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 Services advisor to review and refine your strategy.

Step 1: Résumés and Job Search Letters

How Do You Look on Paper?
(Devote 10% 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 Services Résumé and Cover Letter Guides to create of update your documents
  • Bring your résumé and letters to Career Services for feedback during walk-in hours 
  • Have your résumé reviewed by alumni, family and friends who can provide you with industry/career field specific advice

Step 2: Internship and Job Websites

Where Can I Look Online?

(Devote 10% of your time to this step)

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?
(Devote 70% of your time to this step)

Networking is essential in any job search. It is simply the establishment and maintenance of relationships that can help move your career and job search forward. 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?
(Devote 10% of your time to this step)

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!

  • Use CareerBeam, an online interview preparation tool, and review the Career Services Interview Guide
  • Conduct a mock interview with a Career Services adviser
  • Use alumni career advisers to receive additional, career field specific interviewing advice