Preparing For Your Job Search

The 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.    

Resumes and Cover Letters

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

After you've created your first draft, make a resume review appointment by logging into Handshake and choosing Career Center. You can chat with a Career Services staff member for feedback and get all your resume questions answered. 

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 myriad 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.

Networking on LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn profile is your online introduction 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 first decide why and how you will use LinkedIn for your job search, and then update it accordingly.

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.

After the Interview

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.

Salary Negotiation

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.