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Undergraduate Students

The Job Search

Starting Your Job Search

The first step in searching for a job is to know what you’re looking for. That means setting goals and gaining focus. You can do that by:

Once you start searching you want to:

  • Respond to posted and publicized opportunities
  • Research and contact potential employers directly
  • Establish and utilize a network of professionals, friends, family, faculty and alumni

Online Resources for Your Search

Handshake - Provides you with a place to find internship and employment opportunities based on your career interests and goals. Discover when employers come to campus for informational sessions and/or interviews. Connect with alumni to network and attend programming in your field of interest.

Please note: the posting of job and internship announcements on Handshake 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.

CareerShift - This search engine allows you to find job postings, identify networking contacts and recruiters, and search for employers by keyword and geographic location. To access CareerShift, login to Handshake and click on 'Resources.'

Indeed - Find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. 

LinkedIn - This social networking platform lets you connect with potential employers, network with your peers, recruiters and professionals, and explore job postings. 

River Campus Libraries Employer Research Guide - Find the most important and credible information about organizations you are interested in, from news to financials and insider information.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Our toolkit has everything to help you with your job search, from resumé examples to cover letter guides. You should also consider scheduling an appointment with a career advisor for help with your search. Be sure to bring a copy of your resumé and/or cover letter with you to your appointment.

When to Start Your Job Search

Timelines vary by industry and employer. Know your industry and understand that, realistically, the job search can take many months. You should always be researching employers, holding informational interviews and networking! 


When it's time to interview with prospective employers, preparation and practice are key! Our toolkit can help you throughout this part of the job search process.

Receiving and Accepting an Offer

Career advisors are available to assist you with strategies related to salary negotiation and the job offer process. Our Outcomes Dashboard can provide you with salary information regarding the type of job you are looking for. You should never accept and then later renege on an offer. You can, however, ask for the appropriate amount of time to collect information and make this important decision.