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How to devise a smart job search strategy CHICAGO, IL -- Devise a smart job search strategy based on your career targets, brand, and achievements that enables you to access 200-300 potential opportunities in 3-6 months. Why 200-300? Because a job search is a bit of a numbers game. It takes an average of seven job interviews to produce one job offer. If you're conducting a full-time search, you should be able to make your 200-300 contacts in 90 days; if you're in a part-time search, then you'll likely need six months or more to make that happen.

But what constitutes a smart job search strategy? A savvy search strategy includes the following. Clear job search targets that define the position levels, titles, companies, industries, and geographic areas you are seeking. Enough targets. If there are fewer than 200-300 targets in your preferred geographic areas you may not be able to make enough contacts to generate enough interviews or offers.

The right search tactics. There are specific methodologies you can use to promote your candidacy. Which ones best suit your career level, personality, and available search time? First, define your career targets. Second, clarify which of the primary executive search tactics are right for you to leverage. There are 5: recruiters, job boards, targeted companies, LinkedIn, and networking. Third, develop a strategy for each search tactic you employ. Fourth, road map each search tactic and distill your plan into realistic weekly action steps.

Jones Career Development

Career Development provides career employment assistance to its students and alumni as well as employee candidate assistance for employers seeking to hire College students and alumni.

For Students and Alumni:

Career development assistance is a free, lifetime service available to students and alumni of the College.

Available services include, but may not necessarily be limited to:

  • identification of career options and opportunities
  • preparation of cover letters and resumes
  • locating potential employers
  • preparation of employment interviews

Students and alumni in need of career development assistance should register with Career Development. Registration can be accomplished online by clicking here; or calling 904-743-1122, extension 271, if in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area; or 1-800-331-0176, extension 271 if located outside of the Jacksonville, Florida geographical area.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are accepted at both of the on-ground Campuses.

For Employers:

Career development assistance is a free service available to employers wishing to hire students and alumni of the College.

Available services include, but may not necessarily be limited to:

  • making employment position openings available to students and alumni
  • participation in on-ground campus Career Fairs

Employers should register with Career Development. Registration can be accomplished online by clicking here; or calling 904-743-1122, extension 271, if in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area; or 1-800-331-0176, extension 271 if located outside of the Jacksonville, Florida geographical area.

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