UAB offers many resources to assist students in their job search, both on and off campus. Below is advice on how to find job openings, determine what job is the best fit for you, and tips to ensure you get the job you most want.

Locate Job Openings

Campus Resources:

UAB offers many resources to assist students in their job search, both on and off campus.

Hire-a-Blazer is the best place to start your on-campus job hunt. In addition, the Career & Professional Development office, located on the third floor of the Hill Student Center, offers a wide range of services for job seekers. Both the Collat School of Business and the School of Engineering also have career services offices available to their students.

Career Fairs:

The Career Center sponsors several career fairs - where employers set up information tables and you can walk from table to table to talk with them about their job openings – as a means to help you learn about and apply for interesting jobs. Check the “Upcoming Events” section of their website for details.

Direct Application:

Apply directly to campus departments or organizations that interest you, whether you know about an open position or not. Do not approach labs or individual offices directly; it’s best to go through the central administration in the departments.

Networking:

Ask around. Talk with friends, professors, and others who might know about job openings. Tell them what type of position you are looking for and ask if they have any ideas, leads, or referrals.

Important Do’s and Do Not’s

Do:

  • Be prepared to provide a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) upon request.
  • Be polite and courteous.
  • Dress nicely.
  • Ask if there is anywhere to submit an application or resume for jobs with the department.

Do Not:

  • Spam the departments or individuals with emails.
  • Dress too casually.
  • Be overly aggressive in your job search.

Finding a Good Employment Fit

Decide what factors are most important to you in a job. Do you want a job that offers convenient hours or is located close to classes or your accommodation? Do you prefer a job in a certain setting – e.g., medical, high technology, retail – regardless of location? Is your job a way of getting to know new friends? If so, who else works for that employer that might be important to you?

Whatever you decide, we encourage you to seek and accept employment that will satisfy your immediate needs and also provide you with skills and experiences that will support your long-term career goals. Seek jobs that will help you polish your organizational, problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and adaptability skills. Seek jobs that will help you test your interest and comfort level with certain work environments or career fields.

Landing Your Preferred Job

  1. Learn as much as you can about the job and the department/organization so that you can explain to the employer how your interests, skills, and experience will support your ability to do the job for which you are being considered.
  2. Dress neatly and appropriately when submitting your application and when interviewing. Usually the minimum acceptable dress is “business casual,” meaning khaki pants and a collared shirt for men and a skirt and a nice shirt or blouse for women.
  3. Bring your resume and contact information for any references you may have (within the US if possible). You may need to transfer this information to an application form.
  4. Be prepared to answer a few basic interview questions:
    • Tell me about yourself.
    • What are you studying? What career are you preparing for?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    • Why are you interested in this job?
    • Tell me about a challenge you’ve overcome.