Co-op and Job Search Checklist

We're sure you've heard that job searching is harder now than ever, but keep in mind that there's never, at any time, been a situation where a person clicks on a website, applies and just gets the first job. Job searching requires a lot of work and effort. Follow these steps to make the best use of your time and effort.

Step 1. Develop an Effective Resume and Cover Letter

Step 2. Upload or Update your resume on Stout CareerLink

Step 3: Network for Co-ops and professional careers

(Remember: 70-85% of jobs are never advertised!)
  • Let family, relatives, and friends know that you are looking for a Co-op or professional position.
  • Let faculty and staff know that you are looking.
  • Contact employers you've met through career conference, open houses, student organizations, and previous work.
  • Join LinkedIn and other professional social networking sites.
  • Contact "Career Mentors" by major and geographic location on Stout CareerLink.
  • Contact Stout Alumni in your major.
  • Conduct Informational Interviews with professionals in your field.
  • Join Professional Associations related to your major.
  • For additional information, review Networking on our website

Step 4: Pursue advertised Co-ops and professional careers

Step 5: “Prospect” for Co-ops and professional careers

Step 6: Prepare for interviews

  • Attend an interview workshop listed on our website and do a mock interview using "InterviewStream" on Stout CareerLink.
  • Review interviewing skills information in the Interviewing section of our website.
  • Research the organization and position via their website or "ReferenceUSA". See "Researching Employers for Successful Interviews".
  • Review "Vault Career Insider" in Stout CareerLink for information about employers.
  • Know your worth; review Salary Information found on our website.

Step 7: Evaluate the interview and follow-up