Tips on How to Navigate the Job Search and Interview Process for Animal Science Students
10 Steps to Find and Get the Job You Desire – Daniel C. Simmons, CPC
A good rule of thumb: If you don’t know what you are looking for, you won’t find it. Figure out what you want first.
Step 1 DETERMINE PLAN A
- What functions do I really want to perform during your workweek?
- Where do I really want to live/have to live?
- What parts of the industry appeal to me?
- What do I expect to earn?
- Are these 4 realistic?
Step 2 CREATE A PLAN B
- What functions can I really do? (Consider your skills/abilities)
- Where can I live for the next 24 months? (Relocate to target with experience)
- What parts of the industry are acceptable to me? (Consider all the functions in the industry)
- What can I live on until I get a promotion?
- Are these 4 realistic?
Step 3 RECRUITERS
- Continental Search www.consearch.com
- Career Solutions www.careersolutionsco.com
- MRI – Sioux Falls www.agoodjob.com
- Hansen Agri-Placement www.hansenagriplacement.com
- Email or phone – explain Plan A
- Articulate it well
- Show your ag background if you have it. Provide some detail.
- Write your cover letter stating what you want and where, then why you are perfect for the job.
- Don’t expect miracles
If the recruiters can’t help you, then…
Step 4 JOB BOARDS
Specialty Job Boards
Step 5 EMPLOYER WEBSITES – employment sections
- Do a Google search on companies in the industry
- Use Hoover’s (www.hoovers.com)
- Find lists in trade papers
If your dream job isn’t posted on company websites then…
Step 6 EMPLOYER WEBSITES that don’t post the job you want
- Create a list of target companies. Write to the VP of the department you want to join. Call him. Google him. Find him/her on Linked in.
Step 7 LINKED IN
- Create a profile
- Share pertinent professional information
- Network with the people your professors know
- Network with the people your professors friends know
- Network with everyone your friends know and their parents know
- Find the people who do what you want and send them InMails
- If you can’t find their email, then call them at work and ask if their department is hiring and how to apply.
- What’s on your profile?
- What should be on your profile?
- Finding people to connect to just like Linked in
Step 9 NETWORKING
- Social Media
- Your professors
- Read blogs in the industry and contact the writers
- Reach out to the 30 most influential people in your area of interest that you can find. Ask for help.
- Meet everyone over 30 in industry at this meeting. I see you hanging out with your classmates, they can’t hire you. Others here can.
Step 10 YOUR RESUME and INTERVIEWING
- So what? Who cares? What does it mean for me?
- (Make certain your resume is about what it means to them)
- Line up your references. Get reference letters. Share them with everyone you interview with.
- Be prepared for testing, behavior based interview questions and long interview processes.
- How to CLOSE THEM on hiring you – I am very excited about this position, what is the next step?