Many times the hardest part of finding new opportunities is the search. Below are helpful tips and websites to kick start your job or internship search. More options for searching teachers are also available, as well as suggestions for building your network.
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- Goinglobal is a job posting site for businesses worldwide. It also contains information to prepare you for what working in different countries is like!
- To use this search engine log in to 'JacketJobs and click on the “Additional Resources” Tab at the top of your profile.
- LinkedIn Jobs (to search jobs worldwide, you must create a LinkedIn profile)
Many of the links listed provide company rankings, history, yearly reports, as well as opportunities to check further salary research in various fields.
Featured Research Links
- To use log in to 'Jacketjobs and click on the “Additional Resources” Tab at the top of your profile.
- Goinglobal has information about not only jobs and internships, but what working in different countries is like, who they are hiring, and what markets are growing the fastest and where!
Create a free account to have access to great information about companies you are interested in!
- Employee reviews of companies and their benefits.
- Interview questions people have been asked by this company are available here
- Average Salaries for a wide variety of positions within their company.
- Links to current positions they have open
- This site links into “Universum” another site that tracks data on who are “The Most Attractive Employers”, both in the U.S and globally.
- In the “Stories” section of the website and read about people who have worked there and some of the perks that each employer offers.
- The “Career Profiles” Section actually matches different personality profiles with what types of employers they would work best with! Get to know what you environment you could flourish in!
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Information and Benefits
- The process of gathering information to expand your knowledge about a job, career, service and/or geographical area by talking to people
- The development of a professional support system to help you as you mature as a professional and that, in the future, will help you to support others
Crafts a network of contacts that may be helpful in the future, improving job leads beyond online search engines
Builds confidence in talking with people while learning what one needs to know
Gains perspective on work that goes beyond the limitations of job titles, allowing one to see what skills are required for the job and how one might fit into that work setting
Provides exposure to a variety of jobs and personalities, making the search for a "niche" much easier
UW-Superior alumni are an excellent source of information and you are guaranteed to have at least one thing in common: UW-Superior
Professors. They can be a wealth of information about specific disciplines they have encountered through their research or community involvement
Friends, family, supervisors, co-workers, coaches and acquaintances. Chat with people casually--on a plane or bus, while waiting in lines, at social gatherings, etc. Join a professional organization in your field and get involved. Curiosity can open a lot of doors
People you have heard about including lecturers, employers, prominent figures in the community, etc
- Professional Online Social Networking Sites (i.e. LinkedIn)
Contact and Connect
The most common method of making the first connection with a networking contact is in writing: e-mail, letter. In some circumstances, with a family friend or former employer for example, a phone call is fine
The letter should include: a brief introduction about yourself, why you are writing to the individual; a brief statement of your interests or experiences in the person's field, organization, or location and why you want to talk. Be straight-forward; tell him/her you are asking for information and advice. Do not ask for an internship or job
Ask for fifteen minutes to a half-hour of the person's time
Proofread all correspondences
Meet or Phone
Be polite! Dress professionally for your meeting as a sign of respect. Consider each person you talk with part of an ever-expanding network of contacts, and make a good impression in the hopes that the person will welcome you into their network as well
Ask thoughtful, appropriate questions. You should expect to have about 10-15 questions ready to ask for a half hour conversation. You may not get to ask them all, and other questions may come to mind during the conversation itself, but at least you will be prepared if the person provides only short answers. Really listen to what the person tells you
Be prepared for the person to ask you about your interests and experiences
Take notes. While it is important to maintain eye contact during in-person meetings, taking notes also demonstrates interest in what the person is saying. Make sure you write the person's name and the date on your notes so that you can refer back to them, either for your own purposes or when having a follow-up conversation with that contact
Keep the conversation relatively short. Whether you are talking by phone or in person, respect that the other person has many demands on his/her time
Maintain your network by communicating regularly with your contacts. Utilize these tips when maintaining your network:
Send thank you notes for anything
Send an article you think they'd be interested in
Give a career update
Holiday greetings and congratulations
Make a referral
Assist them with current challenges
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