Graduate Student Job Search

Job Search Preparation for Graduate Students Workshop Series - Fall 2017

Please RSVP if you are interested in any or all of the topics below.
Location: McNeal 10, St. Paul campus
Time: 5:15-6:30pm, Wednesdays

  • Oct. 4 - Self-Assessment & Goal-Setting: What are your strengths, skills, values? Where are you going, & why?
  • Oct. 11 -  Job Search Preparation: Employer research, relationship builidng(networking), & position fit analysis
  • Oct. 25 - Resumes, CVs, & Cover Letters: Target your documents to get the interview!
  • Nov. 1 - Interviwing: Practice & get the offer!
  • Nov. 8 - Offer Negotiation & Professionalism: Treat yourself & others well

University of Minnesota Resources

Whether you are looking for academic or non-academic positions, explore the following resources for assistance and information:

  1. The Job and Internship Search Resources through Career and Internship Services for CCE, College of Design and CFANS.
  2. The Graduate & Professional Students' Guide to Career Planning a collaborative effort between The Graduate School and campus career services offices.
  3. To receive automatic notification of career- and job search-related workshops and events hosted by the Graduate School, subscribe to the Academic and Professional Development (APD) Update.

Non-academic Job Search

As a graduate student, your specialized set of skills and knowledge are particularly valuable, and in many cases essential, to employers in your area of expertise.  Because your skills and accomplishments are finely-focused, a multi-pronged approach to job search will be most fruitful; support and complement your online research with networking and project work.

  • Join professional associations for your industry and attend related events.  Volunteer with them to develop and contribute your transferable skills (organizational, project management, communication, problem-solving etc.)
  • Meet with professionals in your field. Tell them about your experiences and goals and ask about theirs.  Ask for their advice about positioning yourself, employers, and job search.  And ask how you can help them!  Then stay in touch.
  • Research employers who hire individuals with your expertise and contact them directly to inquire about projects, trends and jobs.  Use Linked In, Career and Employment Research resources and Company and nonprofit Directories.
  • Read job descriptions (search online job boards, organizations you know, professional journals and publications) to familiarize yourself with employers, industry jargon, required qualifications, and expectations.  

Career & Internship Services provides confidential career counseling and job search assistance to help you reach your goals. To schedule an appointment, call 612-624-2710.

Academic Job Search

The tips above are also relevant and appropriate to academic job search. A few differences are described below.

  • Applicants are expected to submit curriculum vitae rather than resumes.
  • An academic cover letter is often longer and more detailed than a traditional cover letter.
  • Interviews can be several days long and include several presentations, often known as 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).

The Center for Educational Innovation's Preparing Future Faculty Program and Job Market Resources has extensive information and resources on the above areas for grad students. Additionally, the Graduate School offers many career workshops for graduate students each semester.

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