Get the Job
After developing a career plan based on self-assessment, research, and goal setting, you should have a better understanding of yourself and your desired career path. With these career goals in mind, you are ready to secure the job you want with a targeted job search approach.
The following sections provide information, tools, and resources to guide you in developing strong marketing materials, implementing strategic job search strategies, leveraging your network, and acing your interview.
"Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire." -Dan Zevi
WGU Career & Professional Development is pleased to offer WGU students and alumni access to Big Interview, a free and comprehensive interview preparation and practice system.
"If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there."- Robert Kiyosaki
Upwards of 85% of open positions are filled through networking (payscale.com). If you are looking for work, focus your time on building your network rather than pouring through online listings. Networking is simply establishing and leveraging relationships through conversations with people who are and will become your friends and community of colleagues as you go through your career. Developing your network is easy because you know more people than you think you know.
Start developing your network today by following these steps:
"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose." - Zora Neale Hurston
Researching employers can help you identify companies that are a “good fit” for you, network effectively, target your resume, and prepare for an interview. A company’s website is a great place to start your research – but don’t stop there.
The following resources offer additional insights into organizations that will be helpful to your job search:
"You can observe a lot by just watching." - Yogi Berra
WGU Career & Professional Development offers ongoing webinars covering career topics such as resumes, LinkedIn, job search, career planning, and more! Check out our complete listing of upcoming Career Events, and sign up today!
- Resumes: Learn about the process of writing a compelling resume that can beat the applicant tracking system and showcase your experiences.
- Writing a Compelling Cover Letter: Learn about the process of writing a compelling cover letter that can introduce yourself and your resume.
- Handshake 101: You've heard the buzz, but what is Handshake all about? In this workshop, you will learn how to get the most out of your Handshake account. We will walk through building a complete profile, using Handshake's job search and networking capabilities, finding information in the resource library, and conducting employer research in the system.
- Interviewing 101: In this webinar, we cover what to do before, during, and after the interview to make a great impression and help you get the job! We also discuss strategies for different types of interviews, such as phone interviews, video interviews, and recorded video interviews (like HireVue). Finally, we walk through the Big Interview practice platform and demonstrate how to use it to prepare for an interview.
- Overcoming Job Search Obstacles: Learn about some strategies to help better understand and overcome potential obstacles with your job search.
- Networking and the LinkedIn Alumni Tool: View this workshop to gain insight into how to bulid your network and how to leverage WGU's student and alumni network to explore career paths, make connections, and uncover employment opportunities.
- Why do I Feel Like a Fraud? Understanding and Working With Imposter Syndrome: Do you find yourself feeling like you don’t deserve to be in your current position or like you will be “found out” any day now? Do you have the tendency to attribute your career success to “luck” instead of true talent, skill, and ability? You may be suffering from imposter syndrome, which is defined as “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persists despite evident success.” View this webinar, which discusses characteristics of imposter syndrome, ways to identify this challenging phenomenon, ways to mitigate the negative messages that you may reinforce to yourself, and strategies to put to work right away.
- Career & Professional Development Webinar Recordings: Check out our complete listing of available recordings to explore more career-related topics today!