Looking for a job? Check out our job search plan and check list here. 

Step One:

TARGET YOUR SEARCH 
  • Assess your skills, interests, strengths, values and qualifications.
  • Research your industry (Occupational Outlook Handbook, Vault, Industry Guides) of interest to get a better undersanding of potential career paths. 
  • Develop a list of potential employers and industries of interest. 

Step Two:

GET YOURSELF OUT THERE 

Step Three:

SEARCH ONLINE
  • Search for positions in Careers4Terps by using the advanced search options.  Employers post hundreds of new positions weekly that are targeted especially for UMD students and alumni. 
  • Identify other industry-specific job boards or social media sites related to your career interest.
  • Consider participation in the On-campus Interview (OCI) program
  • Apply, apply, apply! You've done all your homework, now it's time to submit your applications. 
  • Follow-up. After every informational interview or actual interview, be sure to send a thank you note.

Step Four:

MAKE YOURSELF A STRONG APPLICANT 

Step Five:

START NOW!
  • Schedule time each week for your job search. 
  • Dream big - go for your dream first job!
  • Be realistic - your first job is your first step in your career path. 
  • Breathe, job searching is stressful, but you won't be unemployed for the rest of your life! 

Download this list of job search strategies here:

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Researching the Employer