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Tips and Advice

We know that job searching can be frustrating and intimidating. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

  • Use online resources to research potential employers and make sure you have a strong online presence.
  • Network! Networking is vital to learning about opportunities in your area of interest. Make sure everyone you know knows that you are looking for a job! While social networking is important, don’t forget the value of face-to-face communication!
  • Perfect your résumé writing and interviewing skills. Understand what you have to offer and then learn how to communicate that effectively in your résumé and cover letter, during an interview, or while networking.
  • Understand what employers are looking for.
  • Keep your skills up to date and look for opportunities to build new skills. Volunteering, temporary work, internships, campus involvement, and student leadership are all great ways to not only gain valuable skills but also grow your network!
  • Use the Career Development Center! We have lots of resources and individual assistance to offer!
  • Stay on top of what’s happening in the job market. Don’t get discouraged, but remember to be realistic about what opportunities are available to you.
  • Don’t give up! Even though it may take a while sometimes; be persistent!

Job Seeker’s Checklist

Use this handy job seekers checklist when looking for employment.

  • Visit the Career Development Center. We can help!

Materials/Organizing Job Search

  • Destination Survey: If you did not already complete your Destination Survey at graduation, you can do so when you log in to your HIREAMAVERICK account or on our blog.
  • Hireamaverick: Check job postings on a regular basis. Upload current résumés and apply to companies who are looking for UT Arlington students and graduates.
  • Organized Job Search: Create a spreadsheet to track networking contacts, job applications, and interviews.
  • Résumés/Cover Letters: Create a unique résumé and cover letter for each position. Incorporate industry and position key words to focus your documents to the position. Do not use a template. Visit the Career Development Center for a critique and to get a free Résumé Guide.
  • Business Cards: Print personal business cards for networking purposes.
  • References: Contact at least three business professionals or professors to obtain permission to use them as references.

Interview Preparation

  • Thoroughly research the company, position and industry.
  • Schedule a mock interview at the Career Development Center or inquire about using the virtual mock interview website called “InterviewStream”.
  • Prepare appropriate interview attire (contact the Career Development Center for any tips and advice).
  • Prepare answers to the most common interview questions as well as questions to ask at the end of the interview.
  • Plan to arrive at your interview 10-15 minutes early. If delayed, call the company immediately.
  • Greet the interviewer(s) with a firm handshake, good eye contact, enthusiastic smile, and sincerity.
  • Maintain a high level of energy and confidence.
  • Show enthusiasm for the position and company and express your desire to land this position (without desperation).
  • Stress relevant achievements and specific qualifications that reflect the job description.

Follow Up

  • Send a Thank-You Letter to each person within 24 hours of the interview.
  • Maintain a Job Search Log, which will help you track your job search progress.
  • Remember to follow up with the employer 2-3 weeks after the interview.
  • Contact the Career Development Center as soon as an offer is made.