Getting Started | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Get Organized

  • Create or update your resume.  Attend our Resume Writing workshop or review our Resume Writing handout for advice.
  • Bring your resume to our office for a critique and gain access to your Careers4Engineers account.  We are available 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday, and we are located in 1131 GL Martin Hall.
  • Login to Careers4Engineers, complete your profile, and upload your resume.
  • Read your email every day.
  • Career Engineer is a weekly e-newsletter generated by Engineering Career Services that summarizes all career-related events & deadlines.  Keep your eyes peeled for "Career Engineer" in your inbox.
  • Keep a calendar that includes career events and academic obligations.
  • Keep track of job descriptions & applications, company contacts, interview dates, and any helpful notes about the process.

Develop Professional Skills

  • Attend workshops on the following topics, Find an Internship/Co-op, Resume Writing, Career Fair Prep, Cover Letters, Interviewing, Evaluating Job Offers, and many more.
  • Practice your interview skills using InterviewSteam and sign-up for a mock interview in our office.
  • Check your wardrobe for proper interview attire.
  • Increase your employability by participating in campus research, competitions, student societies, and more.

Explore Opportunities in Your Profession

  • Apply for job listings through Careers4Engineers.
  • Learn about employers at information sessions.
  • Attend UMD Career Fairs to meet potential employers and build contacts.
  • If possible, attend the national SWE, NSBE, and SHPE conferences.  Their career fairs have hundreds of employers attending each year.  Check with the student branches of these organizations to learn more. 
  • Identify your top 20 employers and check those websites regularly.
  • Set-up a search agent in www.USAJobs.gov and other job boards.

Build Your Professional Network

  • Create a LinkedIn profile.  Our office can help you by reviewing your profile and offering feedback.  See LinkedIn Tips for Students.
  • Join the Clark School LinkedIn group.
  • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job/internship, especially those in a tech field.
  • Use LinkedIn and Terrapins Connect to conduct informational interview with alums.

And, once you accept a position, let us know! Stop by our office so we can congratulate you or send a quick email to CareerEngr@umd.edu.

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