Published: Oct. 4, 2021

people working in an officeWith virtual career fairs happening this month, it’s time to gear up for your industry job search! Here are some tips to make sure you’re prepared.

1. Keep your online profiles up to date

Check your LinkedIn, Handshake, Github, ResearchGate and other online profiles and make sure they contain your most recent educational and work experiences. Completed profiles allow recruiters and fellow professionals to find and connect with you on these crucial platforms, and can lead to opportunities for jobs or further networking.

2. Update your resume and CV

The beginning of your job search is a great time to review and polish up your resume and CV. Are your documents up to date? Is the formatting working for you or against you? Are you representing your education and experiences in ways that will support your candidacy for your dream job? If you aren’t sure, connect with Career Services to have your resume and CV reviewed by a graduate career development advisor or use VMock for feedback. Once you’ve updated your documents, make sure the new wording matches what’s on your online profiles.

If you need a professional headshot, stop by the Career Services office Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. to use the new photo booth.

3. Network, network, network

Now is a great time to capitalize on your existing networking connections and work to build new ones. Find alumni of CU Boulder and other schools you’ve attended who are working in the fields, organizations and roles that interest you, and reach out to set up informational interviews. Networking is more crucial than ever, as you look for opportunities and insider information on the jobs and organizations that interest you, as well as more attainable. 

Some folks may not be comfortable meeting in person yet, so Zoom and email are still great options for networking. Email gives you the chance to craft your questions carefully ahead of time, while Zoom allows all the face-to-face time of an in-person meeting with none of the uncomfortable pants and shoes.

If you have questions about your online profiles or job documents, reach out to a career development advisor for a one-on-one appointment. You can also attend grad student office hours on Zoom (Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m.), or attend Industry Job Search Seminars on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. These sessions will lay out the basics of a non-academic job search, tackling resumes, cover letters, interviewing and negotiation along the way.