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 of interest using the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Vault or Career Center Industry Guides to get a better understanding of potential career paths.
  • Develop a list of potential organizations 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 competitive applicant 

Step Five: Start your search!

  • 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! 

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Researching the Employer