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Stand Out in the Job Search

  • iconGoogle

    Get your name at the top of a Google search by writing a review of a book relevant to your field on

  • iconConsider Blogs

    Find the hiring manager's blog and comment on it in the interview. Write about your interests and professional aspirations, and when employers search your name, your blog will come up. Start your own blog today!

  • iconThink Outside the Box

    Don't tie yourself to one industry or employer. Use your skills to explore various options.

  • iconNetwork, Network, Network

    Did you know that 60% - 85% of jobs are found through people you know? Network, network, network!

  • iconInformational Interviewing

    Conduct informational interviews to gather information about a profession, industry, and/or company.

  • iconLinkedIn

    Join LinkedIn and build your profile, follow companies, get introduced through your connections to people in professions that interest you, and apply for internships and jobs.

  • iconSanta Clara University Alumni Association on LinkedIn

  • iconFacebook

    Make sure your Facebook account is professional.

  • iconVolunteering at a Non-Profit

    Volunteer at your favorite non-profit organization to get your foot in the door.

  • iconCover Letters

    Tailor a cover letter for every position you apply for.

  • iconBusiness Cards

    Order your own business cards through VistaPrint.

  • iconPhone Follow-Up

    When possible, follow up with a phone call to the hiring manager after you've submitted an application. Have questions prepared and ask if he/she has a few moments to talk with you about the position. Be prepared for an informal interview.

  • iconThank-You Notes

    Follow up after every interview within 24 hours with a thank-you note.

  • iconJob Boards

    When you post your resume to job boards, revisit the job boards frequently and make small changes to your resume; this will improve your resume's position in search results.

    Diversify your online job search by identifying industry-specific job boards.

  • iconProfessional Literature

    Read scholarly journals, trade magazines, newsletters, and specialty publications. Take advantage of the Career Center’s subscription to the American City Business Journals. Professional literature may include job postings as well as serve as a resource for identifying key people, including hiring managers.

  • iconOnline Databases

    Take advantage of the databases available to you through the SCU Library. Use the business databases, Factiva and Hoover's, to conduct employer research to prepare for an interview. Hoover's is also an excellent resource to identify companies by industry in a given location.

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