Begin your Job Search

How to Begin your Job Search

A well-prepared job seeker is often more successful than an unprepared job seeker. Before you start looking for internships, full-time or part-time employment, there are a few things you need to know.

What Do I Need?

Of course, all job applications — whether it’s for your first professional job or an internship — start with a resume and cover letter. But if you’ve never job hunted before, you may not be familiar with these materials at all or you may need to brush up on the basics.

An important aspect of this is that once you narrow down a position you’d like to apply for, you’ll need to tailor your cover letter and resume to that specific role. The goal here is to position yourself as the perfect fit for that job description.

Can you help me?

Come to Career Studio — a workspace in which you can begin searching for jobs or internships and where you will have access to Walter Center staff to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process. You can virtually drop by weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get help on specific topics. You can also schedule a one-on-one career coaching appointment through Handshake at any time.

Where do I find open positions?

The Walter Center’s Employer Relations team is constantly in contact with organizations that want to hire IU students. Available positions are posted to Handshake for College of Arts + Sciences students to browse. However, you will have to completely fill out your profile before getting started.  You can browse Featured Jobs + Internships, but you may need to visit Handshake to complete the application.

However, there are several other ways to find open positions for long-term and short-term work experience.

Find a Paid, Remote Micro-Internship
The Walter Center launched a partnership with Parker Dewey to provide opportunities for paid, remote, short-term, project-based micro-internships.

Prepare for a Career Fair
The Walter Center holds one large career fair at the beginning of each semester, and several niche career events throughout the year. Use this handout to prepare to attend one, and look at our event’s calendar to find one that interests you.

Handshake is a free platform that allows students to research careers and jobs, read reviews of employers from other college students, and quickly apply for relevant jobs and other experiences.

See the Resource Library
Head over to our Resource Library to find a comprehensive list of resources that could help you find work.