What Kind of Job Are You Looking For?

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We’re taking a cue from Naomi Dunford’s post on IttyBiz called Let’s Play a Game – What’s Your Home Business? and adapting the idea to job search. By the way, here’s our response to Naomi’s post.

So.

Let’s play a game.

What kind of job are you looking for?

We always love to hear reader feedback, so we’re going to open this post up for our readers to leave comments. If you’re visiting One Day, One Job, then you’re probably looking for an entry-level job. Tell us what you’re looking for, so that we can better serve you with our daily posts and articles.

The Questions

Answer these questions by leaving a comment or writing a post in your own blog and linking to this post.

1. Who are you? What is your background and what are you good at?

2. What do you want to do after you graduate?

3. Do you have a particular field or industry of interest?

4. Are there any companies that you’ve focused your job search on?

5. What job search techniques or skills would you like to learn about?

Why You Should Participate

We take requests.

For every company that we write a post about, there are dozens that we don’t write about. We might have found the perfect job for you, but we didn’t write about it because the company was light on other entry-level offerings. We won’t know to tell you unless you tell us what you’re looking for. Not only can we help you individually with your job search, but you (readers) can help each other by publicly sharing what you’re looking for. If there’s enough interest in one area, we can refocus our research to better address reader demand.

Beyond giving us feedback, you never know who might see what you’re looking for. There are plenty of employers who visit One Day, One Job regularly, and they might see your comment and want to hire you. Make sure that you use a valid e-mail address (we won’t publish it), so that we can contact you if we find any specific opportunities for you.

Be sure to share this post with your friends. If more people participate, the information in this post will be more valuable.

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8 responses to “What Kind of Job Are You Looking For?”

  1. Elyse says:

    1. I am Elyse Goldberg. I am about to graduate from Boston University with a B.A. degree in International Relations and a minor in Chinese. I’m good at analysis, critical thinking, anything to do with computers and technology, having fun outdoors, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and skiing. I know a fair bit about Chinese politics, specifically foreign policy, and I’ve taken four years of Chinese language (including a couple of semesters in Classical Chinese).

    2. After I graduate I would like to get into the “real world,” at least for a little while. I would like a break from the hours of tedious character-memorization and hundreds of pages of history/political science reading every night. Although I am a “super nerd,” and would like to eventually go to graduate school, I believe I first need a sound basis in the working world to figure out precisely what I want to study.

    3. I hope that getting into the working would will help me narrow down my industry preference. I love international relations but am not ready to devote my entire life to government or non-profit work. Realistically I’m looking for a job in just about any industry that will help me gain a knowledge of business development or operations. I am particularly interested in contract negotiation. Unrealistically, I am keenly interested in Brazilian jiu jitsu and would love to have a job that involved that, or Mixed Martial Arts (i.e. through promotion, organization, athlete management etc.).

    4. When I began my job search I focused on three types of companies: international business consulting, international finance, and technology companies with an international focus. I soon wised up and realized that I probably wasn’t going to score interviews in any of those industries since I don’t have direct connections to any of them.

    5. I would like to learn about getting your foot in the door without a personal connection in place before hand. What other channels of application can you pursue besides those online forms? How do you get your resume seen if a company basis their search on key words and automated processes?

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  2. Heather says:

    First of all, I stumbled upon this website and it keeps me coming back everyday. Cheers!

    1. Hey, my name is Heather Bailey and I am graduating in less than a week (!) from the University of North Carolina- Wilmington. I will have a BS degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Entrepreneurship and Business Development. I love to travel, experience new cultures, and learn new things. I have studied abroad in Perth, Western Australia and recently backpacked through Europe. I am good with communicating, organization, computers/technology, collaborating with others, and I am fast and motivated learner. I enjoy being creative and being around the beach or the mountains.

    2. After I graduate there are heaps of ideas that I have, its just hard to decide which one to pursue immediately. Before I completely devote myself to my business making custom purses and accessories I would like to work for another company and learn from others. I know there is a lot of value in getting outside experience. I want to have my business as something I purse on the side for a while (I have already started the business, Avec Amour Designs). I am also thinking about doing something for others, since the last 4 years have been focused on me and graduating. I am possibly thinking about pursuing volunteering opportunities or the Peace Corps, but not sure if I should work and save first.

    3. I would love to work in the action sports, travel, or fashion/design industry. I would enjoy all these industries because of my own personal interests. I am not limited to just these industries, but open to really any and everything that might spark my interest.

    4. I would love to work for a company with an extremely awesome culture. Burton Snowboards is definitely at the top of my list because they are a really great company and it would be an awesome job. I have looked into other companies like Backcountry.com, Nike, National Geographic, Contiki Tours. These are just a few that I have looked at, but the possibilities are endless. I would like to work in Marketing or Business Development.

