Job Search Information
For a detailed overview, see: 10 Steps to Job Search Success
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.
- Research some common options and possibilities of different majors.
- Making an appointment with a counselor is a great way to get started.
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).
How do I search?
Try the following to get started. 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. You may want to meet with a counselor to identify strategies best suited to your interests.
- CareerLink. UR’s online career and internship database. Fill out your profile to receive targeted e-mails about internships of interest to you.
- CareerShift (accessed through CareerLink). Mega-search engine combined with the ability to locate contacts based on several criteria (e.g., geography and college affiliation).
- Job Links by Field. Links broken down by fields and industry
- Hyman J.V. Goldberg Career Library Over 1,000 reference books, journals and directories are available as well as Career Center Staff and PCAs to answer questions.
- Watch yoUR email for new and exciting postings.
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.