Preparing for your job search

Job SearchThe average employer knows whether they are going to interview you within 10 seconds of reading your resume.  Make those seconds count.  DVC Career Services can support your job search efforts through our online job board, one-on-one assistance developing a professional, industry-specific resume and cover letter, and improving interviewing confidence and techniques.  Don’t try and do this on your own.  It is our job to teach you the skills that will make you successful in this endeavor.    Please explore the useful links and documents on this webpage for more information.    

Create/update your LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile is your shop window to recruiters and potential employers, and the first place which potential recruiters will look when they are considering contacting you. Like any social networking medium you need to firstly decide why and how you will use LinkedIn for your job search, and then update it accordingly.


Create/update your resume and cover letter

A resume is a written compilation for your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments that is used to apply for jobs


Job Search and Career Resource Search Center wants you to achieve your academic and career goals. To help, we’ve provided in-depth information on how to pursue a myriad of careers, as well as how to conduct an effective job search, resume tips, marketable LinkedIn profiles, volunteering, green and non-profit jobs and much more. Our guides include insight and advice from several experts and extensive research on different career paths.

Hone your interview skills

In interviews, your job is to convince a recruiter that you have the skills, knowledge and experience for the job. Show motivation and convince a recruiter that you fit the organization’s culture and job description, and you get that much closer to an offer.


Before the interview

1.      Research the employer/company.

  • This will help you answer questions -- and stand out from less-prepared candidates.
  • Visit the organization’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do.
  • Review the organization's background and mission statement.
  • Assess their products, services and client-base.
  • Read recent press releases for insight on projected growth and stability.

2.      Anticipate certain questions.

3.      Plan what to bring.

  • Extra copies of your resume and cover letter
  • A notepad or professional binder and pen
  • A list of references
  • A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant

4.      Dress appropriately.

  • Go neutral. Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes, is best.
  • Semi-formal. If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.
  • Plug in that iron. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.
  • Dress to impress. Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.
  • A quick guide to professional dress

5.      Be on time. In fact, be at least 15 minutes early.

6.      Participate in mock interviews.


After the interview

1.      Thank-you notes

  • You should always send a thank-you note/email after you interview for a position or meet with someone for career-related advice. By sending a thank-you note, you demonstrate clear appreciation for the time the employer or contact took to speak with you.
  • Thank you note examples

2.       Salary Negotiation Tips

  • Salary negotiation can be a complicated, confusing, confidence-rattling experience. There are lots of questions to be answered, and in nearly every situation, part of the answer is “it depends” -- on number of years in the workplace, what the salary level is, what the job and industry are, and how much leverage you have. Here are some quick tips to help you.
  • 8 Quick Salary Negotiation Tips
  • 10 Salary Negotiation Tips