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Best way to find a job in Management Computer Information Systems

I will be graduating in May with a BS in Management Computer Information Systems. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on the best way of going about finding a job in this field?

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Were I to answer your question in depth and breadth, I could write a book. But others have already done that job for me, including Paula Moreira's excellent "ACE the IT Job Interview" (which also covers job search techniques very nicely. It's published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 2002). A quick hop to Amazon using "IT job search" for subject or title also turns up lots of likely candidates. But here's my quick 'n' dirty answer below:

1. Work with your job placement office, and try to get as many campus interviews as you can. Even if you don't get an offer, you'll get a sense of what's hot (and what's not) in today's tough job market.
2. Talk to friends, family, and former employers and workmates. Get the word out you're looking for a job, and see what comes back. This kind of personal networking is absolutely invaluable and essential (most of the good jobs never get advertised).
3. Don't count on job sites or resume posting to get you your job: be prepared to write lots of letters, send lots of e-mails, and make lots of calls. Finding a job is indeed a job of its own: develop your job search skills.

This was first published in November 2003

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