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Job Search Basics

Throughout the job search process, continue to ask yourself what each employer is looking for. Your materials and interviews should showcase to employers how your skills and experience match their needs. Make it easy for them to visualize what your contributions will look like once hired.

Research

The first step to a successful job search is knowing what you're looking for. Taking time to do you research upfront will help save time later.

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  • Career Paths

    Spend time researching the path it will take for you to land in your ideal position. Where is the best place to start and what do you need to plan for?

  • Trends

    Curate a list of journals, blogs and professional organizations that can provide up-to-date trends in your field of interest.

  • Job Titles & Skills

    Shop around for job titles that interest you. Make notes about required qualifications, skills and responsibilities.

Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to identify search strategies that fit your interests.

Documents

Having effective job search documents is crucial to standing out and marketing yourself to employers. 

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  • Cover Letter

    A cover letter provides context for the resume. It makes a claim about what experiences and skills qualify you for the job or opportunity. Each cover letter should be tailored to a specific application.

  • Resume

    A resume is a conventional one-page document that presents evidence of the skills and knowledge you possess. While the formatting is important, the content has to align with the role or opportunity you are seeking.

  • Personal Statement

    This may be called a statement of purpose, personal statement, or letter of intent. Some statements require specific information while others leave the applicant free to address a wide range of topics.

  • Portfolio

    A portfolio is a presentation of your best work and demonstration of your skills. Portfolios can be used when applying for internships and jobs, gaining freelance clients and applying to graduate school.

Network

Begin seeking opportunities to have conversations with emerging and mid-career professionals, cultivating a community of mentors and peers.

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  • Informational Interviews

    An informational interview is a brief meeting with someone currently working in your field of interest that offers you an insider's perspective. The purpose is to better understand a particular position or industry and make connections.

  • Alumni Outreach

    The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network connects DePaul students and graduates with alumni to explore college and professional transitions, life challenges, and university or career questions.

  • Professional Organizations

    The mission of professional organizations is to further the advancement of a particular profession and the interests of the people in that profession. 

  • Career Fairs & Events

    There are a variety of job and internship fairs​, welcome top employers from Chicago and beyond who are seeking candidates from all educational and experience backgrounds.

  • Conferences

    A meeting of professionals in a given subject or profession. This is a great way to connect and stay up-to-date on industry and professional trends.


Search & Apply

It's important to dedicate enough time to your search. New positions are posted daily and competitive opportunities can be filled quickly. Stay up-to-date on your search and have your materials ready for when an opportunity comes up.

View Job Search Resources

  • Handshake

    Log in to find thousands of job and internship opportunities around the world from employers looking to hire DePaul students and alumni.

  • indeed

    Find millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards.

  • LinkedIn

    View job openings tailored to your experience and connect with current company employees who are part of your network.