Job Searching

The following resources will help you to prepare for and research potential jobs and organizations:


  • The best time to develop a network is before you need it.  People will be most receptive to your initial outreach when you are still a student, seeking advice and information about what you want to do with your life.

Mock interviewing –

The videotaped mock interview is one of the very best ways to prepare for an actual employment interview.

  • It allows you to gain experience and practice in answering questions which you are likely to be asked by the recruiter and then, by watching the videotape, to see yourself as others see you.
  • The Career Services staff member who takes the role of the recruiter will try to make the interview as realistic as possible by asking questions that are typical of those that might be asked for the type of position you are seeking.
  • At some point during the interview you will have the opportunity to ask questions that you would ask in an actual interview.

The mock interview takes about twenty minutes; then you will watch it with a Career Services staff member, discuss and critique it. Please call 535-2336 to book your 30-minute appointment.

  1. Be sure you have a resume.
  2. Dress for the Mock Interview as you would for a job interview and the staff will critique.
  3. Do your homework and think about possible responses. Don’t memorize your answers, but be prepared to respond to the interviewer’s questions by describing past experiences that will help give the interviewer a better idea of your qualifications.
  4. Prepare a list of interviewee (your) questions that you might want to ask the interviewer.
  5. Bring your resume and a description of the type of position you are seeking.

The National Associaton of Colleges and Employers ( NACE )  is a great source of information on the job and career search

Building a strong LinkedIn profile

Join our Plymouth State University Alumni & Students LinkedIn page.  Jobs opportunities, resources, support and old friends are always being updated.

  • Use keywords in your summary statement. Many employers  search by keyword, so use keywords—technical terms and skills—from your field.  Not sure what your best keywords are? Find profiles of people who hold the job  you’d like to get and see which keywords they use.
  • Write short text. Describe your skills and abilities in  short bursts of keyword-rich text. Use bullets to separate information.
  • List all your experience. LinkedIn, like other  social media, helps you connect with former colleagues and networking contacts  who may be able to help you find a job opportunity. It also gives an employer  searching to fill a job a description of your expertise.
  • Ask for recommendations. Collect a recommendation or two  from someone at each of the organizations where you’ve worked. Don’t forget to  get recommendations for internships you’ve completed.
  • Refresh your news. Update your status about major projects  you’ve completed, books you’re reading, and professional successes you’ve had,  at least once a week. This lets your professional contacts know what you are  doing and serves as a sign of activity for potential employers.
  • Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder.

Resumes and Cover Letters These documents will answer many of your questions

Interviewing  –

The interview is the last step of the hiring process–and the most important. It offers both you and the employer the opportunity to meet one another, exchange information and arrive at tentative conclusions about “hiring” one another. The interview is a two-way process. You evaluate the employer while he/she evaluates you. Since there is no one way of interviewing, you will have to develop your own style. In the short amount of time that you will spend with potential employer, you will either be screened in or screened out, so you must present yourself in a positive, enthusiastic manner. The interview gives the employer the opportunity to meet you in person and to evaluate the “total” you. This includes your attitude, appearance, personality, confidence, knowledge about yourself, and knowledge about the organization, as well as basic ability to do the job.  The following document will answer many of your questions about interviewing.  Interviewing guide

Join our Plymouth State University LinkedIn page

Job Search Manual Lots of great tips in looking for that job or internship.

Graduate School When to start and how to get into the school of your choice.