Graduate Student Job Search Action Items
When to begin your job search is dependent on the:
- hiring rhythms of the fields to which you are applying;
- extent of preparation that you will need to be a competitive candidate;
- amount of time you intend to dedicate to the process (think months before you seek to get hired, not weeks).
NOTE: For academic jobs in higher education, begin a minimum of two years out before the time you seek to be hired.
Establish Your Plans & Strategies
□ Develop action plans for two to three career paths, outlining the:
Many advise: “Begin your job search the day you begin your program.”
- target employers;
- types of jobs of interest;
- job-search time frames for paths of interest;
- job-search approaches you will use;
- action items; • weekly/monthly next steps with completion dates.
□ Finalize your job application materials, remembering to tailor them to feature your fit with specific position requirements and the goals of a company/organization/ department.
□ Revisit your plans every couple of weeks to affirm what is working and to determine where changes need to be made and/or additional information needs to be gained.
□ Engage career-knowledgeable individuals in conversation about your next steps.
□ Schedule an appointment with a career consultant at the Center for Career Development.
□ Attend the Center for Career Development’s career preparation and job-search programs.
□ Attend The Graduate School’s professional development offerings.
□ Gather feedback on your professional documents and presentation skills through the Center for Career Development, Writing Center, and Institute for Teaching & Learning.
□ Attend campus events that feature speakers of interest and network with them.
□ Attend job-search programming delivered within your department.
□ Access job-search content often provided by the professional associations to which you belong.
Communicate & Network
□ Identify and be able to talk about your work, research, teaching, leadership, and transferable skills.
□ Inform people in your network, with whom you have a genuine connection, that you are entering the job market. Identify the types of opportunities you seek and convey your skills and knowledge.
□ Reach out to UConn alumni to learn about their work and the culture of the companies or organizations in which they are employed.
□ Educate yourself about the different styles of interviews that you might encounter and gain strategies to succeed.
□ Schedule a practice interview with the Center for Career Development.
□ When embarking on the academic job search, practice your job talk with people both familiar and unfamiliar with your work and field of study.
□ Maximize your job networking at any conferences you attend.