Finding the right job or internship for you takes strategic planning. It’s a process that can take weeks or months—each person has their own unique timetable and can expect adjustments to be made along the way. Review this sample plan to find out more.
Job Search Preparation
Don’t go it alone.
One of the benefits of being at Kelley is access to a highly-ranked professional team of career coaches with a variety of backgrounds and business expertise.
We're here to help.
Questions about resumes, networking, or interview protocol? Drop by the Student Help Desk in Undergraduate Career Services where staff are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Make an appointment with a career coach to:
- Identify your skills and interests, and explore options in that major
- Develop your personal brand via your resume
- Draft a cover letter
- Identify your network
- Practice your brand pitch and learn how to engage recruiters
- Prepare for interviews
- Access a variety of career-related resources
- Build your own strategy via our seven-step action plan
We'll help you:
- Make your resume stand out.
As an important self-marketing tool, your resume highlights your work experience, extracurricular activities, skills, and educational background. Aim to clearly emphasize your experiences and transferable skills in relation to your targeted position by reviewing our effective resume tips and samples.
- Draft an effective cover letter.
Communication skills are essential for success in any business career. Job search correspondence includes cover letters, emails, informational interview requests, and thank you letters. Get a positive response by making sure that your correspondence is on target.
- Build your professional network.
Networking is key—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. In addition to your own relatives, friends, and acquaintances, resources such as Undergraduate Career Service’s employer database and the IU alumni directory are available to help you expand your base of professional contacts. Create your LinkedIn profile and join the Kelley School of business group to connect with Kelley alumni there. Work with a career coach and review these tips for effective networking.
- Ace your interview.
Congratulations! The company is interested in you and you got the interview. There are many things you will need to do before, during, and after the interview to ensure success. Get started with our interview tips and sample questions and utilize resources such as Glassdoor to do your company research.