Job Search

Welcome to the Job Search Community!

Finding a Job Is a Job in Itself Searching for a new job is hard work. In fact, it can be the toughest job you’ll ever have. The key to job search success is to treat the entire process like a business. To stand head and shoulders above the rest of the job-seeking crowd, it’s important to lay out an effective strategy. By defining what you want and need, you’re on your way to getting it. Know Yourself A successful job search begins with a strong understanding of who you are. See the “My Plan Assessment” for instructions on how to find out more about yourself, so you will know more about the types of positions you want, what you are qualified to do, and where you will be successful. Think about your short, mid, and long term career goals, then explore your skills and abilities, articulate your strengths, mitigate your weaknesses, and identify your priorities and values that will help you achieve them. Define What You’re Looking For What are your search criteria? Common search criteria are geographic location, application of skill set, connection to interest/passion, fit with work values, and compatibility with personality. Some people think it’s good to be flexible in your job search, and to some extent it is. However, being overly flexible can be a real hurdle. The more you can narrow down what you’re looking for and where, the more likely you’ll be able to uncover viable possibilities. It’s possible that you might have more than one thing you’re looking for though, and that’s fine! If you can describe (to yourself and others) the kinds of opportunities you’re aiming for, you can organize your search appropriately. You may have different methods that you use for different kinds of positions, organizations, fields, or geographic areas. Where to Look Diversity is important when it comes to your job search. Looking in a variety of places will assure that you are not overlooking any possible position postings. Look at online listings, like on the company’s website or on Handshake, at social media, like LinkedIn, at Professional Associations that are related to your field, and attend career fairs and expos, as well as other networking events that are offered on campus. See the “General Job Search Resources” and search by keyword or location. To search for jobs in Handshake, log in to your account, then click on “Search Jobs.” To find the schedule of networking events, click on “Events and Workshops.” Know Your Audience Research can make all the difference in your search. You need to look more like a great potential colleague than a desperate job seeker! There are plenty of desperate job seekers. It’s your job to do the research needed to understand your top employers’ needs and place yourself in situations where you can demonstrate your abilities. Researching the employer will also help you when it comes to writing your resume and cover letter, as well as in an interview. Quality Over Quantity Focus your energy on writing personalized cover letters, targeted resumes, and sending them out to companies hiring for position that you are qualified for. The closer a match, the better your chances of getting hired. Follow Up Following up with a company after you apply is a critical step in the job search. A call to the hiring manager can bring your name and resume to the top of the pile. Watch the “close date” on the job posting and wait a week after the deadline to give the company a chance to sort through applications. If there is no close date, one week after submitting your application is an appropriate amount of time to wait to follow up. Keep the tone of the conversation light and friendly and ask questions, if possible. Be Persistent Job searching is difficult, and there are times when you will be discouraged. Just keep in mind that everyone has been through the same grind at one point. Try to keep a positive attitude, and look at your job hunt as an exciting challenge. The Bottom Line The Internet should not be your only means of searching for jobs. Talking to people, asking questions, and being able to quickly and easily describe who you are (your interests, skills, experience) and what you’re looking for may be your best job search method. Conduct informational interviews and don’t be afraid to network!


Featured Resources

It is difficult to get a job or internship through strong grades alone. U.S. employers value students with extracurricular activities, …

Networking is an EXTREMELY important part of earning a job after graduation. It’s even more important for international students in …

Whilst most employers and job postings are legitimate, there is always the risk that some may be scams. Sometimes it …


The Career Center, in partnership with the Toulouse Graduate School, recognizes that with your graduate education you are gaining …

Contact & Location

(940) 565-2105

Sage Hall, Suite 202
1167 Union Circle
Denton, TX 76203

Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Regular Hours Quick Chats
Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm no drop-in hours
Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm 9:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm no drop-in hours
Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm 12:00pm-3:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm no drop-in hours

Learn how to Connect with the Career Center

Regular Hours: Appointments by phone, in-person, email and Zoom; Students and Recent Graduates – Navigate; Experienced Alumni – Handshake. Drop-Ins: (no appointment needed) Phone or video – Navigate; In-person – Sage 280

Share Kudos with the Career Center staff.

The UNT Career Center encourages persons with disabilities to participate in our events and meet with our staff. If you anticipate needing an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call 940-565-2105 in advance of the event or your visit.