Non-Academic Job Search Methods

You’ve determined your career options, done your research, conducted informational interviews, and prepared your resume.  Now it’s time to start the job search.

Use the network you’ve established. The contacts you’ve made will serve as your primary resource for identifying available positions. You may find professional networks like LinkedIn especially helpful.

The majority of non-academic professional positions are not advertised in newspapers. Understanding what options are available and how your specific skills, abilities, and educational experiences match the kinds of positions you’re seeking will help you conduct a more focused (and, hopefully, successful) search.

Explore employment opportunities with business, industry, government, and non-profits. Job-search resources include:

The job search—whether it’s for an academic or non-academic position—requires good planning, patience, and persistence. Plan on devoting a substantial amount of time to your job search, start early and don’t give up—finding a career that is a good fit for your skills and abilities may take more than a few months.