Four Steps for a Successful Job Search

The Secret: Early Planning

ONE: Focus on Professional Development

Become a leader and colleague, contribute to community

Masters students are encouraged to think broadly about developing and enhancing skills necessary for becoming a leader and colleague in their field of choice – essential for any future career endeavors. Build and demonstrate your skills in areas such as communication, leadership, writing, research and service.

  • Expand leadership skills and professional experiences
  • Participate in a campus organizations
  • Contribute to a department or university committee
  • Attend workshops, presentations, guest lectures
  • Develop writing and public speaking skills – seek opportunities

TWO: Explore Career Options: 

Explore on-line, learn from others, take an active approach

Consider career development as another course at Brown! Build self-assessment and career exploration into your schedule, not as an afterthought. Reflecting on your values, interests and skills will connect you to a satisfying career.

  • Conduct on-line research
  • Identify job titles and companies that hire in your career field
  • Read job ads and consider your preparedness
  • Conduct informational interviews with Brown alums and others using Brown Connect and LinkedIn Brown University Alumni page
  • Attend CareerLAB employer information sessions
  • Attend Brown Alumni Career Programs
  • Attend Career Fairs
  • Go to presentations in your department and elsewhere – every speaker is an employee or employer!
  • Attend professional meetings –associations have student sections
  • Talk with a CareerLAB Counselor

THREE: Build your Network: 

Find Brown alumni and other professional connections

Networking takes work, and doesn’t always feel comfortable. But — it works! Remember: Brown alums and others in your network want you to succeed, and are happy to help. Professionals are interested in talking with you about their career paths and answering your questions.

  • Embrace networking as part of being a professional!
  • Contact guest speakers from classes and around campus
  • Reach out to Brown alums in your field – use LinkedIn and Brown Connect
  • Follow up with alumni career program speakers
  • Ask your department for contact information of graduates
  • Identify faculty mentors at Brown and elsewhere
  • Keep in touch with prior networking contacts

FOUR: Understand the Job Search: 

Prepare to present yourself on paper, on-line, and in person

Finding a job involves marketing your “brand” and telling your story. Work with CareerLAB to develop an engaging resume and effective LinkedIn profile to get the interview, and then let’s do a mock interview to help prepare.

  • Familiarize yourself with CareerLAB and department resources
  • Register in Handshake!
  • Come to CareerLAB for a resume review
  • Learn job search cycles for various industries
  • Check CareerLAB calendar for fall recruiting schedule (tech, engineering, consulting primarily) and spring recruiting schedule (non-profit, government, some business)
  • Attend CareerLAB/department job search workshops on search strategies, resumes/cover letters, resources, interviewing, timelines
  • Meet with a CareerLAB advisor to discuss your individual search plan/timeline
  • Get smart about using social media
  • Update LinkedIn profile; join Brown grad school and other LinkedIn groups
  • Attend a workshop on effective interviewing – schedule a practice interview
  • Always be thinking about your priorities: Location? Type of organization? Issues or
  • causes? Skills used? Compensation?