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Use the search strategies below to jump start your next job or internship search. Use two or more concurrently to shorten the length of your search! Job Search tracking Spreadsheet.

Networking

Talking with professionals who have the type of job you are interested in landing, is the number one best search strategy! Spend most of your searching time on this strategy to speed up your job searching timeline. Review the 4 steps of networking below to get started. 

  1. Make a list of EVERYONE you know, regardless of their profession (i.e. you don’t know who they know!). Use this network tracking template to record contacts, track your progress, and organize your referrals.
  2. Reach out to schedule informational interviews. Request 15-20 minutes to learn more about their career path/organization or ask for referrals. 
  3. Prepare for the conversation: Craft a concise self introductiondress to impress and be resume ready
  4. Follow-up on all leads. Statistically speaking, this is when networkers have success! 

Expand your network

Posted Positions

Hiring managers who are having a difficult time filling positions (i.e. competition for candidates is tight or they are searching for a hard to find skill set) tend to advertise openings on job boards. The job seeker can search for advertised openings and apply for positions online.

Handshake is UMD’s student & alumni job search platform for on-campus, part-time, internship, and full-time jobs. You can find thousands of opportunities in Handshake at any time. 

Application Tips 

Over 95% of organizations use an Applicant Tracking System to manage applications. Use the tips below to increase your odds of getting past the digital gatekeepers.

Employment Agencies

Agencies work for employers to locate job seekers with specific skills to fill short term positions.

A growing number of organizations are outsourcing their hiring to temporary agencies. A temporary agency will locate and vet candidates that possess the skills required for a position. Organizations may use the short term jobs to "test" an employee and then offer the employees that they see as a good fit a full-time position. Other organizations use temp agencies to find professionals to fill in for a short period of time (i.e. the busy season). Learn more about how temp agencies operate

PREPARE: Identify your skill set and industry references. Also consider your geographical work preferences and contact an agency in that area.

EXPECTATIONS: The initial interview may include tests to assess your skills. Prepare for this interview as you would a traditional interview.