    5. I would also like to learn how to break into a company without connections and make my resume stand out in an automated job search. Also on a more personal side, I would like to know how to optimize my degree in Business Development. A lot of BD jobs listed are not entry-level, and I believe I bring a much wider and thorough perspective that incorporates all aspects of business. I do not know the best way to search for a job; I have mainly been focusing on marketing jo

  3. Bethany says:

    1. Who are you? What is your background and what are you good at?
    I’m a spring 2008 college graduate. I majored in Political Science (concentrating in International Studies and Comparative Policies) with a minor in English Literature. I am a very fast learner and self-educating. I can research anything quickly and I am very resourceful. I am a good writer and I easily connect complex events and together in a transcendent theme that makes sense. I can explain theories very well to an “average person” and I can expand an idea or shrink it down to esoteric details. I also think I have good professional “people skills”.

    2. What do you want to do after you graduate?
    I am looking for a position as a research assistant in a think tank that studies international issues. I ultimately will go back to school for my Master’s or my Ph.D.

    3. Do you have a particular field or industry of interest?
    I am very interested in the causes of war/human rights/arms negotiations/diplomacy, as well as methodology.

    4. Are there any companies that you’ve focused your job search on?
    I’ve focused my search on the major think tanks and non-profits in the New York area, but I would move to Washington D.C. if I can’t find a job by the end of summer.

    5. What job search techniques or skills would you like to learn about?
    I would love to hear about opportunities outside of the big research institutes that everyone knows about. These positions are highly competitive and seem very random. I consider myself a competitive candidate, and I actually made a big spreadsheet to organize my search. I recently applied for a position that receives on average, 500-700 applications per opening. These odds are very disconcerting, especially because I would actually prefer to work for a smaller, lesser-known organization and receive one-on-one face time with senior research fellows. These types of jobs in academia are so difficult to find as they are not featured on MonstorTRAK or CareerBuilder.

  4. judia says:

    i will graduate from university in China.Some times everythings doesn’t go smoothly in my life .i really in dilemn.and sometimes i doubt about my ability .people around me are well-done .i like travelling and reading in a quiet room .for my future ,i didn’t have a good plan yet ,everything is changeable .

  5. Jana Price says:

    Hello! My name is Jana and I am one semester away from graduating with my Master’s in business administration. First of all, my background consists of science, mainly. I was always interested in forensics and chemistry and things of that nature. I graduated last May with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I was headed down the path for medical school, when I had a wake up call and decided it was not right for me! So now I am trying to figure out exactly what type of job is right. I am very good at listening, critical thinking and organizing. I love to solve problems of any kind and I love opportunities to grow and make myself better at anything I try. I am very determined and ambitious. I have made it through my education so far with a 4.0 GPA. I hope to finish my Master’s with this GPA as well.

    As graduation is approaching in August, I am currently searching for jobs that may fit my experience and education. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I am actually starting to get nervous that I will not be able to find “the job” I want before graduation, which puts me in limbo. I would love to have a job, entry-level is fine, just to get me out there so I can begin to climb the ladder!

    Being that I started out interested in healthcare and science, this is the field I would like to focus on except in a managerial/administrative perspective. I have found that my passion is to lead, envision and promote change in whatever I do. I would love to have a career in forensic science, hospital administration, or anything that will allow me to be around both of my passions- science and business.

    Throughout my job searching process, I have found some companies that I do tend to focus on and check their sites repeatedly for openings. At a job fair last year, I met a few representatives with Albermarle Corporation. I was very interested in taking a job with them, especially since they informed me they like to hire people with an MBA especially with a science background…that’s me! I was so thrilled but have yet to see a job opening for exactly that. Another company I tend to check on frequently is LabCorp. I focus mainly on their laboratory manager openings.

    I would mainly like to focus on how to have a stand-out resume. I want to know how to make the employer want to read my resume, especially when I lack experience, which I have found is what most employers look for. Besides my part time jobs and graduate assistantships, I have not been able to put in the many years of experience that so many employers request. I would also like to find out how to use job finding search engines more efficiently. It seems so overwhelming, I frequently get frustrated when looking on those sites. There is just so much out there and it is hard to know exactly how to narrow it down without eliminating jobs that may be right for me.

    Thanks so much for your help! I love this site, so glad I stumbled upon it!

  6. Shy says:

    I have Political Science degree. I graduated from college in 1999. I worked four and a half years as a correctional officer and six months as a client service manager for a home health agency. Unfortunately do to my health I had to quit. I have not worked in two years. Now I am trying to get back on my feet. The problem is that the jobs I find related to my degree ask for at least 8-10 years of experience and I do not have that. Are there any political science related jobs out there for me.

  7. Sara says:

    Hi My name is Sara I am a Junior in High School. I know its a little early to look for jobs, but I want to major in Southeast Asian studies or some sort of Asian Area Study and I want to know what kind of job I can have with that. I really like to travel and could see myself living abroad for a long time, but I want to live in one specific place so when I have a family we don’t have to move around much. I don’t mind going out of the country I’d be living in for a few weeks, but I want to be mainly stationed there. I looked into being a foreign service officer but they move every 2-4 years. Is there a job that is better for me but still has good pay? I don’t mind learning new languages and getting training

  8. roubina says:

    I have 3 years retail sales experience in the fashion industry and have developed excellent selling techniques and customer service. I also posses a certificate in the Microsoft Office Suite.

    I consider myself to be hardworking, energetic with a polite and friendly manner and could make a valuable contribution to the vacancy you find that matches my skills.

    I am available for interview at any time convenient to you, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

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