key differences between how management is discussed in the classroom and how it functions in the real world
  • Geography- Where you work physically may be as important as what career you choose. Are you looking for something local, or are you willing to relocate? Are certain parts of the state or even country more favorable to the industry you are pursuing? Do you have a personal preference for small towns versus large cities?
  • Size- Working for a small company can be quite a different experience compared employment within a large corporation. Each has its own advantages, depending upon your preferences and expectations. Small companies generally offer more freedom and more responsibilities, so you'll end up wearing many different hats in your position. Large companies, on the other hand, can offer plenty of perks, such as special training programs or even official on-the-job training seminars to help you ease into your role.
  • Salary and Benefits- While searching, keep in mind how much money you will need to support yourself. What is rent like in the location you will be job searching? Do you have student loans? Do you need a job that offers health insurance?

There are countless resources at your disposal:

Leverage the world’s largest professional network to build relationships and connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Job Search to harness the power of your network to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.

Discover your earning potential with LinkedIn Salary. Explore salaries by job title and location. See how years of experience, industry, location and more can impact your salary.

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  • Former Student-Athletes Job Search Engine
  • Government Job Search Engine
  • Nonprofit Job Search Engine
  • Nursing Job Search Engine 
  • Employers - If you are currently working part-time or have previously worked for a company, you already have a professional connection. Talk to your supervisor to see if they offer any job opportunities in the company, or if they know of any in their industry. If there are specific companies you're interested in working for, view the Careers or Jobs page on their website to see if there are any positions that match your interest and are available. If not, consider inquiring with the HR department or submitting a cover letter and resume for the employer to keep on file.
  • Network - Look to your social networks of friends, family, fellow students and previous job supervisors in your area of interest to see if they can recommend job openings or are available to discuss their career path with you. Ask if you can shadow someone for a few hours one day.
  • Mercy College Alumni - Get in touch with alumni via LinkedIn, and ask if you can schedule a meeting to learn more about their career.
  • Career Counselor - If you need additional help figuring out your job search strategy, please contact Career and Professional Development to schedule an appointment with a career counselor: CPD@mercy.edu, (914) 674-7203
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