Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

How to Search for a Job

The following steps will help you identify your interest, prepare for job applications and connect with job opportunities.

1. Consider what you want in a career

  • Focus on a specific city, industry and role to make the search less overwhelming and find a job more quickly.
  • Do you have a job or career path in mind? A career coach can help increase your potential for success by helping you create targeted application materials, articulate your skills and perform well in an interview. Schedule an appointment today.
  • Not sure what job type or career path might be appropriate for you? Use our career research tools to explore job titles, companies, industries and career paths.

2. Search for opportunities that match your needs

  • Now that you have a better idea of what you’re looking for, here are some of our search tools to help.
  • Want help sorting through all of these resources, and strategizing an approach to your job search? Schedule an appointment so that we can help.
  • Let these tools do some of the work for you. Many of the job boards on our search tools page will send you alerts when a job matching your criteria is posted.

3. Prepare your materials

  • Use the job description and list of qualifications in the job posting to customize your resume and cover letter each time you apply for something new.
  • Need help preparing your resume or cover letter? Start by checking out our resume and cover letter samples and templates.
  • Once you have a rough draft, stop by during our walk-in hours or schedule an appointment with a career coach to make sure your application materials are appropriately targeted to the job posting and organization.

4. Apply

  • Be sure to follow the application instructions precisely.
  • Stay organized- keep a list of all the jobs to which you’ve applied. You’ll want to be prepared when an organization follows up with you!

5.  Interview

  • Congrats on lining up an interview! Use the organization’s website to research the organization, its culture and the role thoroughly before your interview.
  • Learn interview types and strategies, and prepare responses to typical interview questions with the help of our interviewing page.  
  • Not feeling very confident about your upcoming interview? Take your interview preparation to the next level by scheduling a mock interview with one of our career coaches. We’ll customize your interview questions based on the industry and offer constructive feedback to help. 

Repeat steps 1-5 as necessary.

Visit a career coach to discuss what you might do to improve your next round of applications.

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    University of Texas at Austin
    FAC 18
    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508
    512-471-7900