Are you ready to apply your expertise and education to a new career path but need assistance navigating the job search process? Empower yourself to be the most competitive candidate by utilizing a comprehensive approach that allows you to stand out from the crowd. Leverage the following job search strategies to expedite your search, get noticed and land multiple interviews.
Create your Handshake account
All jobs and internships shared by employers working with WPAOG Career Services are posted in Handshake. Create your Alumni account today to see what employers are already in our portfolio seeking grads just like you.
Define Your Ideal Job Type
Having clarity on your ideal job type leads to a more organized and efficient job search. Defining your preferences and expectations of a job not only saves you time when assessing opportunities, but also increases the relevance of those opportunities when sourced through job listing sites and your connections. Sometimes, the ideal job may not even exist and you may have the opportunity to influence a hiring manager to create it. Are you prepared to have this conversation? Check out our resource library on Handshake to help you define a job type that best enables you to succeed.
Do an Azimuth Check
In an increasingly crowded job market, one of the most important search strategies you can use to differentiate yourself from the competition is to simply be present. Getting noticed by your desired employers has less to do with submitting online applications and more to do with ensuring that you are consistently in the right places (physically and virtually) at the right time while conveying your brand within the right context. Find out where your target employers “hang out” and plot multiple routes to meet them there.
Customize Your Resume
A well-written resume is customized and serves as a marketing tool that positions your brand and relevant qualifications as a unique solution to the needs of the hiring manager, as detailed in the job description. Before crafting your resume, ensure that you first conduct a market assessment to uncover trends in the needs of your target employers and to learn what your competition has to offer. You’ll have a much better chance of landing an interview when a hiring manager can see this level of detail and preparedness in your resume. Build or audit your resume using best practices shared in our resume writing guide. Find this in our resource library on Handshake.
Network into Interviews
Employee referrals remain the primary source of new hires for employers and, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 70% of positions are obtained through networking. Building a powerful network requires time, preparation and exchanging value with your connections. Work with us to learn how to grow and leverage your network to open doors to new opportunities. Find our Interview Tips sheet in our resource library on Handshake.
Boost Your Online Brand Presence
Make a professional and positive first impression with recruiters and employers by giving your online brand presence a serious boost. With 84% of organizations currently sourcing candidates through social media and 9% more planning to do so this year, make sure you rank well online and that your target companies can easily find you by incorporating current best practices in your online engagement strategy. Find this in our resource library on Handshake.
Ace the Interview
Congratulations! You’ve just landed an interview for your ideal job. Interviews are your opportunity to impress your experiences and personality for your ideal job on an unknown entity, so being fully prepared – no matter what the position and level – is paramount to your success. Preparing for an interview is a lot to do on your own, so our team is here to help!
Attend Career Events
Each year, WPAOG Career Services hosts and supports a variety of career and professional development programs to help you explore career paths and network with employers looking to hire West Point graduates. Find the below – and more – in Handshake.
- Service Academy Career Conference (SACC), hosted quarterly with the other four service academy alumni organizations
- Employer Networking Events
- Employer Information Sessions
- Workshops series, focused on guiding grads through the career development process
- West Point Society Career Networking events
Our team is also available to deliver online programs for your class or society on career development topics. Request a program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.