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Jobs & Fellowships

Treat your job search as if it were another class in your academic schedule. Set aside hours each week to manage the process and begin the search early in your senior year. You must take advantage of all available resources to maximize your search for a job. Meet with a Career Development adviser to review and refine your strategy.

Step 1: Résumés and Job Search Letters

How Do You Look on Paper? (Devote 10 percent of your time to this step)

A résumé and cover letter are often your initial contact with a prospective employer, creating that all-important first impression. They must be perfect in appearance and execution.

  • Use the Career Development Résumé and Cover Letter Guides to create or update your documents
  • Bring your résumé and letters to Career Development for feedback during walk-in hours 
  • Use DCAN to receive résumé feedback from Davidson alumni and parents who can provide you with industry/career field specific advice

Step 2: Internship and Job Websites

Where Can I Look Online? (10 percent of your time)

Online job posting databases and websites enable you to research and apply to position postings. Direct employer contact is an important part of every job search; do not rely solely on online job postings.

Step 3: Networking & Connections

Who Would You Like to Know? (70 percent of your time)

Networking, the establishment and maintenance of relationships that can help move your career and job search forward is essential in any job search. It is the incorporation of people—parents, relatives, friends, Davidson alumni, former supervisors and colleagues, professors, and others–in your search.

Step 4: Interviewing

How Do You Present Yourself in Person? (10 percent of your time)

Too many possible job offers have been lost because the job hunter failed to prepare or practice for the interview. Being effective during the interview is crucial.

  • Conduct a practice interview with an alumnus/a in your chosen field through DCAN
  • Use InterviewStream, an online interview preparation tool, and review the Career Development Interview Guide
  • Conduct a mock interview with a Career Development adviser
  • Use alumni career advisers to receive additional, career field specific interviewing advice