Need Help Finding a Job?

Julie Craig | juliec@uark.edu | P:(479)575-3283 
Erin Wooldridge | ewooldri@uark.edu  | P:(479)575-2430 

After you've used the job listings several times do you still find that: positions are already filled when you get there; the employer is considering several people and you aren't called; you can't find anything you're interested in; the job doesn't pay enough; or you don't have appropriate experience?

Keep trying. New positions are added every day. Don't exclude off-campus (or on-campus) positions. Don't wait several days before setting up an interview. As an alternative to the job listings you may wish to contact various departments or businesses directly. Many employers hire through personal contacts. Call the employer back if you don't hear from them after a few days.

If you aren't hired, re-evaluate your interviewing skills. What you do and say during the first 10 seconds of an interview may determine whether you are hired. Serious job candidates take the job search seriously. The first impression is a lasting impression. Dress appropriately and be on time for the interview. Prepare for the interview by re-reading the job description and reviewing your own skills and abilities.

If you are having difficulty obtaining a job in your selected area of interest, you may wish to re-evaluate your present goals. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover that you enjoy a job in which you didn't think you had an interest. Taking a position in a different area of interest will provide you with varied employment experiences.

Money isn't everything ... If you feel the job is underpaid, you may be right. However, a job provides much more than just wages. By working (regardless of the pay, including volunteer work) you obtain valuable interpersonal skills, job training, and a sense of what you like and don't like in a job. All of these factors are helpful when you seek employment after graduation.

If you don't have enough experience, there are several options. You can accept a lower level position, consider doing volunteer work to gain experience, join committees or organizations that deal with your interest, or talk to people who are employed in the field in which you are interested. Find out how they got to where they are.