"No one has ever built a career alone." - Lindsey Pollak, Getting from College to Career
A successful job search requires many things and varied approaches! Find on this page resources and information regarding resumes, cover letters, networking, our online career management system Handshake, as well as information about part-time job searches and work study positions.
Remember, a successful full-job search can take up to eight months or more to secure a job offer. Reach out to the Career Center for support and assistance - we here to help!
To have a successful search, you must first identify your targets!
1.Create a list of organizations, programs or employers you would like to target, in order to accomplish two things:
- Focus your search based on places that you would be HAPPY working
- Give you direction and a response when people ask you how they can help you in your search. You can provide them with the names of companies and organizations you are interested in!
2. Assess your professional documents and online presence.
- Is your resume up to date and match what your target companies are looking for?
- Are your social media profiles up to date and professional?
3. Utilize any and all resources you can to diversify your search. *Hint: there are some provided for you to the left!*
4. Practice, practice, practice interviewing! Seek opportunities to practice and get feedback so when you get an opportunity, you can perform in the interview to land the job!
5. Be proactive, persistent, and patient.
Keep at it and always follow up, while remaining professional and optimistic!
Resumes & Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A resume is a marketing tool providing an employer with a snapshot of your work experience as it relates to a specific job. Every resume is different due to a candidate’s experience level and preferred profession.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
When do you use a CV? In the United States, a curriculum vitae is used when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. A curriculum vitae can also be used for fellowships or grants. In many countries outside of the United States, employers may expect to receive a curriculum vitae rather than a professional resume. See the Career Center for guidance if applying abroad.
What is the difference between a CV and a resume? A CV includes more information than a professional resume and in turn, is longer in length. A professional resume should be 1-2 pages, whereas a CV is unlimited in length. Length for a CV is measured by length of experiences.
Cover Letters are specific communication tools between a candidate and a potential employer. It is a tool in which a candidate can further promote skills, accomplishments and interests in working for a company/organization. A cover letter should be sent alongside a resume. It is a tool that allows employers to learn more about you, as a candidate, and screen applicants to interview.
Over 70% of people find their jobs through networking
We know networking is really important, but where do you start?
SHARE YOUR INTERESTS
Share your professional interests, aspirations, and goals with your friends and family. You never know who might know someone that could be helpful to you.
Research to identify possible occupations and what companies offer the type of work you want.
UTILIZE SOCIAL MEDIA
Use social media as well as face to face networking opportunities to connect with people who work for the type of organizations you are seeking. LinkedIn is an easy way to build your network using social media.
ALWAYS FOLLOW UP!
If you meet someone at a networking event and you get their business card, reach out to them. Verbalize it was great to meet them and see if they are open to having a discussion with you about their field.
Why should you use LinkedIn?
Over 80% of recruiters use social media for hiring
1 out of 3 candidates don’t get a job or an interview because of their social media presence.
See these helpful resources for a successful student profile to make sure you are using this powerful tool to your benefit. If you still have trouble, please reach out to the Career Center for help!
How do you connect with people on LinkedIn?
Start and engage in meaningful conversations:
If it is someone you have met, send them a message providing context for how you met and why you are interested in connecting with them.
If it is someone you have never met, introduce yourself and note a common interest. Explain why you are reaching out to them and why you want to connect.
ALWAYS follow up and follow through!
Remember - Be brief, specific and professional.
Handshake, our online career management system, gives you access to more opportunities than ever before, using data to help you find jobs or internships that best match your interests. Visit our YouTube Channel for helpful videos about How to Complete your Profile and How to Use the Resource Library!
Part-time work during college is beneficial, and sometimes financially necessary. Get engaged in your local community to find out about opportunities to gain part-time employment. Utilize Handshake to search for part-time jobs, on-campus opportunities and more.
Need help getting started? Schedule an Appointment with the Career Center for assistance!
All work study positions and part-time on-campus student opportunities are posted in Handshake.
If you are eligible for Federal Work Study (meaning you have received a Federal Work Study Award as a part of your Financial Aid Package), you can apply directly through Handshake for various positions. If you are not eligible for Federal Work Study, you can view all other on-campus employment opportunities in Handshake, as well!
Refer to the references above for assistance creating a resume or writing a cover letter for the application process. If you would like to schedule a mock interview or have questions about professional dress, please reach out the Career Center!