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Navigating the Job Search

Navigating the Job Search

Pain points and how Vocate can make them easier

Getting a job can be a daunting process. There’s the initial step of identifying your interests, putting together a resume, and finding opportunities. Then the search itself can take hours of networking, surfing job boards, and drafting emails to employers. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, there is the application, more emails to follow up, and if you’re lucky, the interview (which is intimidating in itself). At the end of the day, you could repeat this process several times and still not connect with an opportunity you are excited about.

At Vocate, we’re out to make things a little simpler. We’ve identified some of the major pain points of the job search and how we can help you work through them:

The Pain Point: Identifying Your Interests – Some people know what they want to do professionally and others are more exploratory. Either way is fine. Identifying your interests is something that will happen over time, and even then they will not be set in stone.

DIY Solution: Try different things, take note of what you do and don’t like in your coursework, extracurricular activities, and any professional experiences.

Vocate’s Solution: Vocate’s system is designed to get to know you as a person rather than just a resume. Our matches are based on your individual qualities. We look at your interests, background, and skill set to find positions that will get you headed in the right direction.


The Pain Point: Your Resume – The resume is your first impression on an employer and often the layout is just as important as the content.

DIY Solution: Visit your campus career center, seek advice from friends, family, and online sources.

Vocate’s Solution: We use profiles to convey your skills and interests so that your qualifications come across clearly to employers. This supplementation of your resume ensures that anyone looking to hire gets the full picture of who you are and what you bring to the table.


The Pain Point: (Net Worth of) Networking – Networking is a crucial aspect of the job process these days, and no matter how qualified you may be, sometimes it just comes down to who you know. Building those connections, however, takes time, energy, and resources.

DIY Solution: Reach out to family friends, professors, previous employers, and anyone else who can help you expand your professional network.

Vocate’s Solution: Allow us to serve as your professional network. Our team has connected with 1000’s of employers looking to hire students just like you. These relationships enable us to understand your fit with potential employers, as well as push your application to the top of the pile.


The Pain Point: Initiating Contact – The conversation has to start somewhere, but sometimes it’s difficult to know what to say.

DIY Solution: Send an introductory email and do your best to stand out from other applicants.

Vocate’s Solution: Indicate your interest in an opportunity through our platform and let us directly notify employers. They can then view your profile and reciprocate their interest – effectively cutting out the middle step of back-and-forth emails. When there is mutual interest between students and employers, Vocate makes a formal introduction. Our helpful “guide to driving the process” gives you advice and templates for how to initiate contact with employers, set up your interview, and follow up after.


The Pain Point: Job Preparation – Once you’ve landed a job, there may be worries as to whether or not you’re prepared to succeed in your new position.

DIY Solution: Learn the responsibilities ahead of time, do your best to prepare, take things as they come.

Vocate’s Solution: We make curated matches based on your skill set and a company’s desire to hire. Your new employer will be excited and eager for all that you bring to their business, and if you ever have questions, Vocate is here to answer them.

Vocate Editor

Students and employers are not connecting in a meaningful way; the job highway works but the on-ramps are broken. We work every day to fix that so employers can find good employees and students can find their dream job.