Job search tips for graduates

Networking: Share your career interests with your personal and professional networks. Send a resume to those people who may be helpful in your job search. Use social networking internet sites to locate acquaintances that may offer advice or have opportunities with their employers. Take advantage of networking possibilities online by creating a LinkedIn profile and joining the LinkedIn groups “UW La Crosse Alumni,” “UW La Crosse Career Services,” and other groups relevant to your career goals. 

Applying for Positions: Take time with your applications and make sure your resume and cover letters are targeted for the specific position. The quality of your applications is more important than the quantity. 

Identifying Opportunities: Be flexible. Keep both your career options and geographical considerations as open as possible when considering your first job. 

Online Job Postings: Remember to login and view positions listed in Handshake, the UWL electronic job listings resource.

In addition to Handshake, we encourage you to utilize corporate websites and other internet resources. Unlike Handshake, these resources list all jobs, not just jobs for new college graduates. 

We also recommend and as very good aggregate job search engines.

Job Search Correspondence: See a sample cover letterother letters and guidelines for help. Career Services staff members are willing to critique your correspondence in person or via email if necessary. 

Interviews: Always take time to carefully research the organization, practice before the interview and follow up with the employer after the interview with thank you correspondence. Interviewing tips and sample questions are available on the Career Services Website here.

Staffing Firms: Many employers will use staffing agencies to fill positions temporarily. As the economy improves, these positions can turn into permanent opportunities. All fees should be employer paid and not the responsibility of the job seeker. 

Appointments/QuestionsMake an appointment online through Handshake, by stopping at 1140 Centennial Hall, calling us at 608.785.8514, or emailing us at

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