Submitted by Dr. Stuart Weinstein, Adjunct Instructor, UMBC ISD Graduate Program

The guidance and techniques that many job search firms, university placement offices, and resume books promote just don’t work in today’s job application environment. First, you are submitting your resume and personal data to a computer program that scans the documents looking for “preselected” words and phrases. Second, you rarely have a point of contact with which to follow up.

Networking is key

Job finding is still a personal effort, and the best way to get a job is to do a lot of networking with “live” people, not just accessing LinkedIn, Facebook,, ATD (formerly ASTD) Job Bank, ISPI Jobs, and similar sites.

Added benefit for students

Students have the benefit of joining organizations such as the Association for Talent Development (formerly the American Society for Training and Development), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI); United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA); and other professional groups at a fraction (usually 50% or less) of the regular member costs.   Students will get nearly all of the regular benefits that regular members receive, including special conference rates, discounts on books and other materials, seminars, and even travel.

Get involved locally

Join the local chapters of these national organizations (also at a reduced rate!). Get to know people, present your ideas and research, and let the regular professionals know what your interests entail, when you will graduate, and when you’re seeking a new opportunity for your studies or for a job.

Your turn!

What are some other ideas that have given you success? Comment leave a comment to let us know.


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