Aurora University

Job Search

If you’re looking for an on-campus job, contact Student Employment.

Whether you’re looking for your first job—or your 10th—it’s important to understand the essential steps to get where you want to go. Career Services can help you. To make an appointment, call Career Services at 630-844-5403 or email To search our jobs database for full-time and part-time opportunities, please visit Handshake.

Tips for a Successful Job Search

  • Understand your goals
    • Understand yourself as a product to sell as well as the market to which you are selling.
    • Establish a clear goal of the job you want and the kind of work environment in which you flourish.
    • Create a list of benefits that are important to you, such as time off, pay, work schedule, tuition reimbursement, retirement, insurance and work assignments.
  • Target organizations
    • Create your dream list of the places where you would like to work and begin to research these organizations. Do these companies seem to align with your career goals and values?
  • Create resume and cover letter
    • In today's competitive job market, you need to customize both your cover letter and resume for each job opening to which you are applying. Whenever you can, find a name of the person who is conducting the job search and personalize your cover letter.
      Resume Samples and Tips
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  • Network, network, network
    • Most jobs are obtained not through applying through published job postings but through networking: talking to people. List all the people you know and begin to let those people know what kind of job you are looking for. The goal is to set up informational interviews (for example, coffee dates) to learn more about your contacts and the companies you’re interested in. Most of your job search time should be spent on networking.
    • When conducting informational interviews, use your list of targeted companies to find information about and connections into these organizations.
  • Respond to select posted job openings
    • Responding to posted job openings is an important part of your job search, but don’t get bogged down here. Apply only for the positions you’re qualified for and truly interested in. Spend approximately 20 percent of your time responding to published job ads.
  • Interview
  • Follow up
  • Negotiate
    • After you get a job offer, you may need to negotiate. Get some help with this valuable skill; Career Services can help.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with the Center for Student Success, call 630-844-5403 or email