Senior Checklist

Target and research employers of interest. Develop and implement a job search or gap year plan.
Share this checklist with your academic advisor.


Student working on computer
Senior year is the time to actively execute your job search plan to secure a position, or consider graduate school, for life after graduation.


  • Clarify your post-graduation trajectory (employment, grad school, gap year) and
    identify necessary steps to assure your post-TU success!
  • Develop a list of at least 25 employers that you will research proactively and submit
    applications for employment
  • Organize your job search early; meet with a career counselor to develop a job search
    strategy, gap year plan or grad school application and timeline
  • Develop proficiency in writing targeted resumes and cover letters or personal
    statements and grad school applications; have your documents critiqued at the
    Career Center
  • Attend career development, job search or grad school process workshops and
    participate in mock interviews
  • Register for and participate in on-campus recruiting
  • Ask faculty and employers for letters of recommendation (at least three)
  • Review job listings on Handshake and the Internet; find discipline-specific websites
    on the Career Resources by Major pages
  • Attend career fairs; network with professionals and alumni in your field about
    your job search strategies and opportunities
  • Continue to meet with a career counselor regularly; discuss how to highlight your
    strengths in job interviews
  • Attend a workshop on accepting a job offer, negotiating a salary, and transitioning to the world of work
  • Revise/hone your personal brand documents (LinkedIn profile, resume,
    networking cards)
  • Demonstrate your career readiness skills in every conversation with a professional!
  • Focus on the position you want; go for it!
  • Let the Career Center know when you have accepted a job offer or graduate school
    admission invitation OR complete the Graduating Senior Survey

Print the Senior Checklist (PDF).