Job Search Tools

Below you will find information about Employment, Career Fairs, Networking, Interviews, Resume and Cover Letters.

Students at Job Search career fair

Click here for a detailed packet of information that includes sample résumés, a list of action verbs, and information about cover letters and references.

Once you have completed a draft of your resume, you can have an advisor review it by emailing the Word file to, or by dropping off a hard copy at the Academic & Career Services office (MSAB 140). In either case the advisor will email you within 5 business days to let you know the critique is complete. At that time, you can also schedule an individual appointment with the advisor to discuss his/her feedback.

Big Interview
Academic & Career Services is excited to present the Big Interview, an interactive site to help you ace your next job interview. The site includes 7 core-learning modules, tips on how to answer difficult questions, and as long as you have Internet access and a webcam you're able to record practice interviews! It's easy to sign up, easy to use...and it's free!

Interviewing is perhaps the most important aspect of your job search. On this page we've outlined a 5-step process to successful interviewing and at the bottom of the page, take a look at links to handouts with more detailed information about specific aspects of interviewing.

5 Steps to a Successful Job Interview


  • Research the company and be able to connect your skills and goals to their needs (visit “Researching Occupations” in the Exploring Majors & Careers section of our website)
  • Review frequently asked interview questions
  • Develop questions for the interviewer
  • Know what to wear
  • Have a typed list of 3 - 5 professional references


  • Strong eye contact and hand shake
  • Be prepared to engage in small talk to break the ice
  • Stick with positives, complaining about anything can be the “kiss of death” in an interview
  • Be aware of your nonverbal communication; facial expressions, posture, etc.

DEMONSTRATE YOUR POTENTIAL – What Employers are looking for

  • Can you do the job? – Employers want to see how your skills and experiences have prepared you for the position you are interviewing for. Use the STAR technique (see “Interview Ready” handout below) to back up your skills with experiences
  • Will you do the job? – Employers want to see that you are motivated to work for them and contribute to their well being. Do your homework; research the company and its mission, and have clear career goals that fit in with the company
  • Will you fit in? – Employers want to know if you will accept the organization’s way of doing things and if you’ll get along with your co-workers. They might ask about your ideal work environment or how you deal with conflict.


  • Ask the interviewer appropriate questions, show you have researched the organization
  • Re-state why you feel you are the best candidate and your interest in the position
  • Offer your references if they haven’t asked for them
  • Thank the interviewer for his/her time – maintain eye contact and give a firm handshake
  • Ask who is going to follow up with you and the timeline for their decision making process


  • Keep a record of the interview – detailed information about who you met with and your insights so that you can follow-up with them
  • Send a thank-you letter – confirm your interest in the job, show appreciation, and highlight your skills – if interviewed by more than 1 person, make sure to personalize each note
  • Anticipate a second interview – plan ahead to demonstrate how you will fit within the organization
  • Prepare to respond to an offer – carefully review the job, company, and geographic location
  • Call if you have not heard anything and the deadline has passed

Important Handouts
Succeeding in the Interview

As many as 70% of all job offers are a direct result of networking. The hidden job market refers to jobs that are never advertised and if you only rely on applying for advertised positions then you are eliminating your chance to be considered for most openings.

Professional networking can be defined as connecting with people who can help you advance your career. You’ve probably heard the term “Six Degrees of Separation” that refers to the idea that through our connections with other people, we are all an average of six connections away from every person in the world. With that idea in mind, it is amazing where your career can go when you take time to get to know people and develop long-term relationships that can benefit you during your job search and as you develop through your professional life.

Imagine applying for your dream job. Would it be more effective to simply mail your cover letter and résumé to the address listed in an advertisement? Or through networking, meet someone in the organization who can hand deliver your documents to the hiring manager? That is the power of networking!

Additional Networking Tips
How to Network
How do I start networking?
How do I turn a contact into an ally?

Build Your Network While Attending UNK
There are many informal ways to enhance your network while you’re a student at UNK. Perhaps the most important thing you can do is get to know your professors and academic advisors. Also, through active involvement on campus and participating in community service you can meet more people from campus and the Kearney community.

Here is a list of several more formal networking activities that you can participate in as a college student. Advisors in Academic and Career Services are available to provide more information about any of these activities.

  • Attend Career Fairs
  • Job Shadow
  • Volunteer
  • Meet Alumni

Online networking is another important aspect of your job search. There are many sites that provide networking opportunities; one that focuses on professional networking is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a professional networking site with over 70 million members around the world. It’s goal is to help you make better use of your professional network by showing you who your connections are connected to and allowing you to search for specific organizations or industries to find out if you’re connected to anyone there. Contact Academic and Career Services for more information.

Informational Interviews
There is no better way to learn about a career than to talk to someone who is currently working in your career field of interest. Conducting informational interviews can be a great way to gather information and a great way to start connecting with people who could remain a part of your professional network in the future. Click here for additional information about Informational Interviews; including how to set them up and possible questions to ask. Academic & Career Services can assist you in finding people to interview.

