University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Job Search Strategies

Richard Bolles, the author of the best-selling career book, What Color Is Your Parachute? wrote "The person who gets hired is not necessarily the person with the best qualifications, it's the one who knows the most about getting hired!"

That's so true. Good job search strategies include gathering information about the job, the environment of the unit and the culture of the department. They also include understanding the ins and outs of the application process and the unique University culture surrounding job search.

The best job search strategies include:

  • Understand the University job application process.
  • Check the job postings at least once a week, if not more often.
  • Type your University application and complete it to match the job requirements.
  • Write a resume highlighting relevant experience. A resource for resume assistance is Resume Tutor.
  • Follow up on the application process.
  • Learn more about the posted jobs and the department posting the jobs by talking to people you know who work in or with the department. Or check with the HR Pro working in the department.
  • Network with other University employees regularly.
  • Write effective cover letters.
  • Prepare for interviews.
  • Write personal thank you notes.