HELP – Job Search
Last month, we continued the process of A.R.C.H.I.T.E.C.T. – the process of gaining experience as a student or soon-to-be architectural graduate. Below is the PROCESS
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First and foremost, do NOT attempt to embark on a career search on your own. As with most aspects of life, you should seek out HELP to ensure SUCCESS.
You can gain help with your search from a variety of sources. A good place to start is the university career center; a career counselor can help you target your job search. A career center can critique your resume and / or cover letter. Further, many career centers have mock interview programs to help you practice.
Along with the national AIA (careercenter.aia.org), many local AIA chapters post positions on the web or allow you to post your resume. Public libraries are another valuable resource. As well, you should seek support from others, faculty, and classmates; also, seek help from family and friends; talking to them can be a big boost to your job search. You never know who can provide a connection to a firm that can assist you.
Most architecture programs post positions that announce regional employment opportunities on an online system. When seeking students to perform entry-level tasks, many firms send schools a position announcement outlining job duties and responsibilities, qualifications, and contact information. Do not limit yourself to your own institution, especially if you wish to relocate.
If you determine that you either need or want to work part time while in school, use these postings as a first step to learn of opportunities, but do not stop there. Contact the local AIA chapter to learn if they accept listings from area firms. Some local AIA chapters collect resumes from individuals seeking employment and allow firms to review them.
During your lifetime, you may be seeking a position more than once and by seeking HELP, you will be more successful.