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Developing a Job-Search Plan


The Office of Career Development at Shawnee State University houses a variety of resources to assist you in developing your personal job search plan. You can find resources in the Student Career Development Office and the Library. To assist your planning efforts, the following summary highlights some of the primary topics you will need to consider.

Set Aside Time

Searching for a job takes more time than you might imagine. The first takes is to establish your goals. How many hours per week will you devote to your job search? Schedule those hours on your weekly calendar. Determine how many cover letters and resumes you will send out each week and how many interviews you will schedule each week.

Be Decisive

  • Carefully define your career objective(s).
  • Determine the geographic areas in which you are willing to work.
  • Calculate the income you are seeking.
  • Determine the benefits important to you.

Develop, Purchase, or Gain Access to the Resources You will Need to Conduct Your Search

  • Resume(s)
  • Cover letter(s)
  • Interviewing skills
  • Resume paper (Free in Adm 036)
  • Business apparel for interviews
  • Funds for traveling to interviews
  • Databases/calendar for tracking status of Job inquires
  • Sources of information regarding job opportunities
  • Phone
  • Copier
  • Postage
  • Envelopes

Research Sources of Information Regarding Job Opportunities

  • Specialty - business, education, health, social service, technical, etc.
    • Student Career Development and most libraries house these and other directories.
  • Visit Career Development for a list of relevant sites.
  • Explore selected comprehensive career-related sites on the Web.
  • Explore selected local, state and federal government web sites.
  • Explore corporate and agency web sites.
  • Register with College Central Network for job opportunities and career advice
  • Newspaper classified ads are easily accessed online.
Job Search Literature

Career Development and most libraries house a variety of books describing job search techniques. These resources often list sources of information regarding job opportunities.

  • Alert everyone you know to the fact that your are seeking employment. People will help you...if you ask!
  • Contact anyone who you feel may assist you in your job search effort.
  • Maintain regular contact with Student Career Development staff.
  • Register with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Take Advantage of the Student Career Development Staff
  • Meet with a member of the Student Career Development team as needed.
  • Explore the services and resources housed in Student Career Development.
  • Utilize career resources both in the Student Career Development office and in the Library.

Student Career Development

Contact Information

Nikki Karabinis
Assistant Director
Phone: (740) 351-3027
Fax: (740) 351-3108

Melissa Essman 
Internship Assistant
Phone: (740) 351-3358

Peer Career Team 
Phone: (740) 351-3784

Office hours

8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday
Administration Building, 036

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