QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS
Many employers will begin their recruiting process (for internships and full-time positions) early in the fall semester. Beginning in September, employers will be on grounds to give information sessions, attend career fairs, participate in career-related programs, and conduct on-grounds interviews. However, the recruiting process continues throughout the year and well into spring so it's never too late to start!
- Get familiar with Handshake. Complete your profile, set up filters for your job searches, find events to attend, review career search resources, and research jobs and employers.
- Attend company information sessions and other job search events to learn about industries and job functions that appeal to you. Events are posted in Handshake.
- Have your resume reviewed. You can make an individual appointment, come to drop-in hours, attend a resume marathon, or review on-line resources.
- Join one or more Career Communities. Career Communities are organized by industry, not major, and provide an opportunity to connect to specific, tailored industry resources and programs.
Start Your Search:
Handshake On Campus Interviews - Some employers will post positions in Handshake, review resumes and select candidates to interview on grounds. This is as easy as job searching gets - there is a published time frame for each stage of the search and the employers come to UVA to do in-person interviews! From Handshake, click "JOBS" and then the On-Campus Interviews button in the blue bar at the top.
Handshake Job Postings - Hundreds of new jobs are posted in Handshake every day for UVA students to browse. You'll need to set up your job filters in Handshake to make sure you're seeing the positions most relevant to you. You'll be able to apply for these positions by submitting your resume through Handshake but some employers will also want you to apply through their own website. Unlike the On Campus Interviews, you may or may not hear anything in response to your application. Here are some tips for increasing the chances that you'll get some type of response.
Research Employers - Maybe you know you're interested in a certain industry (autonomous cars, ed tech, construction, industrial manufacturing, app development for example) but aren't finding job opportunities through Handshake. In addition to job postings, Handshake also has a huge database of companies. While they may not have a position currently posted, any company that has posted a job in the past or attended a career fair or event at UVA will be in the database. Searching by keyword, industry, or location can be a helpful way to narrow down your list. Once you have a workable list, you can look for UVA alums (LinkedIn, Hoos On Line) that might be working there or our office can help you identify HR/recruiting contacts.
More Tips on conducting your off-grounds search.
How to use LinkedIn in your job and internship search to find alumni, explore career paths and research companies
Industry Specific Job Boards
Leadership Development and Rotational Programs - List maintained by Columbia University