Step 3: Identify Preliminary Target Employers and Industries

After completing the self-assessment of your goals and skillset, begin looking at the employers that typically hire your major. Look at the employers that recruit at ISU, employers that are located in areas that you would like to live, and employers in industries that interest you. Use CyHire, company websites, social media sites, internet searches for companies in particular industries, and other sources to identify employers. The goal at this point is to develop a long list of employers that hire your major and you would consider for employment. Once you have your list of preliminary target employers, you will use it to help guide your research and networking. As you learn more about the employers and their employment opportunities, begin to identify your main interests and your secondary interests, and remove from your list any company that you want to eliminate from further consideration.

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Sources of Information

CyHire should be your primary source of information because all companies that recruit ISU engineers must post their employment opportunities in CyHire. They will also use CyHire to promote their on-campus information sessions and there is a company profile section that provides useful background information. See the CyHire page for additional information on using this useful tool. To identify companies that may not recruit at ISU, use a state job board or national job aggregator to search job opportunities for your major in geographic areas of interest.

Useful Links

CyHire ISU Career Services System Government Jobs (All 300+ Agencies)
IowaJobs Iowa Workforce Development
State of Iowa Jobs Iowa Government Jobs
LinkedIn Professional Networking & Job Posting Site National Job Aggregator National Job Aggregator National Job Aggregator

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Step 1: Understanding Employers and the College Recruiting Process

    -Maintain a Positive Attitude

Step 2: Determine Career Goals and Skillset

Step 3: Identify Preliminary Target Employers and Industries

Step 4: Develop Effective Marketing Materials

Step 5: Search for Specific Employment and Research Target Companies