Students in the iCons Program develop professional and academic skills that translate directly to the workforce and graduate level research. This section provides resources and opportunities that will help students find their individual paths to success.
Ten tips when starting your search:
- Reflect and refine: Make an inventory of your interests, skills, and goals, and look for the patterns that emerge. Your ideal career is in there somewhere. Career Planning Food for Thought
- Get organized: Create a job database, using spreadsheets to keep track of your top employers, enticing internships, application deadlines, and professional contacts.
- Seek out experts: The name “Career Services” says it all. Schedule an interview with a specialist who can provide guidance on everything from starting your job search, to crafting a resume appropriate to your field, to negotiating a salary: UMass Career Services
- Cast a wide net: Search multiple databases, attend information sessions, meet recruiters, go to career fairs, and take advantage of your academic network: Ask faculty, staff, and peers if they have any suggestions.
- Take initiative: If you are interested in working or interning for a specific organization, but they aren’t advertising any positions, don’t be afraid to reach out to them to make an inquiry and express your enthusiasm.
- Go to the source: When you find an organization that interests you, identify the person who holds your dream position, and contact him or her to ask for an informational interview. By finding out how that person got from point A to B, you can determine how to move in the right direction.
- Cover your bases: When preparing application materials for a specific job, make sure to explicitly address the qualifications required for the position. For each relevant duty, clearly link your skills and experiences to the organization’s needs.
- Be prepared: Update your resume at the beginning of every semester, at least. You never know when you might stumble upon an opportunity, or meet someone with connections who can pass along your resume.
- Follow up: Be prompt and polite when corresponding with potential employers. Thank you notes never go out of style. Even when you receive a rejection, it’s wise to leave a good impression. There’s always a chance another position will come along that is more in-line with your qualifications.
- Keep your chin up: Don’t be discouraged by rejections. Use them as an opportunity to reflect, refine, and grow.