Career Services

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Job Search

An effective job search requires time, effort, and varied approaches.  The more of the following strategies you apply, the greater your likelihood of success.

Visit Career Services

  • Learn about occupations and industries, explore career options and resources, discuss your options with a career counselor.

Conduct Information Interviews

  • Talk with people who work in fields that interest you.

Create Job Search Documents Such as Resumes and Cover Letters

  • Have a career counselor help you create effective and professionally written job search documents and correspondence

Research Employers

  • Learn as much as possible about the industries and organizations that interest you.


  • Let family, friends, alumni, professors, Linked In members and others know you are searching.

Intern or Volunteer

  • Take on a short-term position in an area of interest to you.

Prepare to Interview

  • Prepare for interviews by reviewing Career Services material describing typical questions and responses, participating in "mock" interviews, and using Interview Stream online interview program

Use ToreroLink and Participate in On-Campus Interviewing

  • Search and apply for internships, part-time and full-time positions.

Participate in Career Expo, the Internship Fair, and Other USD Career Events

  • Research prospective employers and internships, interact with recruiters, arrange interviews.

Search Job Sites and Employer Career Sites

  • Find recent and useful information; submit your resume.

Attend Professional Association Events

  • Network with professionals and keep abreast of industry trends and practices

Read Career Topics in the News

  • Career tips from USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report

View 55 Career Tips

  • Take five minutes to learn 55 valuable career tips

Read Job Choices Magazine

  • Up-to-date information on interviewing, networking, using social media in your job search, connecting at career fairs, and more…

Final Note

Searching for a job takes time, effort, and organization. Your initial job search is just the first step in achieving your long-term career goals. If you are realistic, persistent, and proactive, you are likely to achieve success.

For assistance with your job search, make an appointment to meet with a University of San Diego Career Services career counselor.