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Optimize Your Job Search

The successful job seeker utilizes effective strategies and all resources at their disposal. Time should be wisely divided between browsing openings, networking, and the other forms of preparation described below. Furthermore, one can use the internet to research industries and organizations as well as access employer directories, such as CareerShift. Be a proactive job seeker and remember to think creatively about how to best conduct your job search.

The following checklist will help you optimize the effectiveness of your job search:

Clarify Your Job Target

  • Determine where your interests, abilities, and values fit best in the world of work and learn about career opportunities on the CDC website.
  • Select your preferred geographic locations and identify realistic starting salaries for your job target.
  • Complete internships and conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field.

Prepare Your Job Search Documents

  • Review resume and cover letter handouts on the CDC website or attend a resume and cover letter writing workshop.
  • Set up an appointment with a CDC counselor to have your documents reviewed.

Prepare For Your Active Job Search

  • Start networking by letting friends, relatives, faculty, professional colleagues, etc. know you are searching.
  • Create a professional LinkedIn profile and join/follow groups associated with your field.

Begin Searching


Develop Great Interview Skills

  • Attend the CDC’s interview workshop.
  • Pick up the interviewing handout in the CDC or view it on our website.
  • Scheduled a mock interview with a CDC counselor.
  • Plan your interview attire.

Follow Up

  • Follow up with organizations that you have not heard back from.
  • Send thank you letters after interviews.

Career Development Center

Buffalo State College  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Cleveland Hall 306
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5811  •  Fax: (716) 878-3152

askcdc@buffalostate.edu