Stephen F. Austin State University

Job & Internship Search

You've Got the Skills

Now you just have to get started. Here are some helpful resources to help you get started!
Job Search Plan of Action - This checklist will help you plan out the process of searching for a job.
Job Tracking Worksheet - This worksheet is a helpful document you can use to track the jobs you are interested, apply to and interview for. This way you will keep all these jobs straight.

Employers rank the desired skills in a college grad: communication, analytical, technical, teamwork skills, and strong work ethic.

Finding a Job

Where do you begin?

It may be a bit trite but it is nonetheless true that you should 'begin with the end in mind'. Many things pertinent to this process seem elementary but are essential to a comprehensive job search strategy. Understand that you are not alone in this process. It is evident that graduates find rewarding careers each year and many begin this process utilizing the resources provided by their colleges and universities. Understand that persistence and commitment to accomplishing a goal pays off. This same resolute focus will bring many dividends when applied to the job search process.

Get Organized

Writing a résumé or a cover letter, preparing for interviews and follow-up interviews, and negotiating salaries and benefits are priorities that need close attention to detail. The more organized your job search process, the more prepared you will feel when walking into an interview. There are some helpful worksheets on the right you can download. You can also receive job search, interviewing, and résumé tips following the links on the left.

Use the F.I.A. Approach


Identify people and/or companies for whom you would like to work


Connect with those people via social networks and through private contact. Demonstrate your knowledge and be helpful to them


Ask (directly or indirectly) if those people can help you get a job, or if they can put you in contact with someone who can