Job Search Tools

Persistence

The University Career Center has several resources to support you in your job search, from narrowing down your list of ideal employers, to creating the perfect application materials, to making a great impression at your interviews.

As a KU student, you also have access to HireJayhawks.com for hundreds of internship, part- and full-time job listings from employers interested in hiring KU students.

Check out the resources below for more information on each topic, and for individualized help, make an appointment with a Career Coach.


Get Started

There are 5 basic steps to consider in a job search. Don’t frustrate yourself by applying for jobs before you've laid the groundwork to be successful.

Strategies for a Successful Job Search

1. Identify your job targets

You can’t reach your destination if you don’t know where you're headed. Use the Tips for a Successful Job Search Campaign to help you fine-tune your job search process.

2. Network

Make personal connections and gain useful information for career decision-making and professional advancement.

3. Research

Find information on careers and employers so you can know what opportunities exist and the kind of employer for whom you'd like to work. 

4. Prepare

Write a resume and a cover letter, talk to your references and get ready to interview.

5. Implement the plan

Implementing a job search is more than just one activity – it is a series of different activities going on at the same time.  For example, on a weekly basis:

And one bonus step...

6. Stick with it

Finding a job is hard work! It can take 3 to 6 months to find your first job, depending on how much time you spend on the search. Two-thirds of job hunters spend only 5 hours/week on their job hunt.


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We'd love to assist you with your career development process!

The University Career Center is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm: 785-864-3624.

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If you have trouble logging in, please contact Megan Bahm at megdbahm@ku.edu or 785-864-3694.

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