Job Search Tools

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The University Career Center has several resources to support you in your job search, from narrowing down your list of ideal employers, to creating the perfect application materials, to making a great impression at your interviews. 

As a KU student, you also have access to for hundreds of internship, part- and full-time job listings from employers interested in hiring KU students. Check out the resources below for more information on each topic, and for individualized help, make an appointment with a Career Coach. 

Preparation Tools

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There are 5 basic steps to consider in a job search. Don’t frustrate yourself by applying for jobs before you've laid the groundwork to be successful.

1. Identify your job targets

You can’t reach your destination if you don’t know where you're headed. 

2. Network

Make personal connections and gain useful information for career decision-making and professional advancement.

3. Research

Find information on careers and employers so you can know what opportunities exist and the kind of employer for whom you'd like to work. 

4. Prepare

Write a resume and a cover letter, talk to your references and get ready to interview.

5. Implement the plan

Implementing a job search is more than just one activity – it is a series of different activities going on at the same time.  For example, on a weekly basis:

  • Respond to job listings (10 or more).
  • Do an informational interview.
  • Send resumes to 5 companies based on articles you have read.
  • Discuss job leads with 2 contacts, send follow-up resume.
  • Select 3 companies through library/web research and send letter/resume.
  • Attend networking events.

And one bonus step...

6. Stick with it

Finding a job is hard work! It can take 3 to 6 months to find your first job, depending on how much time you spend on the search. Two-thirds of job hunters spend only 5 hours/week on their job hunt.


We'd love to help you in your career planning process!

The University Career Center is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm for both virtual and in-person appointments.  It’s open for virtual appointments Tuesday - Wednesday, 5-7pm.   We have 30-60 minutes appointments available for each appointment type.

Appointments can be made through our online scheduling system on HireJayhawks or by contacting us at 785-864-3624. Leave a message if you don't reach us. We will call you back ASAP.

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