Job-Search Strategies and Time-Line
Complete Careers in Psychology (PSY 210), required of all psychology majors.
SUMMER BETWEEN JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEAR
Begin to identify your career interests and preferences. Analyze your skills
and values as they relate to potential career choices. Read the latest
edition of What Color Is Your Parachute? to clarify your interests
and skills and to familiarize yourself with job-hunting strategies.
Familiarize yourself with the information on the Careers in Psychology
Visit the Career Services Office and investigate their resources.
Begin gathering information about your occupational options. Read relevant
articles in sections 1-4 of Is Psychology the Major for You?. Read
about various careers in the Occupational Outlook Handbook). Develop
a list of personal and professional contacts that will enable you to gather
information about specific career areas. Conduct informational interviews
with these contacts to learn about the nature of the work they do.
Work with your faculty advisor to select major, minor, and/or elective
courses in areas that are relevant to your career interests. (See the page
titled, "Suggested Courses to Develop Skills that
Prospective Employers Want.") Make tentative plans about when you will
take these courses.
Investigate opportunities for summer jobs or volunteer work that will give
you job-relevant experience. Prospective employers value such experience.
Work on clarifying, further, your career interests and preferences.
Continue to conduct informational interviews and begin to make preliminary
decisions about career options.
Review/revise/reaffirm your appraisal of your skills, needs, interests,
and values as these relate to your career choices.
Visit the Career Services Office to see what kinds of resources they have
Continue to gather information about potential career areas.
Consider doing volunteer work that will allow you to develop job-relevant
Consider enrolling in a Practicum or Field Experience course. (This course
helps you gain practical experience through volunteer field work in applied
settings. You and your supervising faculty member select the site.)
Review information from the Career Services Office on writing cover letters
and résumés and on job interviewing.
Develop a draft résumé. Show it to your advisor and get his/her
feedback. Revise your résumé accordingly.
Request letters of recommendation from appropriate contacts (faculty, past
employers, Field Experience supervisor, etc.). Ask them to keep a computer
file of your letter so they can print out a copy when you need one.
Develop an off-campus job search strategy. Focus on several career options
and establish a list of job leads derived from a variety of sources: personal
and professional contacts, employer directories, want ads, job listing
Register for on-campus interviews at the Career Services Office. Research
company literature to prepare for interviews for which you have been pre-selected.
Continue to develop job leads.
Send out cover letters and résumés. Follow up within 10 days
with a phone call. Attempt to schedule job interviews during Christmas
break for off-campus contacts.
Go to interviews as appropriate. Write thank you notes and send within
one week after visit.
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Consider doing volunteer or field experience work that will allow you to
develop job-relevant skills if you have not already done so.
Continue your job-searching. Remember: assertiveness and perseverance will
pay off. Good luck!
Lloyd, M. A. (1997, August 12). Job-Search Strategies and Time-Line.
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