The job search can feel overwhelming, so it’s helpful to break it into manageable steps. The good news is you don’t have to do every step in order – use this resource as a guide. Start checking off as many of these activities as you can, and you’ll find yourself on the way to a great opportunity.

Step 1: Know yourself and Do your research

Step 2: Get ready for the search

  • I have made an appointment to meet with a Career Counselor.
  • I have had my resume and cover letter(s) reviewed by a professional in the field or a staff member at Career Services.
  • I have prepared a portfolio or work samples to highlight my experience, skills, and talent.
  • I have developed my “30-second speech” for short encounters with employers. (How?)
  • I have analyzed my education and developed my “liberal arts story” for employers. (How?)
  • I have identified three individuals who will serve as references. (How?)
  • I have developed my interview skills by practicing my responses to typical questions and/or doing a mock interview. (How?)
  • I have an interview suit that is appropriate for the field in which I plan to work. (How?)
  • I have a professional-sounding answering machine/voice mail message in case an employer calls.
  • I have neutral/professional e-mail address to give to employers.

Step 3: Start searching

  • I regularly check the Career Services web site for career opportunities. I read the appropriate job-search resources for my field(s) of interest.
  • I have a system for keeping track of my contacts, interviews, and other job-search activities.
  • I follow up on every interesting job link immediately.
  • I have developed a list of potential networking contacts and keep in touch with them.
  • I keep a copy of my resume next to my phone in case I receive a call from an employer.
  • I follow-up each cover letter with a phone call or e-mail.
  • I send thank you letters or e-mails to every person who interviews me.

Adapted with permission from Dr. Kate Brooks, Liberal Arts Career Services, The University of Texas at Austin.

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