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Looking for a job, fellowship, or year of service? Use this checklist to guide you through the process and check the Career Center calendar for plenty of opportunities to connect with employers and alumni.
Read our Recruitment Policies for Students for the Tufts Career Center no-show policy regarding interviews, info about reneging on jobs, insurance coverage for internships, COVID disclaimers, and more.
Remember: You’re welcome (and encouraged!) to chat with a career advisor as you complete any/all of these steps.
How much time will you be able to devote to your job search? Schedule it into your week, much as you would any class, club or other obligation. Set aside time for each of the steps listed here, i.e., learning about careers, preparing a resume and cover letters, searching for and evaluating positions, tailoring documents, applying, and following up.
Set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals for yourself, e.g., “This week, I’ll visit the Career Center’s drop-in hours for a resume review and review at least 5 job listings on two different search sites.”
As you plan, remember that different career fields have different recruiting timelines! Your process may not look like someone else’s, and that’s to be expected.
There are numerous ways to research careers and employers, and we encourage you to begin with our Explore Careers and Majors section. Tools like “What Can I Do With This Major?” can give you a big-picture sense of career fields that might fit with your competencies and experiences, while resources like Careers A-Z can help you drill down into particular career paths, potential employers and individual jobs of interest. Another great way to conduct research is to look at where Tufts grads work and attend graduate school via our Destination Outcomes page.
Networking (a.k.a. connecting with people to exchange information and develop contacts) is one of the most effective ways to learn about careers and employers. Best of all, you can learn from anyone: classmates, professors, past internship supervisors, family members, friends, and Tufts alumni.
One way to connect with people is to create a LinkedIn profile and reach out to alumni in The Herd and the Tufts University Career Network (Tufts’ largest LinkedIn group!) for advice in the form of an informational interview — a conversation with someone who can give you insider info about a profession, employer or industry. Another neat resource? Use the LinkedIn Alumni Tool to see where Tufts grads are working, what they studied, where they’re located, and more!