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Job Search Planning

Your job search starts with having a clear understanding of your values, interests, personality traits, and skills. In the Career Center, we call this your VIPS. Understanding your VIPS helps you create a focused plan of action and develop effective resumes and cover letters.

Next, it is important to research potential jobs, careers, and industries and make connections to learn more about potential paths. Having a clear focus will greatly inform your search and help you stay competitive in the job market. Making the jump from college to work is challenging. The Career Center team is here to help you throughout the process.

Networking

Networking plays a critical role in a successful job and internship search, but is often overlooked.

Short-Term Opportunities and Gap Year

Many students choose to participate in one or two-year service experiences after graduation. These opportunities enrich your skills and knowledge while contributing to communities locally, nationally and globally.

Helpful Job Search Resources

Looking for additional resources to support you in your search. Find both national and international resources to support you.

Basic Search Strategies

Finding a job takes time so give yourself the necessary time. You will want to use multiple strategies for your search including web-based databases, job fairs and career events, and various networking opportunities. Approximately 80% of hires are found through networking or making connections. Keep this in mind as you allocate time to your job search.

Below are some helpful resources and links to get you started:

PioCareers

Lewis & Clark’s online job and internship database, PioCareers is where the Career Center posts opportunities for students. Through PioCareers, you can search and apply for job, internship, and volunteer positions targeted to Lewis & Clark students and create resumes and cover letters. Set up search agents and job alerts based on your specific interests and let PioCareers do the work for you. Download the Student User Guide.

Note: Current students can log into PioCareers using their Lewis & Clark username (without “@lclark.edu”) and password. Alumni can gain access by emailing careers@lclark.edu and requesting an account. 

Nationwide Internship Consortium (NIC)

The Career Center offers access to thousands of internships and fellowship listings through its membership with the Nationwide Internships Consortium (NIC). Download the Student User Guide.

Note: Current students can access NIC by logging into PioCareers using their Lewis & Clark username (without “@lclark.edu”) and password and then selecting the “Jump to NIC” button on the left side of the main page. Alumni can gain access by emailing careers@lclark.edu and requesting an account. 

LinkedIn Jobs

Create a profile highlighting your skills and experiences and leverage the world’s largest professional network to build relationships and connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.

 

”Glassdoor

Glass door is a free social network for job-searching and career development. What makes Glassdoor interesting and unique is that they provide specialized information about companies such as salaries, company reviews, interview questions and more - usually provided by people working for the company, people have interacted with said company and the companies themselves. The information is one-of-a-kind and it can be really helpful when making decisions concerning what companies to apply to.

First Avenue Career and Graduate School Fair

The Career Center co-sponsors the First Avenue Career & Graduate School Fair held each spring at University of Portland’s Chiles Center. First Avenue is the largest career and graduate fair of its kind in the Northwest with 100 to 150 recruiting organizations in attendance every year! Visit the First Avenue Career and Graduate School Fair website for more information. Transportation from Lewis & Clark will be provided!  Free shuttle service is provided throughout the day between Lewis & Clark and University of Portland. 

Lewis & Clark is a member of the Oregon Liberal Arts Placement Consortium (OLAPC), which organizes this annual fair. Other member institutions are: Eastern Oregon University, George Fox University, Linfield College, Pacific University, Reed College, University of Portland, Western Oregon University, and Willamette University.

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Resumes and CVs

You have 20 seconds to grab the attention of an employer with your resume. It is important to clearly and concisely demonstrate your unique knowledge, skills and abilities. Your resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) is what gives a potential employer a quick, concise and information-rich picture of your skills and experience as they apply to the particular position for which you are applying.

New to creating effective resumes? Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Begin with a Master Document outlining all of your experiences and skills. This document can be as long as you need to capture all of your experiences.
  2. Think about accomplishment and contributions, not just job responsibilities. Write action statements that reflect what you did, how you did and why it was important for each experience.
  3. Edit and refine your Master Document to one page to target specific positions. For most undergraduates or recent college graduates, a resume will be one page (two at the very most). In the U.S., a CV tends to be longer, covers more categories and is more appropriate when applying for academic positions. Internationally, sometimes the terms resume and CV are used interchangeably. Make sure to read your job, fellowship, or internship description carefully to see what length of document they are requesting.
  4. Review your documents more than once with help from Career Center. Remember: Your resume is the best reflection of you and your skills so spend some time re-editing and getting critical feedback!

Resources/Books available in the Career Center Library:

  • Vault Guide to Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing
  • Resumes for College Students & Recent Graduates
  • From College to Career – Entry-Level Resumes for Any Major (Asher)
  • How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae (Jackson, Geckeis)

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Cover Letters

Your cover letter is usually your first official introduction to an employer. Unlike your resume, your cover letter is written in a narrative style. This is your chance to showcase your writing skills, personality, and enthusiasm while highlighting the specific skills and experience that make YOU the right choice for the job. Employers will look for all of these things in your cover letter and use it as a key part of their overall assessment of you.

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Interviewing

While your resume and cover letter can get you in the door, they’re only designed to get you to the next step – the job interview. This is where hiring decisions are made so preparing for your interview is critically important. While you cannot anticipate every question you will be asked, you can prepare for many of them.

For many applicants, the interview is the most stressful part of the entire job search process. But it’s also your opportunity to shine and stand apart from the crowd.Practice is key so schedule a Mock Interview with a Career Counselor to work out the kinks!

Need help?
Schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

Resources/Books available in the Career Center Library:

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