Job Search Timeline

August/September (12 months prior to employment)

    • Attend any applicable orientations/workshops offered by the Center for Career and Vocation
    • Register with the Center for Career and Vocation and inquire about career services
    • Begin to define career goals by determining the types, sizes and geographic locations of companies/agencies/schools within your interest area

October

    • Begin to identify references and ask them to prepare letters of recommendation for credential or placement files
    • See a counselor at the Center for Career and Vocation to discuss your job-search plans
    • Continue to attend any applicable workshops offered by the Center for Career and Vocation

November

    • Check to see that you are properly registered at the Center for Career and Vocation
    • Begin developing a resume and basic cover letter
    • Begin networking by contacting friends, faculty members, etc. to inform them of your plans. If possible, give them a copy of your resume

December/January

    • Finalize your resume and make arrangements for it to be reproduced. You may want some tips on resume reproduction from the Center for Career and Vocation
    • Attend any appropriate career planning and placement workshops
    • Use the directories available at the Center for Career and Vocation to develop a list of companies/agencies/schools in which you have an interest
    • Contact potential employers to request application materials

February

    • Check the status of your credential or placement file at the Center for Career and Vocation
    • Send completed applications to potential employers, with resume and cover letter
    • Inquire about companies which will be recruiting at the college, and about the procedures for interviewing with them

March/April

    • Research companies/agencies/schools with which you will be interviewing
    • Interview on campus and follow up with thank you letters
    • Continue to follow up by phone with companies/agencies/ schools of interest
    • Begin monitoring the job vacancy listings available at the Center for Career and Vocation

May/June

    • Just before graduation, check to be sure you are completely registered with the Center for Career and Vocation and that your credential or placement file is in good order
    • Maintain communication with your network of contacts
    • Continue to monitor the Center for Career and Vocation job vacancy bulletin board and other vacancy listings
    • Revise your resume and cover letters as necessary
    • Interview off campus and follow up with thank you letters
    • Begin considering job offers. Ask for more time to consider offers, if necessary
    • Accept the best job offer. Inform those associated with your search of your acceptance

Adapted from material originally prepared at Miami University of Ohio