Getting Started: What Do I Need?

Preparation before beginning a job or internship search is the key to being successful. There are several steps complete to set yourself up for success. The CDC offers workshops and handouts on many of these topics, and your career coach is available to work directly with you during your preparation.

Preparing Your Documents:

  • Compose compelling cover letters to differentiate you from the competition and impress employers.
  • Learn the art of resume writing to help you stand out from the crowd.
  • Identify and use strategic references to help connect you to the right people.
  • If your industry needs examples of your work, make sure your portfolio is updated.
  • Always follow up with a thank you note. This solidifies your interest and commitment to a position and will not go unnoticed by the organization.

Preparing Your Network:

  • Recognize, expand, and nurture your network.
  • Conduct Informational Interviews to help you in your search for the perfect career.
  • Research potential employers using the Handshake Employer Search function.
  • Visit career fair events on campus and in the community.

Preparing Your Search:

  • Find information on careers, employers, industries, and all aspects of the job search preparation process at learn about careers.
  • Gain experience and test skills and interests through internships, leadership positions in student organizations, service activities, and part-time jobs.
  • Visit onine job boards.

Preparing Your Interview:

  • Learn valuable techniques to help you master the interview.  Also, schedule a mock interview with a career coach or visiting employer.
  • Know your value by researching salary information in various career fields and locations.
  • Dressing for success, make sure you have professional attire picked out for interview.
  • Do your homework on the company beforehand and have talking points ready.

Find Jobs and Internships

The steps to finding jobs and internships are almost identical. While specialized websites and other resources are there to help you, the process is very similar.