Where Do I Start?
Many individuals search for jobs on major job websites like Monster.com and quickly become frustrated and discouraged when they cannot find the perfect job in the perfect location. Major companies use various job search engines, and most companies only advertise 15 - 20% of job openings!
As a Liberty University student, graduate, faculty or Alumni, what we call the Liberty Community, you have exclusive access to the LUNETWORK, Liberty University’s employer relations database. LUNETWORK is more than a jobs board, it is a tool used only by the Liberty Community and employers looking for Liberty University people. This means that employers locally, nationally and around the world purposefully join LUNETWORK and post their positions for internships and full time positions – both for entry level and seasoned professionals. Their objective – find Liberty University people!
A second resource for the Liberty Community is FOCUS 2, Liberty University’s career assessment and planning tool. This tool guides students through a reliable career and education decision making model to help them choose their major and make informed decisions about their career. It also has links to LUNETWORK and a plethora of other job board sites. To register, visit: FOCUS 2 Registration.
It is best to try numerous job search links and in-person strategies to find a better picture of jobs that are out there. Often, only large, major corporations can afford to spend thousands of dollars to advertise on major job search sites. Therefore, if your job search method is short sighted you could miss your chance at finding your "perfect" job at the "right" company. To get you started download the Job Search Game Plan and begin a focused and strategic search for your next job.
A Better Way to Search
1. Register first with Liberty University’s LUNETWORK and FOCUS 2 (Residential Students | Online Students). Knowing that employers are looking for Liberty University people could help make your search time shortened.
2. Schedule an appointment with the Liberty University Career Center to review your company choice, your resume, cover letter, and do a mock interview. Being prepared will put you way ahead of your competition.
3. Network with family, church friends, and relatives who do similar work to what you seek. Knowing the Human Resources contact at their company can be helpful.
4. Research companies thoroughly and become familiar with their past, present and future. Look at not only their web site(s), but also news articles and market reports such as Forbes, Market Watch, and many others.
5. Call companies firsthand to learn of available positions and job posting procedures. Stand out while abiding by their job search policies.
6. Conduct an informational interview with someone in your career field. Ask them critical questions about becoming successful in that career.
7. Post your resume on LUNETWORK. It is critical to have a positive online presence. Post a resume on search sites, but also consider using LinkedIn, a Virtual Resume service, or an "About Me" webpage.
8. Research web sources and printed material for current job trends and job openings. The career you find and love may not currently exist but it is on the edge of being created.
9. Utilize job hunting experts through Human Resource websites, top career pros on twitter, and career expert blogs. Learn the basics of job searching before you need one. Inform yourself.