Find jobs and fellowships.
Looking for a job or fellowship? Use this checklist to guide you through the process, check the Block Career Center calendar for opportunities to connect with employers, and visit our Career Directions for industry-specific tips and websites. In addition, view the Featured Resources section below for tools specific to the academic job search, as well as job searches beyond academia.
Remember: You’re welcome (and encouraged!) to chat with a Friedman School Block Career Center Advisor as you complete any/all of these steps.
Engage in self-assessmentHow do your interests, skills, values, personality, and career competencies, coupled with your past educational and work history, relate to future career options? Use this Transferable Skills Checklist to begin thinking about which skills you like to use and which sorts of experiences you’d like to pursue after you complete your Friedman School degree.
Establish a timeline and specific goals for your search
How much time will you be able to devote to your job search? Schedule it into your week, much as you would any class or other obligation. Set aside time for each of the steps listed here, i.e., learn about career options, strengthen your resume/CV and cover letters, search for and evaluate positions, tailor documents, apply, and follow up.
Set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals for yourself, e.g., “This week, I’ll schedule an appointment with a Block Career Center Advisor and review at least 5 job listings on two different search sites.”
As you plan, remember that different career fields have different recruiting timelines! Your process may not look like someone else’s, and that’s to be expected.
Enhance your knowledge of employers and career options
There are numerous ways to conduct career research, and we encourage you to begin with our Deciding Your Next Steps section. From there, the blog posts, featured employers, and resources listed in our Career Directions can help you drill down into particular career paths, potential employers and individual jobs of interest. Another great way to conduct research is to look at where Friedman School grads work via our Destination Outcomes page.
Networking is one of the most effective ways to learn about careers and employers. Best of all, you can learn from anyone: Members of your Friedman cohort, professors, past supervisors, family members, friends, and Friedman School alumni.
Refine your application materialsWhether it’s been a while since you’ve looked at your resume/CV or cover letter, or you’ve revised your documents many times, we can help! Visit our Resumes, CVs & Cover Letters page for content tips, formatting best practices, sample documents, and more. Remember: Block Career Center Advisors for resume, CV, cover letter, and other document reviews.
Search for jobs and determine how well they match with your criteriaIn addition to your networking efforts, you can find many jobs online through Handshake (the Tufts Friedman School database for jobs, internships, and events). And whether you’re job searching in academia or industry, each Career Direction also features field-specific job search engines, professional associations, and more.
Tailor your documents and apply to positionsBefore you apply, you’ll need to customize your application, i.e., make it clear to the employer that your resume/CV and cover letter are meant for their organization and position. This means demonstrating that you possess the requisite qualifications in the job description, as well as showing that you’ve researched the employer and can convey reasons why you’re interested in what they do. Visit our Resumes, CVs & Cover Letters section for more information on creating this match between you and an employer.
Follow up on applications and plan next stepsFollow up with employers about a week or so after applying (unless they specifically prohibit follow-up). You’re welcome to ask about the status of your application, get info about the hiring timeline (unless those details are already online), or offer additional materials. Brush up on your interviewing skills in preparation for conversations with employers.