Organize your search
Schedule time to dedicate yourself to the search and create a record-keeping system to track the opportunities you have explored, your network of contacts, etc.
Be open to different opportunities
Explore a variety of options and let yourself be open to different experiences.
Prepare targeted work search tools
Use work search tools that are tailored specifically to the opportunity; your efforts will be far more successful than a one-size-fits-all approach. Use our resources on resumes, cover letters, online profiles, networking, and more to get started.
Start thinking about potential references
Many opportunities will request a list of references, most often when applying for jobs and international opportunities. You will need three to five people who can communicate to the organization about your related skills. Use references that know you in a professional context (e.g. employers, supervisors, professors, etc.) over family and friends who only know you personally. Review our guidebook on reference letters for more information.
Give your references advance notice and keep them updated about who might be contacting them.
Perfect your interview skills
Interviews can arise on short notice so spend some familiarizing yourself with the interview process and practice answering interview questions.
Put personal supports in place
Adding a search for new opportunities to your already busy schedule can be challenging. Think about the supports you need to help you succeed. Our career advisors and career coaches can help you clarify your search goals, diversify your search methods and tools, and prepare for pursuing an opportunity.