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Job Search Checklist

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.

Many advise: “Begin your job search the day you begin your program.”

Establish Your Plans & Strategies

Develop action plans for two to three career paths, outlining the:

  • 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.

Utilize Resources

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.