Searching for Jobs

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Starting a job search can feel intimidating, but UW Tacoma provides a number of tools and resources to help plan out your search strategies.

  1. Narrow your focus.  Before you start your jobs search, it can be helpful to know what kinds of jobs you are pursuing.  If you don’t have any specific job titles in mind, you may want to take an assessment to find out how your skills and interests match certain careers.



  1. Update your resume. Resumes and cover letters are a potential employer’s first impression of you. Before you start to search and apply for positions, make sure your resume is up-to-date.

Résumé tips and samples


  1. Start searching. Handshake is a search tool that can help current and recent graduates from UW Tacoma find jobs and internships. In addition to job searching, you can view announcements for upcoming career-related events on-campus, in the local area, and even online.  Create your profile by logging in, entering your information, and uploading an updated resume.


Other job search resources


  1. Network. In additional to job search engines, networking (talking to people who have knowledge about the field you are interested in) can also lead to a job. One great way to network is to connect with alumni who graduated in your major or who are currently in a related position. Another way to get to know people with similar career interests is to join a club or professional organization related to your major.

Networking Strategies


UW Tacoma Student Organizations


  1. Interview.  After you have applied for a few jobs, hopefully you will land some interviews.  Take a look at the following advice to prepare for a successful interview.