Job Search Checklist

  • Meet with Career Advancement staff. You can discuss your interests, strengths, goals, and options. Click here for more information about appointment options.
  • Know yourself and your chosen field. In order to know what you are looking for, you need to begin by knowing yourself. Being “open to anything” can make it difficult to  know where to begin looking for openings, and potential employers may get the impression that you’re not committed to their organization or field. Spend some time identifying your interests, skills, and values. Putting some thought into those things now will make your search much more efficient and effective in the future. You may also schedule a career exploration appointment or view our online career planning resources.
  • Resume and cover letter skills are essential to your success in the job search. Refer to Career Advancement’s resume and interview toolkit for advice on preparing resumes and cover letters.
  • Sharp interview skills can make all the difference. Career Advancement offers practice interviews, individual coaching, and Mock Interview Boot Camps.
  • Participate in On-Campus Recruiting (OCR). UChicago Handshake frequently and sign up for listhosts for up-to-date information.
  • Stay up-to-date. Sign up to receive announcements of jobs, internships, fellowships, grants, and networking events by email. Log in to UChicago Handshake and look for “Industry E-Mail Lists” in your Profile. Choose from Arts, Nonprofits and Government, Consulting, Science, Education and other topics.
  • Start networking. Create a professional profile on LinkedIn. To learn more about how to use all the features on LinkedIn, visit their online learning center. Network by talking to professors, friends, family members, and alumni. This is also a great time to evaluate all of your social media profiles to be sure that you are best representing yourself.  
  • Do your homework. Research companies, organizations, and professional associations in the library and on the web. Look to industry specific job boards and visit the Career Advancement website for links to useful online resources.
  • Evaluate your offer. Learn how to choose an offer negotiate salaries and benefits, and evaluate graduate school options. Career Advancement staff can provide guidance if you are facing tough decisions. Please also see our handout on evaluating a job offer in our resume and interview toolkit.
  • Find references. Ask professors and employers to serve as references. Ask early to avoid missing deadlines.
  • Plan ahead if you want to apply to graduate/professional school. Career Advancement counselors can provide guidance on navigating kinds of programs and degrees as well as help students prepare their application materials. Our pre-professional programs can provide resources to students interested in industry-specific graduate programs.