Begin your job search with Career Coach

The Career Coach app has goals you can work on with activities that grow lifelong skills. This lesson organizes the activities from the app into a series you can follow step-by-step.

In this lesson, your goal is to begin your job search. Complete all the activity steps to grow real-world skills and reach your goal. To focus on a specific skill, you can work on one or more of the activities.

If you're new to Career Coach, visit the quick start guide

Notes: For this lesson, you'll need:

  • A mobile device or computer

  • Microsoft Teams

  • Career Coach

  • LinkedIn

  • A journal you can customize to track what you discover and learn from the activities below (optional)

With the activities for this goal, you will: 

Learn how to search for jobs. Identify job goals. Identify open jobs. Learn personal skills. Identify careers that align with your skills. Identify alumni to build your network. Learn networking strategies. 

Get started with your job search

  1. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on how to have a successful job search

    Note: This course has exercises you can work on to grow your skills. 

  2. Reflect What are your goals? For example, do you want to work at a specific company or in a certain location? Use the goals you identity to start developing a career plan.

    Tip: If you're using a journal, add your goals and ideas for your plan. Use the journal to track other ideas for the steps that follow. 

  3. Open Career Coach. If you haven't already, complete your profile. Select Profile. Review your skills. Delete any you don't want in your profile. Select Careers. Use Filters to search careers by your skills. Save careers that interest you.

  4. Go to LinkedInReview data on in-demand jobs. Then, search for jobs based on your goals, skills, and in-demand jobs from LinkedIn. Move the toggle to On to get Job alerts.  Save jobs that interest you. 

  5. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on staying motivated during your job search.

  6. Reflect Which of the ten ideas from the course do you think could help you the most? Which one can you start practicing now and how will you get started? 

  7. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning course on networking to find open jobs.

    Note: This course has exercises you can work on to grow your skills. 

  8. Reflect Do you have people in your network who can help you find jobs? Are there people from specific companies or industries you want to connect with? How can you make connections and ask for help using what you learned in the course.?

  9. Open Career Coach.Select People. Select Filters. Search for alumni by company, industry, or location based on your goals and interests. Send invites to connect on LinkedIn.

  10. Share Partner with a peer in person or on Teams. Help each other write messages you can send to three people in your network to find open jobs. 

  11. Learn Watch the LinkedIn Learning courses on how to build resilience and what to do when you feel overwhelmed.

    Note: These courses have exercises you can work on to grow your skills.

  12. Reflect What parts of the job search are stressful to you? How can the skills from the courses help you manage stress and stay motivated? 

  13. Get advice Have career services or your faculty advisor review your saved jobs and goals. Ask for help identifying which jobs you should apply to and if they have suggestions for other roles. Start a list to keep track of applications you submit. 

Well done! What's the next step in your career journey?

Goals and activities from Career Coach:

Need more help?

Expand your skills
Explore Training
Get new features first
Join Microsoft Insiders

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.