Where do I start?
The first step in searching for a job is to know what it is that you’re looking for. That means setting goals and gaining focus.
- Check out 10 Steps to Job Search Success to put together a plan
- Research some common options and possibilities of different majors.
- Make an appointment with a counselor to identify strategies best suited to your interests.
How do I search?
- First, identify a “hit list” of potential employers. Use directories, on-line resources, and other printed materials to develop this list of persons, organizations and programs to contact.
- Second, establish and use a network of friends, family, faculty and alumni.
- Finally, respond to posted and publicized opportunities.
Online Resources for your Search
UR’s online career and internship database. Fill out your profile to receive targeted e-mails about jobs of interest to you.*
Mega-search engine combined with the ability to locate contacts based on several criteria (e.g., geography and college affiliation).
A large collection of field specific links across all industries, including job boards, professional associations, and more.
Published weekly during the school year, the Senior Digest and Engineering Digest can be accessed through our blog.
#1 job board for hourly jobs! Perform an hourly job search by industry, company name or location to find your next hourly job today.
Career Library. Over 1,000 reference books, journals and directories are available as well as Career Center Staff and PCAs to answer questions.
How do I write a resume and cover letter?
Pick up a copy of UR Successful in the Career Library OR use the samples available on the website. This guide has examples and instructions to get you started. Check with a staff member or a Peer Career Advisor for helpful hints. Set up an appointment to review your draft (please email yourself a copy or bring it on a flashdrive).
What are the keys to getting a job?
The keys to securing a job are persistence and follow-up. The Career Center has FREE resources such as phones, fax machines, and computers with online access to facilitate this process.
Receiving and accepting an offer
Career Center Counselors are trained to assist you with this last step as well. Please share your circumstances and ask for personalized assistance. Remember that Career Center Counselors can help you with the salary negotiation and offer process. To begin investigating this topic, check websites like: salary.com, The Salary Calculator, Monster Salary Center and vault.com. And, never accept and then later renege on an offer. You can, and should, ask for the appropriate amount of time to collect information and make this very important decision.
*Handshake System Disclaimer*
The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center provides a job and internship referral service for students and prospective employers, whereby employers may post information about their current openings in Handshake. Handshake allows students to access those listings to identify opportunities, submit applications for certain listings, and arrange interviews with particular employers.
The posting of job and internship announcements on this site does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation from the University of Rochester. Students are responsible for all necessary precautions when applying for, interviewing for, or accepting these positions, and users are responsible for checking the credentials and integrity of the employer. Further, the University of Rochester is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus opportunities.
If you have questions or need guidance or advice on how to conduct effective research on organizations or opportunities, please contact the Career and Internship Center at (585) 275-2366.