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How do I get started with my job search?

The job search is an exciting time! You have the chance to showcase your knowledge and accomplishments to land your dream job. But it can be hard to know where to get started. Here are a few tips for a successful job search.

Getting ready

  • Before beginning your job search, it’s important to prepare. Start thinking about your job search at least one to two semesters before you plan to graduate.
    • Reflect on your goals, skills, and values. Focus your job search on areas where there’s a match.
    • Research the industries that interest you. Identify possible job titles and companies. Connect with Miami alumni on LinkedIn to learn more about their career journeys.
    • Make sure your resume is ready to go. Learn about cover letters and practice your interview skills
    • For extra tips, check out the College Grad's Guide to Getting Hired.

Where to begin

  • Handshake is the online recruiting platform for all Miami University students. Visit Handshake to search for both national and local jobs. You can also use Handshake to register for networking events with employers, information sessions, and career fairs.
  • LinkedIn is a great way to connect with Miami University alumni, learn more about different companies, and find job postings. 
  • Faculty and staff are here to help with the job search, too. Ask us for advice and about opportunities to connect with alumni and local employers.
  • Miami Regionals hosts at least one career fair each semester. Make sure to attend career fairs to connect with employers and learn more about companies in our region.

Navigating the job search

  • Stay organized by using a spreadsheet to track companies you want to work for and positions you’ve applied for.
  • Set up email alerts to be notified of opportunities on a regular basis.
  • Don’t give up! Rejection is a part of the job search process. Given the competitive job market, you might apply for several jobs and only get one call for an interview. But one interview can be all it takes to land your dream job. Stay focused and be confident in yourself!

COVID emergency job search toolkit

  • If your employment status has been negatively affected by COVID-19, we’ve put together a collection of resources to help you navigate this difficult time. The following are links to websites that have part-time/seasonal job postings that may help you find a temporary or part-time position during this pandemic.
    • Snagajob – local part-time and seasonal jobs
    • Indeed – local part-time and seasonal jobs
    • Amazon – warehouse package handler, shopper, delivery driver
    • Kroger – ecommerce clerk, retail clerk
    • Walmart– a number of positions available. Text "Jobs" to 240240 and reference Store #1441 (Mason, OH) to apply.
    • UPS – package handler
    • FedEx – warehouse, delivery driver, customer service
    • COVID-19 Job Search - find job opportunities in your area 
    • Students+ - helping seniors navigate the job search during COVID
  • In addition, Career Services is still offering resume reviews, interview preparation tips, and career advice through virtual appointments.

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