career prep - online job search exercise


Using or another job listing site, browse listings (for which you are qualified) from a few different job functions or industries. Use keywords to perform your initial search.


Disregarding the job titles, review each job listing and identify elements of the job that you find appealing - whether it be the responsibilities, work environment, or product or service.

HINT: If you don’t find anything you like, try another job board.


Print out the 7-10 job listings you like the best. Read through each one and highlight words in the job title, description, or qualifications that appeal to you.


Look over the job listings you've marked up and notice whether there are patterns. For example,do you see skills ("organize", "research," "advise") or other terms ("pharmaceuticals," "grants," "classes") frequently highlighted? These are clues to the kinds of jobs you should look for.


Now go back to and search the job listings again but this time search by the keywords or job titles you've identified. Most likely, this will give you a much more targeted list of jobs. As your search progresses, your objective may narrow or even change, but for now you have a starting point.

  Career Center - University of California, Berkeley

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