How to Extend Your Job Search Beyond the Career Fair!

Read the Guidelines Below on How to Extend Your Job Search Beyond the Career Fair!

The Physical Job Search
i.e. A contact or event on campus that leads you to opportunity. Examples include:

  • Career fairs
  • Posted interviews (at your college or career center)
  • Lists of upcoming visits from hiring companies interviewing for internships and/or jobs
  • Professors or advisors who lead you to opportunity
  • Student groups and clubs who bring in hiring companies
  • People you know and interact with who can lead you to opportunity

The Virtual Job Search
i.e. Reaching out beyond campus and seeking opportunities that you currently don’t know about. Ways to do that include:

  • Proactively reaching out to your network where they can introduce you to opportunity
  • A series of ‘informational interviews’ where you reach out and have meetings with those who can help you to determine if an industry, job role, or company is a fit for you and in the process discover more employment opportunities
  • Joining a LinkedIn group where people who are doing or hiring in an area you are interested are, and then proactively reach out to them
  • Search both company and job search websites for open positions, then network your way in—getting actual contacts within the company gives you a much higher chance of success than simply filling out an application.
  • Engage with job/intern-search websites for opportunity and reconnaissance—like Vault.

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By Carol Maldonado
Carol Maldonado Career Coach Carol Maldonado