Whether you are unemployed and searching for a job or considering a career move, the Rutgers Professional Science Master’s program will equip you with the necessary tools to succeed. On February 23rd, PSM Executive Coach and Assistant Director Abbe Rosenthal, MA, PCC, DYL Certified Coach, hosted a Virtual Friday session to share various strategies to help students improve the job search process.  

Navigating the job market can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In this workshop, Rosenthal shared her top strategies to streamline the job hunt experience for our students. 

22 Job search tips and tricks for 2024 

  1. Complete a self-assessment. 
  1. Assess your career goals. 
  1. Write a powerful resume. Highlight your best-selling points and showcase the MBS degree to differentiate yourself. Check out Rosenthal's previous workshops on how to leverage the MBS degree. Additionally, make sure your resume is tailored to your career goals. 
  1. Be specific when highlighting your wins/accomplishments.  
  1. Create a job search routine. 
  1. Cast a wide net. Don’t limit your job search to just one industry. The MBS degree can lend itself to different areas and different industries. 
  1. Research prospective employers. 
  1. Clean up your social media. 
  1. Use niche job boards. 
  1. Share your expertise. 
  1. Use job alert features. 
  1. Regularly check the career websites of your desired employers. 
  1. Get feedback on rejected applications. 
  1. Change up your job search strategies. 
  1. Take on short-term jobs or projects. Consider taking part in the MBS Externship Exchange program for some hands-on work experience! 
  1. Talk to recruiters in your desired field(s). 
  1. Use keywords wisely. 
  1. Remember to write and send cover letters. 
  1. Expand your professional network. Connect with alumni of your undergraduate school and other MBS students. Join the MBS student LinkedIn group and connect with us! 
  1. Prepare and practice for interviews. 
  1. Remember to add Externship(s) to your resume. 
  1. Don’t forget self-care! 

Diving Into Self-Assessment

After Rosenthal shared these tips, students completed a personal SWOT analysis. This is a method for assessing the four aspects (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) of a business or individual. Rosenthal recommended that students conduct this analysis regularly, updating it with their evolving skills each semester. 

Students then broke into groups to share and exchange tailored advice on their individual SWOT analyses. 

One student found it particularly helpful to write down opportunities, especially when it comes to looking within your own professional network.  

Another student expressed concern about job market instability with current layoffs across industries. Rosenthal reminded students to leverage resources such as the MBS degree and the Externship Exchange Program to help students stand out. 

We know that job hunting can be daunting, but you are not alone! The PSM program supports our students every step of the way. 

Zoom screen with facilitator and students

Our next Virtual Friday will be on March 22nd, 2024—stay tuned for details! To view all our upcoming events, you can follow us on X (Twitter), LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.  

Author(s): My Le Published on: 02/27/2024
Tags: virtual Friday, Job Searching