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Jobs & Fellowships

To maximize your success, we recommend you treat your job search as if it were another class in your academic schedule–set aside hours each week to manage the process beginning early in your senior year, take advantage of all available resources and meet with a Career Development adviser to review and refine your job search strategy.

Step 1: Résumés and Job Search Letters

How Do You Look on Paper? (Devote 10 percent of your time to this step)

A résumé and cover letter are often your initial contact with a prospective employer, creating that all-important first impression. They must be perfect in appearance and execution.

  • Use the Career Development Résumé and Cover Letter Guides to create or update your documents
  • Bring your résumé and letters to Career Development for feedback during walk-in hours 
  • Use DCAN to receive résumé feedback from Davidson alumni and parents who can provide you with industry/career field specific advice

Step 2: Internship and Job Websites

Where Can You Look Online? (10 percent of your time)

Online job posting databases and websites enable you to research and apply to position postings. Direct employer contact is an important part of every job search; do not rely solely on online job postings.

Step 3: Networking & Connections

Who Would You Like to Know? (70 percent of your time)

Networking, the establishment and maintenance of relationships that can help move your career and job search forward, is essential in any job search. It is the incorporation of people–parents, relatives, friends, Davidson alumni, former supervisors and colleagues, professors and others–in your search.

Step 4: Interviewing

How Do You Present Yourself in Person? (10 percent of your time)

Too many possible job offers have been lost because the job hunter failed to prepare or practice for the interview. Being effective during the interview is crucial.

  • Conduct a practice interview with an alumnus/a in your chosen field through DCAN
  • Review the Career Development Interview Guide
  • Conduct a mock interview with a Career Development adviser