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Career Development Center

Job Market Strategies

Career Success

“Conducting a successful job search isn’t simple, nor does it begin when you suddenly find yourself in need of a job.  The search requires ongoing preparation — and a lot of commitment, hard work, risk-taking and luck.  The trick isn’t just to get a job, but to get a job that fits you.  The job search isn’t simply a matter of who will hire you now, but of what career path you’ll pursue.”
-Christopher Pratt

Successful job seeking requires aggressive action. It requires a significant investment of time, money, energy and ego. It requires hard work. To survive in today’s highly competitive and rapidly changing job market, you will need the right attitude, the right mental approach, the right preparation and a new set of survival skills. You will need… A good understanding of yourself and the right job for you… Knowledge of types of jobs and what they require… A method to help you choose and plan long-term career goals… Knowledge of effective job-seeking skills… And how to succeed on the job once you have it.

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Professional Toolbox

The UM Career Development Center will equip and prepare you for entry into today’s competitive job market. We will help you develop the tools you need to be successful, including a professional resume, cover letter, interview skills, etiquette and protocol, networking techniques, and job search strategies.

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RESUME | Candidates in the job market will need to submit a resume in their behalf. This document highlights your experience, education, and skills. It is a promotional piece that presents you in terms of your most relevant qualities.

LETTERS | Cover letters, networking letters, introduction letters, and follow-up letters are all necessary for professionals in the job market. Your correspondence is an important part of your presentation.

INTERVIEWS | Candidates will need to be able to present themselves in a job interview using good verbal and interpersonal communication skills. It is critical that you are able to respond to questions effectively and present information about yourself in a positive and promotional way.

ETIQUETTE | Candidates in the job market must have a good understanding of professional etiquette and protocol. Your attire, conversation, behavior, and interaction must be appropriate for a professional setting.

NETWORKING | Candidates seeking professional opportunities must know how to use effective prospecting and networking techniques. To be successful, you need to be able to conduct extensive research, organize your resources, and manage your campaign.

Career Coaching

The UM Career Development Center offers professional career coaching and resources regarding your preparation for the job market. We provide resume samples, resume critiques, interview preparation tools, mock interviews, employments leads, and contact information.

Professional Tools
Job Market Strategies
Skills Employers Value
Job Postings