Job Search Steps
Exploring the World of Work and Finding Your Career

Identify Your:

  • Career values
  • Interests
  • Motivating skills
  • Level of requirement education
  • Types of occupations
  • Relevant industries
  • Possible occupations

Plan Your Strategy

  • Where to look
  • Who to contact
  • Create your 2 minute introduction
  • Make connections
  • Ask questions
  • Set short-term goals
  • Find a mentor and build support team
  • Invest in professional attire

Explore Your Options

  • Interview professionals for information about industries and occupations
  • Create a top 10 list of employers
  • Contact individuals who can help build your job network
  • Meet with contacts, share information on job leads, and follow-up on referrals



  • Research job market/industry and targeted occupations
  • Explore all types of websites, search engines, and ways to achieve your employment goals
  • Read employer profiles and marketing materials
  • Investigate organizations’ services, products, and financial status



  • Network with anyone who can assist with an interview and a job
  • Attend professional associations, events, meetings, conferences, and job fairs
  • Stay in contact with past professors, employers, managers, and colleagues
  • Seek out social and civic events or sporting activities to expand your network



  • Create a professional portfolio that highlights your achievements, awards, and visual representation of your talents and work
  • Email, fax, or mail your resume and business letters, e.g. letter of inquiry or a thank-you note
  • Make calls to establish rapport and uncover hidden jobs


  • Stay in touch with your network contacts
  • Extend appreciation to friends who are supporting you during this time
  • Contact your top ten list of employers again for new prospects or to express renewed interest in working for their organization



  • Be patient and persistent because a job search can take several months or longer
  • Become involved in activities that can continue to build skills, knowledge, and credentials
  • Bolster your self-esteem and confidence by staying committed to your job search plans and goals


Now You Have The Basics

Attend these Career Center seminars for a chance to ask questions and receive personalized information on your future career.

  • Conducting An effective Job Search
  • Clarifying Your Career Direction

You can view our seminar dates and times here.

Remember, at the UT Dallas Career Center, our focus is on you!

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