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Looking for a Job

Whether you're looking for a full-time job after graduation, summer job, part-time job or an internship, the most successful job searches are targeted.

Before you embark on your job search you should know some key pieces of information:

  • What type of work are you looking for?
  • What makes you a good fit for the position in question?

You should already know the answers to these questions from working through the other sections of the My Career Plan Checklist. This is particularly important if you're looking for a "career job" but it's also important when looking for a "just for now" job.

Job Searching Steps

Looking for a Job: Identify your skills and accomplishments

1Identify your skills and accomplishments

The most important task associated with your job search is learning how to articulate your skills and accomplishments so you can write a great resumé and cover letter and effectively answer interview questions. more...

Looking for a Job: Learn effective job search strategies

2Learn effective job search strategies

There's more to a job search than simply applying for online postings, though the majority of job seekers confine their job search to exactly that... more...

3Understand the importance of a targeted job search

Many students panic at the prospect of not finding immediate employment and apply for any and every job that bears even a remote resemblance to their experience or skill set. This is a mistake for a number of reasons. more...

Looking for a Job: Write a resumé

4Write a resumé that highlights your accomplishments

In order to stand out as a strong candidate, it's your responsibility to ensure the employer understands how and why you would be a great fit for the position. more...

5Write an engaging cover letter

Your cover letter should never read like a form letter! It's your first introduction to an employer so make sure it's targeted. more...

6Develop your interview skills

It's natural to feel nervous at an interview! The best way to alleviate your anxiety and come across as confident and knowledgeable is to prepare ahead of time and practice, practice, practice! more...

Looking for a Job: Network


You're already networking (whether you know it or not!). The trick is to start networking purposefully. more...

8Effectively utilize your online presence

Remember those pictures of that spring break kegger you posted on your Facebook page? Maybe that wasn't such a great idea. more...

9Attend employer recruitment activities

Every year, employers from select industries come to campus to connect with York students and new graduates. more...

Looking for a Job: Attend employer recruitment activities

10Consider a job on campus

An on-campus job can be a convenient way to gain valuable work experience and make some money here at York while completing your degree. more...

11Use an online job posting site

Responding to online postings shouldn’t be your only job search strategy but it should definitely be a part of your strategy. more...

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