Senior year is both a time of culmination and transition. While you are completing advanced work, leading teams and organizations, and celebrating your accomplishments, you are also tasked with looking forward. You are tasked with determining not only what you want to do, but how you will make your goals a reality. It can be overwhelming to dive into the job search process and — with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting employment across industries — it is more important than ever to be strategic and proactive. We are impressed by your resiliency, creativity, and determination during this unprecedented time and know these qualities will contribute to your success beyond Amherst. 

The Loeb Center has created this job search toolkit specifically for seniors. It identifies the most important pieces of the job search, highlights Loeb Center resources, and will help you plot out your next or first steps. Advisors are here to help you navigate Telling Your Story, Understanding the Landscape, and Making Connections. Request an appointment with us any time through Handshake. We look forward to continuing to work with you! 

Tell Your Story

Every aspect of your job search process is connected to you: your experiences, strengths, interests, and goals. This is your “story,” and how you share it with others significantly impacts whether you are able to achieve your career goals. Authentically and effectively telling your story through your application materials, social media profiles, networking conversations, and interviews provides ample opportunities for a potential employer to learn more about you and how you might contribute to their organization.

Understanding the Landscape

While there are some universal aspects of the job search process (see: our job search workshop), understanding the expectations particular to your areas of interest is an essential way to be competitive. Timely insights, Amherst connections, and a knowledge of industry trends will enable you to craft stronger application materials and to make more strategic career choices.

Making Connections

Taking time to be reflective, engaged, and generous with others is an investment in your career. Making connections or “networking” plays an integral role in shaping your understanding of career pathways, honing your professional goals, connecting with opportunities, and bolstering your transition into a new community--either geographically, in the working world, or both. Research shows that up to 70% of jobs aren’t posted or advertised publicly, so finding them is all about networking. If you haven’t yet, now is the time to put intent and energy into the process. See the Loeb Center’s Networking How-to Guide for everything you need to know about building professional relationships.

Handshake

Handshake

Search for Jobs

Handshake is your go-to resource to search for jobs or internships, schedule advising appointments, and to see upcoming Loeb Center events.

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Big Interview

Big Interview

A new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a job interview.

Big Interview is an online platform that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

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Interstride

Interstride

Career Platform for International Students

Interstride is an interactive career platform designed to enhance the career exploration and job-search experience for international students. Create an account with your Amherst College email address.

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