Job Search Checklist

Doing a professional job search takes time: most professionals in the field say students must spend six to eight hours a day working on their job search. This includes using social networking like LinkedIn or professional organizations in your career field, all of your professional contacts, and the Career Services and Professional Development office. Only 20% of the jobs in the marketplace are posted. It is up to you to find the other 80%, found through the sources just listed.

Whatever your Job Search strategy, Career Services & Professional Development has resources that are easily accessible on our site. Presented below is a job search checklist designed to help Miami University Regionals students organize and conduct an effective job search. For December graduates, the amount of time allotted to job search activities will be compressed. August graduates may expand the timetable. Used in conjunction with our online resources, workshops, individual career appointments, and other services, this checklist will help you plan and conduct an effective job search.

Fall Term

  • Review and update your resume.
  • Attend a Basic Interviewing Skills Workshop. Anyone who intends to interview on campus or participate in a mock interview must attend one of these programs during your time at Miami. Contact a Career Services & Professional Development staff for dates and times of these workshops.
  • Use Optimal Resume as a tool for improving your interviewing skills.
  • Develop and finalize a resume and basic cover letter for use in your job search. Bring these marketing tools into our Hamilton or Middletown offices, or email them to or for review. 
  • Begin your job search utilizing Handshake, see a member of our office for help navigating the site.
  • Develop a list of professional references, confirm their willingness to serve as references, and provide them with a copy of your resume, and, if appropriate, a copy of your customized cover letter and a job description.
  • Schedule an appointment to review your resume and cover letter and to discuss and plan your job search. 
  • Review the Telling Your Story workbook in order to practice articulating your skills, abilities and knowledge.
  • Attend Career Fair at Millett Hall in Oxford, OH, held annually in September. Research the employers attending, the jobs they offer, and the majors they recruit. Many recruit all majors.
  • Use social networking as a part of your overall job search strategies. Learn how to leverage LinkedIn and other online networking tools as resources for managing and expanding your network.
  • Research potential employers specific to your area(s) of interest. Speak to Career Services & Professional Development staff for tips on how to research employers.
  • In addition to networking via social media, network using your faculty, family, former employers and friends to inform them of your career interests and gain valuable career and job search advice.
  • Begin making direct contact with potential employers. Send customized cover letters and resumes to the appropriate hiring managers. Use names received from your network, LinkedIn, or online resources.
  • Follow up with potential employers to discuss your interest in the position and a possible interview.
  • Send email thank you notes and/or handwritten thank you notes immediately following each interview.
  • Continue to interview.
  • Regularly check Handshake for available opportunities.

Winter Term

  • Continue to research, network and inform contacts of your job search plans.
  • Continue to set up informational interviews.

Spring Term

  • Revise your resume if necessary.
  • Continue to interview on- and off-campus and contact Career Services & Professional Development for workshops, programs, and other job search materials.
  • Attend the annual Job Fair in spring on the Hamilton campus and Spring Internship & Career Expo (Spring ICE) in February, on the Oxford campus.
  • Follow up with contacts made at the above Job/Career Fairs and request interviews when appropriate.
  • Maintain contact with your network for possible job leads and continue to make direct contact with additional employers.
  • Arrange an advising appointment to discuss additional job search strategies and questions.
  • TIP: Spring Break is a good time to schedule off-campus interviews.
  • Continue to review major/field specific websites for potential job openings.
  • Evaluate job offers.
  • Once you have accepted a job, thank and inform your references, support network, and any employers who may have extended a job offer.
  • If still available for employment upon graduation: our career counseling and advising appointments are open to alumni who have graduated from Miami University within the last 12 months. For those who are further along in their career and searching for employment or contemplating a career change, our Online Career Resources are available to assist you in your search.
  • Continue to network and make direct contact with employers.