Where to Look for Jobs
Handshake is a powerful job search tool that the University of Cincinnati provides free to all UC students and alumni. Handshake helps all students find meaningful careers.
Thousands of employers use Handshake to recruit college students and recent graduates for part-time, full-time, internship, co-op, and permanent positions. Get started in Handshake.
Parker Dewey is UC's preferred platform for employers to list short-term, paid work assignments. Such work - also called micro co-op, gig work, or project work - can usually be done on your own schedule and from anywhere. Students in any major can create a Parker Dewey account, search the listings, and apply for assignments. Get started in Parker Dewey.
A career fair or job fair is an event where employers, recruiters, and hiring managers meet with job seekers to identify good candidates for open positions. Meanwhile, job seekers meet company representatives to identify companies and jobs for which they want to apply.
The University of Cincinnati hosts several career fairs. To find upcoming fairs, log into your Handshake account, go to "Events," and choose "Career Fair."
Tip: Once you find a fair, see which employers are coming. You can search for specific employers by name or use the filters to narrow down the list to those that interest you. You can "favorite" employers to find them again quickly later.
Part-Time Job Fair
UC’s Part-Time Job Fair features local, Cincinnati companies and organizations - including the University itself - who are hiring students for part-time jobs and internships.
Professional and Technical Career Fair
At the Professional and Technical Career Fair, held in September and February, you will meet employers who offering full-time, co-op, and internship positions with candidates like you. Students can talk directly with company representatives about the organization's work, culture, and hiring needs. Professional Day focuses on opportunities for students in Business and Arts and Sciences. Technical Day focuses on Engineering and Information Technology (IT).
Education Career Fair
Teaching and counseling students and alumni seeking full-time employment are invited to attend the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky Education Career Fair. Candidates should dress professionally and be prepared to speak with school district recruiters regarding employment opportunities.
The fair is presented jointly by Xavier University, Antioch University Midwest, Cincinnati Christian University, Mount St. Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati, and Wilmington College.
On-Campus Recruiting or Company Events
Employers visit the University to conduct information sessions, events, and tabling. They may even have online workshops or virtual events to connect with UC students.
To find upcoming on-campus recruiting events, log into your Handshake account and click on "Events" in the top menu.
Employers often visit the University of Cincinnati to conduct on-campus interviews.
To find upcoming on-campus interviews, log into your Handshake account, go to "Jobs," and choose "On-Campus Interviews." Typically, a student will apply for the job via Handshake and will be contacted by the employer if the employer wishes to schedule an on-campus interview.
If you are interested in a company or organization, check their website frequently for job postings. If you can, sign up for job alerts so that you receive notification when a job is posted that matches your interests.
While you’re on the website, do some research into how the company or organization seems to align with your mission, vision, or passion for work. This will be helpful later when writing cover letters and resumes to go with your job application.
Job aggregators pull together job listings from many sources into one searchable location. Some examples are Ohio Means Jobs, Kentucky Career Center, Indiana Career Connect, Google, Indeed, Monster, and Glassdoor. Searching aggregators lets you quickly scan for jobs that match your interests. If you find a job you might want to apply for, look for the job posting on the company’s own site and apply there.
A word of caution: When using a job aggregator, be wary of online scams and fraudulent job postings.
LinkedIn and Professional Networking
LinkedIn is a professional networking site that lets you manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights and opportunities.