Best strategy for job application?

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S.A.D.
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Best strategy for job application?

Hi,
I hold a Masters degree and I am interested in applying for the jobs of academic research technician or research support staff, etc. in NY city
I have been going to the various university websites like Columbia, NYU, etc and posting my resumes on jobs advertised on their Human Resources page- but they dont specify or give much details of job, and which specific lab has the opening. They just give a very broad outline of a skillsets, thats all.
I am wondering if I should start directly meeting with the faculty in person? But even if I were to do this, I am not certain of what my approach should be.
1) Should I go and meet all the professors whose work interests me (or suits my prior experience), see if they have any openings, and if yes, THEN hand them my resume?
Or
2) Should I first try to arrange to meet with them (as is done for informational interviews), talk with these select faculty about their work, etc, and then before I leave hand them my resume and say that this is for future reference incase there happens to be any vacancy in their labs, that they could feel free to contact me.
Which of the above two sounds like a good approach, or should I be trying to so something altogether different?
Plz guide me.
Thank you for your help.

SAD

Kvachhani
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I think, opp. two is fine but

I think, opp. two is fine but you have to contect them frequently with some gap.
regards.

Arvind Singh Pundir
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S.A.D. wrote:

S.A.D. wrote:

Hi,
I hold a Masters degree and I am interested in applying for the jobs of academic research technician or research support staff, etc. in NY city
I have been going to the various university websites like Columbia, NYU, etc and posting my resumes on jobs advertised on their Human Resources page- but they dont specify or give much details of job, and which specific lab has the opening. They just give a very broad outline of a skillsets, thats all.
I am wondering if I should start directly meeting with the faculty in person? But even if I were to do this, I am not certain of what my approach should be.
1) Should I go and meet all the professors whose work interests me (or suits my prior experience), see if they have any openings, and if yes, THEN hand them my resume?
Or
2) Should I first try to arrange to meet with them (as is done for informational interviews), talk with these select faculty about their work, etc, and then before I leave hand them my resume and say that this is for future reference incase there happens to be any vacancy in their labs, that they could feel free to contact me.
Which of the above two sounds like a good approach, or should I be trying to so something altogether different?
Plz guide me.
Thank you for your help.

SAD

as far as i think being a lab techie you should update your resume mentioning in detail your skills past experiences and all the techniques, reseach projects on which you had worked if any during your Masters hope this will help you and above all be patient
 
good luck

Ivan Delgado
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Hi S.A.D.,

Hi S.A.D.,
My suggestion is not to look for a one-size fits all approach. What you want to start doing as soon as possible is network. Talk to people, not just professors, and ask around about job opportunities. Professors tend to be very busy people and simply dropping by may not be the most efficient way to identify opportunities. 
I would suggest talking to scientist in laboratories to get a feel for the lab first. I know it is more work, but usually the more homework you do ahead of time the better your chances of giving that first impression that is critical in job searches. 
Good luck