Conducting a Job Search

It is important to remember that getting a great job depends on the amount of effort you put forth, as well as seeking after God's will on the matter. You should want more than just a "job," and must act and plan proactively rather than hoping to stumble onto an appealing opportunity. This is very different from college; this is real world stuff, and those in the real world may not instantly see your promise and potential the way your professors and administrators at ORU have. You will have to show them rather than assuming they will see your inherent value. There are three main areas you will need to focus on to successfully begin this process.

#1 Know Thy-Self
#2 Determining What You are going to be when You "Grow Up"
#3 Finding the Right Place at the Right Time

Sounds simple, doesn't it? The job search process can be exciting and rewarding, or it can be a long, frustrating experience if you are not prepared and do not know what to expect.


#1 Knowing Yourself

More than anything else, this really involves seeing the talents and desires the Lord has built into you. At ORU the first official step we take in this direction is a career assessment test to identify your areas of interest, values, strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits. Students can then generally choose a major or have their already chosen major confirmed. Throughout the rest of the college experience, students should note their increasing education, abilities, experiences, interests, hobbies, and personal goals.
In simply paying attention to these areas, you will increasingly be able to approach employers and let them know exactly what personal and professional skills you have that qualify you for the position they are looking to fill.
You may want to sit down, most likely while composing your latest, greatest resume, and take a full account of these vital areas. Writing out two or more pages will help you organize all this information, boost your confidence as you see what you have to offer, and give you plenty of great discussion topics for interviews.


#2 Determining What You are going to be when You ‘Grow Up'

Choosing a field that interests you is very important. This is where you really begin to get specific in your approach. Up to this point, you may have even spent all your time narrowing down what you don't want to do rather than pinning down what you want to do. So let's get specific. Wanting to make a lot of money is not specific. Wanting to work in the field of finance is more definite, but not enough. Wanting to be a financial consultant in the banking industry, now you're talking a precise career path.
From here, you can narrow down what companies have this type of position and would provide the opportunity, training, and potential advancement you are looking for in the long-term. Study current industry trends, salary ranges, availability, and where this position is most likely to take you in the future. Consider whether it assists you in accomplishing future goals that are on your heart. Ask professors, family, friends, and find networking contacts that can assist you in your information gathering process. Keep in mind that you do not need to know everything, but information is power and can give you a very competitive edge over your potential competition. Keep in mind that statistically you are most likely not making a lifetime commitment to this type of job. You may very well change not only jobs, but careers 3-4 times during your life, so don't feel like it's a lifetime commitment. This is probably just for the next few years and maybe more if you are content.


#3 Finding the Right Place at the Right Time

Obviously much prayer and consideration should have already gone into your career choice. Now it's a matter of finding the employer that can best utilize your skill set as well as equip you for the future. Remember that each industry is going to have a different take on the hiring process, so make sure your research is up to date so you will be properly prepared for the various nuances you may encounter as you find your job. In addition larger companies will have different hiring processes than smaller companies and may seem less personable simply due to this fact.

Various Avenues to use when pursuing a job

On-Campus Interviews
Job Search Database - Golden Hire Network
Company Websites
Online Applications
Direct Resume Emailing
Networking with family, friends, professors, alumni, city chamber networking meetings, at church, and with past employers
Professional Journals
Career Expos and Fairs

Be certain that in contacting potential new employers, they not only know who you are and what you can offer them, but why you are interested in working for their company.

On a side note, the fact that you may know you are called to work at a certain place is not the reason you should give the potential employer as to why you should work there (even if it's a ministry, they may ‘know' this as well, but let them ask you about this aspect or tell you first rather than bringing it up yourself). If God has called you to that place, your skill sets, talents, and desires will be in sync with the position, and that will speak volumes on your behalf. Use these areas as reasons you desire the position being offered rather than using your calling.