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Job Search Strategies

Researching jobs and career paths is an investment well worth making. Some people have known exactly what they have wanted to do since elementary school. But most have experimented and tested many possibilities throughout their life.

If you don't know exactly what you want to do upon graduation, that's OK; the Huntsman School is here to help. We offer a number of resources to assist you in finding your dream job. However, it also requires effort in research, self-reflection, and exploration. Taking time to figure out what you want can be the difference between getting a regular job versus your dream job.

Career Action Plan

The Career Action Plan is a personal, step by step method to discover your career objectives. Fill out the form, and set up a one-on-one coaching appointment with your career specialist.

Online Resources

  • Company Website
    • If you know the company (or companies) where you would like to work, you may be able to find a career section on their website. Depending on the company, you may also be emailed new positions or follow an RSS feed of the company's new job openings.
  • AGGIE | handshake
    • All job opportunities that come through the university are found in Aggie Handshake. Alumni like to hire students or graduates from their alma mater and use this site to find great applicants. There are different ways to search, such as being emailed new jobs that fit a specific title or company.
    • View a step-by-step guide to navigating Aggie Handshake
  • LinkedIn
    • As one of the worlds largest online networking platform, LinkedIn provides job seekers an easy way to showcase their professional life, goals,and connections. Unlike other popular social media sites, LinkedIn focuses on career development and work productivity. Job hunters and employers alike are engaged in finding the right fit for them.
  • Indeed
    • An online search engine for all things jobs and career. As one of the most common (and easy) ways to search for a job, Indeed.com is a great way to begin your research for possible career paths.
Do not exclusively search for jobs through online resources. Because of the convenience, it is easy to become reliant on them. They are a tool, just like every strategy listed here, and are merely a part of your complete approach.

Personal Connections

Another way of searching for jobs and internships is by using your personal connections. Doing this effectively is much more of an art than a science. It takes tact and professionalism. The way you let people know you are looking for a job can affect the type of help they give. There are a few things that can help make asking your contacts about job opportunities more effective:
  • Be honest.
  • Take into consideration that some people may not be familiar with your skills.
  • Tell them why you are asking them specifically.
  • Be grateful for any help you receive.

Consider following up with people that have offered help and offer to help them. Look for ways you can work together and help each other.

Huntsman School of Business Resources

  • Focused Fridays
    • Fridays at the Huntsman School are dedicated to accelerating careers, whether through workshops on resume writing and interview prep, or listening to professionals from different industries discuss career opportunities, or the chance to rub elbows with executives through our unique Leadership Forum series. Learn more about Focused Fridays.
  • Career Exploration Trips
    • Career exploration trips open students up to the vast opportunities available to graduates of the Huntsman School of Business. Students connect with alumni, get career advice, job search tips and enjoy an immersive workplace experience during each visit. They enable students to understand first-hand opportunities for meaningful careers. Career exploration trips are fantastic opportunities to network with and learn from dynamic alumni and friends of the university. Learn more about Career Exploration Trips.
  • Career Expo
    • The Huntsman Career Expo is your opportunity to make early connections with key professionals and learn about internship and employment opportunities with 50 of the Huntsman School’s best corporate partners. Get your suit cleaned, get your resume polished and start practicing your personal elevator pitch! Learn more about the Huntsman Career Expo.
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Getting involved with one or more Huntsman Student Clubs puts you in an automatic network of like-minded students and a faculty advisor. Club meetings will often bring in special guests, and do activities that prepare students for their future careers. Learn more about Huntsman Student Clubs and Organizations.

Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing is a great way to see into the work-life of your career interests without having an official internship or job. This takes preparation on your part, to contact the company or person you wish to shadow and ensure that you are not interrupting their schedule. A job shadow can last from a couple of hours up to a week or more.

For more information about Job Shadowing, read the article “What is Job Shadowing, and How Can it Help Your Career”.

Informational Interviews

Seeking out someone that is connected to the career, job, or position you are interested in, is a great way to gather information and advice. This also provides an opportunity to network, and even practice your communication skills with someone in the industry.