Graduate Student Job Search
Job Search Preparation for Graduate Students Workshop Series - offered once each academic year
St. Paul campus
Date/Time: TBA (watch this site and email)
- Self-Assessment & Goal-Setting: What are your strengths, skills, values? Where are you going, & why?
- Job Search Preparation: Employer research, relationship builidng (networking), & position fit analysis
- Resumes, CVs, & Cover Letters: Target your documents to get the interview!
- Interviewing: Practice & get the offer!
- Offer Negotiation & Professionalism: Treat yourself & others well
Whether you are looking for academic or non-academic positions, explore the following resources for assistance and information:
- Schedule a confidential 1:1 appointment with a career counselor in Career & Internship Services (serving CCAPS, CDes, CFANS). Call 612-624-2710 to schedule about:
- resume, cover letter and CV review
- networking tools and tips
- interview preparation and practice
- offer negotiation counsel
- Job and Internship Search Resources
- Academic, Career and Campus Update of the Graduate School lists upcoming career prep workshops and events.
- Building Your Career from the Graduate School.
- If you're considering an academic career, participate in the Preparing Future Faculty Program
About Every Job Search
Start today by building and maintaining relationships with professionals in your field. Build them now, before you need them. Why? Benefits include:
- Job leads
- Introductions to other professionals
- Meet interesting people!
- Industry and employer information
Meet with professionals in your field. Ask about their professional experiences and tell them about yours. Ask for their advice about positioning yourself, employers, and job search. And ask how you can help them! Then stay in touch.
Join professional associations for your industry and attend related events. Introduce yourself, show interest in others, offer your help, time and expertise.
Research employers who hire individuals with your expertise and contact them directly to inquire about trends, potential projects and jobs. Use LinkedIn, Career and Employment Research resources and Company and Nonprofit Directories.
Start early familiarizing yourself with employers, industry jargon, required qualifications, and expectations by reading job descriptions (search online job boards, organizations you know, professional journals and publications).
Non-academic Job Search
In addition to all the resources above, see:
- Inside Higher Ed, Alternative to Academic Careers (Alt-Ac) advice
- Versatile PhD (login with your UMN email), Helping graduate students and PhDs envision, prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers
- SciPhD, Addressing concerns of early career scientists ($19.95 for skills assessment of “24 core business competencies that are valued by industry for entry level positions”. This listing does not represent endorsement).
Academic Job Search
Refer the relevant resources above, and prepare to:
- Submit a curriculum vitae.
- Write your research statement.
- Prepare your "Job Talk" (for tips on what makes a good job talk, visit A Dozen Slides and The Professor Is In: How to Deliver a Halfway Decent Job Talk).
- Tailor your application materials for the type of institutions to which you’re applying. Your message, and the process, will be different for community colleges, liberal arts institutions and public research universities.
- See career advice from Inside Higher Ed.
Academic Job Search Sites
- Inside Higher Ed Careers
- Chronicle of Higher Education Jobs Section
- Academic Keys
- Higher Education Recruitment Consortium