Searching for a job is a time-consuming process that takes effort and effective planning. Begin at least six months before your desired start date. Be optimistic and persistent. Job opportunities are available year-round. However, some companies and industries have very specific recruiting and hiring timelines.

Here a breakdown of how recent graduates found their jobs:

  • Previous Employment: 33%
  • Networking: 25%
  • Job Posting (online, newspaper, etc.): 19%
  • Career Services: 16%
  • Recruiter: 3%
  • Academic Department: 3%

On-campus jobs are available to you as an University of Utah student as well as full-time career positions. The University of Utah has also provided specialized resume tips.

Job Search Steps

Visit your career coach for help during each of these steps.

  1. Know what you want and what you are qualified for.
  2. Create a focused strategy to target your top employers.
  3. Develop strong branding and application materials: resume, elevator speech, LinkedIn profile, etc.
  4. Network to create connections in desired fields, industries and companies. Don’t just apply online and expect success!
  5. Apply. Your application should be tailored to a specific position and company. This is completed through: research (company, industry and specific job), networking with professionals in the organization, following your target companies on social media and customizing resumes/cover letters with keywords from the job description and with the company’s specific language.
  6. Follow-up: if a company provided you with a typical timeline in which hiring decisions would be made, and that date has passed, follow up with a polite phone call or email.