Searching for a job is a commitment and requires a lot of effort.
Below is the list of steps the our office recommends following for a successful job search.
Step 1: Resume
Revise and perfect your resume with the assistance of the Office of Career Planning. Most, if not all, jobs require a resume as part of the application. Please review our Resume Guide for more information.
Before meeting with a staff member of our office, please review the sample resumes listed in the guide for examples of content and formatting.
Step 2: Job Search
After your have revised and finalized your resume, your next step is to start looking for jobs. We advise students to access SageLink and job search websites. Students can also search the Book of Lists in the Albany Business Journal to find top companies in their industry of interest in the Capital District. To Access the Book of Lists, click here, and locate “Book of Lists” on the right hand side under “Resources” section.
Step 3: Network
It is estimated that over 70% of jobs are secured through networking. Our office recommends using LinkedIn as a starting point to network with Sage students and alumni.
We encourage all students to create and maintain a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is a great resource and is a valuable tool for networking.
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Step 4: Cover Letter and Employer Research
When writing a cover letter, it is imperative that you research the company in which you are applying to. The cover letter is your chance to demonstrate that you have done your research, understand what the company is about and stands for, and your fit within that company.
For each job that you apply to, you must tailor your cover letter. Companies know when they get a general cover letter and one that has not been written for their specific job posting.
Utilize the job description to show that you understand the connection between what they want for the position and what you have to offer. For more information on writing a cover letter, review our Cover Letter Guide.
Step 5: Interview
We encourage all students and alumni to schedule a mock interview with one of our staff members. We tailor each mock interview to the position that you are applying to and try to make it as realistic as possible. To schedule a mock interview, please contact us at [email protected] or 518-242-1810 (Albany) or [email protected] or 518-244-2272 (Troy).
You must tailor your answers to interview questions based off of the company and position that you are applying to. For more information and tips for interviewing, please review our Interviewing Guide.