Job Search Resources
Ask the Career Coach:
North Park's career development and internships office also serves graduate students, SAL students and alumni by offering the following assistance via email:
- Basic career counseling
- Resume and cover letter review
- Occupational resources
Career Investments LLC
Career Investments LLC is a job placement and career management firm with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago. During its team's 12 years in the industry, hundreds of talented individuals have been helped to advance their career progression through job placement and direct career consulting services. North Park students and alumni are eligible for a 10% discount on services.
|Indianapolis Corporate HQ
1830 N. Meridian St.,
Indianapolis, IN 46202
100 E. Walton St., Ste. 600W
Chicago, IL 60611
Toll-Free: (866) JOB-PLAN (502-7526)
The Axelson Center
North Park University's Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management has a listing of nonprofit job links for the nonprofit job seeker.
Additional Job Search Websites
Download a list of job search sites for a variety of career paths.
Actively Managing Your Career
Whether you are firmly planted in your career, considering a career change, recently been laid off or fearful of a possible layoff, or getting ready to graduate, now more than ever is the time for you to begin actively managing your career.
Top 10 Things You Can Do Now to Actively Manage Your Career
- Start your search now. Traditionally job search efforts have taken three to six months, but now career professionals recommend allowing at least six to nine months for a successful search.
- Revisit and redefine your career goals.
- Keep your resume up to date. Look at it at least once a month and make sure it's ready to go at a moment's notice.
- Make sure employers and recruiters can find you by posting a "keyword searchable" or "scannable" resume on several internet job sites. Emphasize your strengths and show tangible results.
- Know where to focus your efforts. Research the job market: a healthy understanding of industry job markets will make it much easier to research potential opportunities.
- Be flexible. You may need to widen your scope: consider a job outside of your chosen field, or consider temporary or volunteer work.
- Brush up on your skills. Take a class or two if needed. Update your certifications and credentials.
- Take every job seriously and show initiative — apply for multiple jobs.
- Create a 60-second infomercial about yourself. Also called an "elevator speech," this short description of who you are, what kills you have, and what your career goals and passions are can help you get an employer to ask you to share more. Be creative and memorable.
- Get connected! It is easier to land a job if you know someone on the inside. Network like crazy... let everyone know what your interests are.
Your network will consist of individuals you want to contact for career-related information. This could consist of family, friends, current and previous co-workers, current and former classmates, social acquaintances, and those you have met in professional organizations, church and civic groups.
Ten Tips to Follow When Networking
- Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others.
- Ask yourself what your goals are in participating in networking meetings so that you will pick groups that will help you get what you are looking for. Some meetings are based more on learning, making contacts, and/or volunteering rather than on strictly making business connections.
- Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest. Notice the tone and attitude of the groups. Do the people sound supportive of one another? Does the leadership appear competent? Many groups will allow you to visit two times before joining.
- Hold volunteer positions in organizations. This is a great way to stay visible and give back to groups that have helped you.
- Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.
- Have a clear understanding of what you do and why, for who, and what makes your doing it special or different from the others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others.
- Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others my help you. Too often people in conversations as, "How may I help you:" and no immediate answer comes to mind.
- Follow through quickly and efficiently on referrals you are given. When people give you referrals, your actions are a reflection on them.
- Respect and honor that and your referrals will grow.
- Call those you meet who may benefit from what you do and vice versa. Express that you enjoyed meeting them, and ask if you could get together and share ideas.