Online Resources:

Disability Quality Index - Disability Equality Index ®(DEI®) Best Places to Work

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Provides information describing what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations

O*Net Online - Tool for career exploration and job analysis where you can browse groups of similar occupations to explore careers and read detailed descriptions of different occupations - Read real interviews from people as they talk about the jobs they do and the careers they have.

Learn How to Become - Provides detailed insight into 45 of today's most popular career fields

Career Thoughts - Research careers using different criteria, such as academic major, fastest growing, or highest paying

CareerOneStop - Tools to help job seekers and students; sponsored by the US Department of Labor - a completely free service that helps students find their perfect career match

mySkills myFuture - Type in your past jobs and get related jobs that use the same skills; sponsored by the US Department of Labor

Major Web-Links - Provides descriptions of career fields, lists of sample jobs and job search sites

International Internship Directory - reference guide to help match students with international internship opportunities - Employers in Nebraska by Major

National Compensation Survey - A survey of employee salaries, wages and benefits designed to produce data at local levels, within broad regions and nationwide

Linkedin salary - See a detailed breakdown of salaries by job title and location

NACE Salary Calculator - Salary data for more than 500 occupations in 560 regions of the United States

Handshake - On line Job Search Site

LinkedIn - Use LinkedIn Jobs to leverage the power of your network and get hired.

Job Site Reviews- site that reviews and ranks job search websites

Ziprecruiter - Job & Internship assistance – site connecting college students and employers across Nebraska – finds job listings from other major job sites, company sites and associations – search for entry level jobs and internships – niche site, find a career in a certain field or in a certain part of the country – one of the biggest online job sites – job site focused on Central Nebraska – a leader in career development resources – the #1 employment site for the food and beverage manufacturing industry – a leading job board for internships and entry level positions – ideal if you’re looking for corporate job listings - find job applications for every major U.S. company – claims to be the world’s first Internet recruitment service - entry level jobs that are posted on LinkedIn – finds jobs from a database of 22,000 company websites – every day the site looks at one employer and their entry level jobs - finds job listings from major sites and company sites, free resume listing -search for jobs based on key words and location – enter your qualifications and the site searches for compatible jobs – access to jobs that match your profile – the official job site for the U.S. government – non-profit whose mission is to connect individuals in the military, veterans, and their families with federal, state, and local government programs as well as non-profit organizations in their local communities – an inside look at jobs and companies – posted anonymously by employees

Professional Development Resources

Take a look at the publications below for tips related to professional development, as well as career and major exploration.

Choosing a Major provides tips on how to utilize Focus-2 in your major exploration process
Creating Your Resume and Cover Letter provides tips on writing these important job search documents.
Succeeding in the Interview walks you through what to do before, during, and after your job interview
You Can Succeed at the Career Fair walks you through what to do before, during and after a career fair.
Professional Job Search Strategies provides tips on developing a comprehensive job search plan.
Navigating the Job Application Process has specific job search advice for students in teacher education

Career Resources

Veterans Employment Center
Veterans Job Board with a Resume Builder and a Military Skills Translator, which will help you describe your military experience on your resume.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Organization that identifies military-friendly employers
Local/Regional Job Board for people with a military background

Third Party/Network Marketing Policy

Job Listing and Company Recruiting Policy:

UNK’s Academic & Career Services (ACS) office works to connect students and alumni with a variety of employment opportunities. We encourage organizations large and small, in the public or private sector to utilize our services; however, the following types of organizations are not eligible to participate in job postings, career fairs, on-campus interviewing, résumé referrals, employer presentations, or sponsorships for on-campus recruiting activities.

1. Network Marketing agencies

A network marketing company is defined as one that engages in the following:

  • Sponsors individuals to set up their own businesses for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own businesses.
  • Requires an initial investment (payment of a fixed fee, payment to attend orientation or training session(s), and/or the purchase of a starter kit or product samples).
  • Offers compensation in the form of straight commission, fees from others under their sponsorship in the organization, and/or a percentage of sales generated by others.
  • Offers compensation in the form of merchandise (commonly known as “swag”).

2. Multi-level Marketing (MLM) agencies- (similar in scope to Networking Marketing agencies)

A MLM company is defined as one that engages in the following:

  • Has a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they personally generate, but also for the sales of the other salespeople that they recruit. 
  • The compensation structure is commission-only or a draw. A draw is a pay advance against expected earnings or commissions.
  • Position is usually based out of the hired employee's home or, candidate is expected to report to another person's home to complete the work; thus not having an office structure where the employee reports to regularly or on a consistent basis.

3. Third Party agencies

These organizations (search firms, placement services, etc.) that are not considered the employer-of-record are offered job positing assistance ONLY when they meet the following:

  • Provide disclosure of vacancy position(s) and employer represented for recruiting activities.
  • Acknowledges that UNK ACS may verify with the employer the third party’s recruiter relationships.
  • We reserve the right to review all postings for legitimacy and accuracy.

4) Other companies/job notices not falling under the above categories

Occasionally we are contacted to list positions that fall under the service industry and are not considered to be ‘professional’ student/post-graduate employment opportunities (i.e. babysitting, nanny, landscaping, bartender, housekeeper, etc.).  These types of positions should be directed to the Student Employment Services office.