1. Self-Assessment

What type of job are you seeking? How is the Lord leading in your life?

  • Check out this page on “Choosing a Major: Pursuing God’s Will” and apply it to this initial step in the job-searching process.
  • Create a list of your experiences, strengths, skills and interests.
  • Develop a concise introduction (“elevator speech”) of who you are, what you are doing, and what you are planning to do in the future. Keep it under one minute.
  • Share your introduction with friends, family and professional acquaintances as you broaden the network of individuals who can help you identify potential employment opportunities.
  • Develop your resume and share it with potential employers and recruiters as you introduce yourself, whether or not they currently have employment opportunities at the time of contact.

Tip:

Use an Elevator Speech
Introduce yourself in one minute:

  • What–name, major, qualifications, experiences, and career goals
  • Who and Where–friends, relatives, teachers, employees, employers, recruiters at career fairs, company visits, cover letters, telephone calls, and email introductions
  • When–as often as possible throughout your college preparation and into the future
  • How–confidently with eye contact followed by use of good listening skills

Give the listener two options about how to assist:

  • By introducing you to someone in the organization who interviews candidates
  • By providing leads with whom to discuss your career goals and who can share with you how and where to find employment opportunities