1. Identify Your Interests and Criteria
Before you can begin the job search process you must first know what jobs you are interested in. Use self-assessments and industry research to learn about and target job functions, industries and geographic locations that interest you.
Second, it's important to understand your search criteria. Be honest with yourself about what is important in your career and personal life. Common search criteria are:
1. how well the job content corresponds to your interests/skills
2. prospects for advancement
3. training opportunities
5. growth potential for that industry/performance in down economy
6. corporate culture/affinity groups
7. work/life balance
After generating your search list criteria, create a list of 10-20 organizations with whom you are most interested in working.
These organizations should get most of your attention. Read through the job descriptions posted on Handshake and make a list of desired skills for these organizations and the positions that are of interest to you. This will ensure that you match the criteria the employers are looking for.