Job search resources

Career fair preparation

Before the career fair, you should research companies, practice your 30-second "elevator pitch," be ready to answer basic questions about yourself, and update and print your resume. Download the Career Fair Preparation Guide (PDF).

Cover letters

The purpose of a cover letter is to get the employer to view your resume and grant you an interview. It should be well written because it also serves as a representation of your written communications skills. Download the Cover Letter Guide (PDF).

Career-related experience

Nearly 90 percent of employers factor in experience when hiring a new employee. There are many ways to gain this experience while pursuing your college degree—internships, co-ops, volunteering, student groups, study abroad, and research. Download the Get Experience Guide (PDF).

GoldPASS

GoldPASS powered by Handshake is the University of Minnesota’s online database for jobs, internships, co-ops, and volunteer opportunities. With a GoldPASS account, students can upload resumes for employers to view, sign up for on-campus interviews, research employers, and find career events. Visit GoldPASS for more information.

Graduate and professional school

If you are planning to apply to graduate or professional school, there is a lot to know about the application process, including admission exams, personal statements/essays, letters of recommendation, financial aid, and interviews. Download the Graduate School Guide (PDF).

Interviews

An interview is a conversation with an employer to help you and the organization determine if you are a good fit. The interview is your primary opportunity to showcase your skills and experience. Interviewing is a learned skill, and the more practice and preparation you do the easier it gets—and the more competitive of a candidate you become. Download the Interviewing Guide for Industry (PDF).

Job offers

Many factors contribute to job offers, including location, size of employer, type of employer, and professional experience. When evaluating a job offer, you want to research all components of the offer to make sure it is fair and reasonable. You also want to reflect on whether the position and the company are a good fit for you. Download the Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers Guide (PDF).

Job search strategies

One of the most challenging aspects of the job search process is finding opportunities. Use a variety of strategies such as networking, career fairs, LinkedIn, and GoldPASS to find a company and position that best fit your interests, strengths, skills, personality, and values.

Major and career exploration

Choosing a major or career path is an important, personal decision that requires research, reflection, and time. To start the process, it’s important to understand yourself and gain knowledge about majors and the world of work. Download the Major Career Exploration Guide (PDF).

Networking

Networking is building relationships with professionals, especially in your career field of interest. Connecting with these professionals can help you make yourself known in the industry you want to work in, gather career information, and learn about job opportunities. Learn more about the Networking web page.

Researching employers and industries

This type of research will help you learn more about your options and make important decisions. Learning more about employers allows you to target those most closely related to your career goals. You can customize your resume and cover letter, prepare for an interview, and impress employers at a career fair. Download the Researching Employers and Industries Guide (PDF).

Résumé

Your résumé gives prospective employers a sense of your education, work experiences, and skills. It should be updated as your experiences grow—and you can adapt it based on the position you are seeking. Download the Undergraduate Resume Guide (PDF) or the Graduate Resume and Curriculum Vitae Guide (PDF)