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Prepare for the Job Search

Write a Resume

  • Resume Packet In-depth, created by UConn Waterbury.  Sample resume at end.
  • Resume Samples  Sample resumes that correspond with certain majors; First-year resume samples. Cover letter samples.
  • Tips for E-mailing resume:  YouTube Video
  • Create a Video Resume:   Students can showcase their personality and soft skills in a short well thought-out video pitch that is shareable via email, job boards, or social media networks.
  • How to Write a Cover Letter
  • Make a career services appointment: Bring a draft of resume to the Career Counselor to be critiqued:  Multiple appointments may be necessary, but it is worth the time to have it reviewed.
  • For other sample resumes, obtain Job Search materials on rack outside of career office, Room 228E.


Ace the interview!

  • Interview packet from UConn Waterbury gives step-by-step tips on what to expect in the interview and addresses how to answer interview questions and what questions you can ask.  There is a handy checklist at the end of the packet.
  • Job Interview Basics  A quick overview
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Interview Attire
  • More companies are conducting on-line video interviews. For assistance on how to prepare and participate, click on the link.
  • How to Handle a Telephone Interview
  • Make a career services appointment  for Mock Interview Practice.  The Waterbury Career Development Office can help you prepare for the actual interview through the mock interview and personal feedback on performance. You must submit a resume and provide a sample job description so the Student Affairs staff can prepare.


Research the Job Market:

  •  O*Net:  A great occupational research site! Salaries, skills, outlook, green careers,and more.  See VIDEOS of careers.
  • Community Organization Contacts The list includes contact people, email addresses, mission of agency and web addresses.
  • To locate agencies in all industry categories, use the Yellow Pages.
  • “CareerBliss is a career community dedicated to help you find happiness in the workplace and therefore in life.” This site offers jobs, review of employers by employees, salary information for those same employers by those same employees, and the BlissFinder, their survey of your work situation designed to help you find what makes you happy (or unhappy) about your current job.
  •  A comprehensive first-class site with all links to employment databases listed by state all over the country–developed by the federal government. Good links to occupational and labor market information, as well as to jobs and employers.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: Review info from the principle fact-finding agency for the federal government in the field of labor economics and statistics.  The BLS also contains the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Gather career information such as job descriptions, educational requirements, salary ranges, and employment outlook. Research the Occupational Outlook Quarterly where you can read about country-wide job outlook and employment prospects.


Research Salaries

  •  Estimate your taxable income based on salary
  • Not only salaries but total compensation. The Salary Wizard is fast and easy to use, allowing you to search for base, median, and top-level earnings in hundreds of jobs for many occupational areas, and they have much of the data spun to your local jurisdiction.