Graduate Student Job Search

Job Search Preparation for Graduate Students Workshop Series

About the series:

  • Offered once each academic year.
  • It’s preparation for your job search. Participate several semesters before you begin your job search.
  • Focus is on non-academic job search.
  • Commitment to the series is encouraged, not required.  Sessions inform and support each other.
  • Open to all UMN graduate students.

Location: Zoom
Time: 10-11am (presentation, then Q & A)


  • Tues., 2/9/21, Self-Assessment and Goal-Setting: What are your strengths, skills, values? Where are you going, and why?
  • Tues., 2/16/21, Job Search Preparation: Employer research, relationship building (networking), & position fit analysis.
  • Tues., 2/23/21, Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters: Target your documents to get the interview.
  • Tues., 3/2/21, Interviewing: Practice, to get the offer.
  • Tues., 3/9/21, Offer Negotiation and Professionalism: Negotiate for yourself, and give your best to your team.


You may access videos/ppts, readings, and worksheets from the Job Search Preparation for Graduate Students workshops at the series' Canvas site at any time. Self enroll at The site will show up in your list of Canvas courses. You may unroll at any time.  

Jobs for Students (funding your studies)

Resources including fellowships, University student jobs, Graduate Assistantships.

Job Search Resources

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

Job Search Tips

Start today by building and maintaining relationships with professionals in your field. Build them now, before you need them. Why?  These benefits:

  • References
  • Job leads
  • Introductions to other professionals
  • Meet interesting people!
  • Industry and employer information
  • Mentoring

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.

Identify and make the most of professional associations in your industry.  Attend and volunteer at conferences and events, connect with members, stay abreast of industry trends.

Research employers who hire individuals with your expertise.  Seek out organizational and industry news.

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:

  • Job and Internship Search Resources
  • 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
  • SciPhDAddressing 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).
  • Cheeky Scientist, the world’s largest PhD-only job search training platform specifically for helping PhDs transition into industry careers. This listing does not represent endorsement.
  • Check out GoldPASS powered by Handshake, the university's job and internship board.

Academic Job Search

PDF iconAcademic Job Search: Intro and Worksheets

Refer the relevant resources above, and prepare to: 

Academic Job Search Sites

International Academic Job Search Sites