Job Search Tips
- Develop Experience: Gain experience in your field through internships and co-ops, doing research with faculty, volunteering, campus clubs, and professional organizations. Start as early as you can.
- Research: Research 5 to 10 organizations or companies for whom you would like to work. Bookmark their websites and check their job postings frequently. Attend various employer events on campus to learn about their cultures and opportunities.
- Online Resources: In addition to UMass Amherst Handshake, bookmark 5 to 10 industry-specific job sites and check them for new postings. Learn from career advisors the vest sites to target.
- Network: This goes hand-in-hand with developing experience. Spend time contacting people you know, (and people they know), for professional contacts, support, and advice. Use the Alumni Association network and LinkedIn.
Find Newly Added Opportunities
New job and internship opportunities are uploaded to our Handshake database each day. Handshake should be your first stop when looking for new opportunities. Students and Alumni of the University of Massachusetts are eligible for an account.
Be wary of fraudulent job postings
The job and internship postings on the UMass Amherst Handshake site is a service for businesses and University of Massachusetts Amherst students and alumni. Business owners are responsible for reporting information fairly and accurately, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Trustees, Officers, employees, and agents cannot and do not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of such information. Inclusion of any job or internship on this website does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as: (1) an endorsement or approval by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Trustees, Officers, employees, and agents of the company, or its business practices; or (2) a warranty or representation by the University of Massachusetts Amherst as to the quality, integrity, legitimacy or other features of such company and/or its owners or agent(s).
All students are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective job or internship. If an offer or posting seems “too good to be true,” be cautious. “False contacts” can masquerade under a legitimate company name. Watch for misspellings, extra letters, phrases, etc. that are added to emails or website addresses or overzealous “recruiters”.
i. Never give out any personal or banking information.
ii. Never agree to deposit a check or money order into your bank account from a company to start the work.
iii. Never agree to send money to another individual.
iv. Legitimate company contacts will never ask you do any of these things.
If an employer asks you to do any of the above, stop all contact and please contact Career Services immediately at 413-545-2224, and forward any suspicious emails to email@example.com
IMPORTANT! If you participate in on-campus interviewing with employers, please review our on-campus recruiting policies:
Late Interview Cancellations
A student attempting to cancel an on-campus interview within 2 business days of the interview date, must do the following:
- Notify Sharon Jefferson, Recruiting Administator, at 413-545-2224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Repeated late interview cancellations may result in suspension of the student’s access to UMass Amherst Handshake.
Failure to honor an interview appointment is considered a serious breach of professional courtesy and ethics, and can negatively impact UMass Amherst Career Services’ reputation among our employer partners.
Students who fail to attend a scheduled interview must do the following:
- Send an email of apology (including an explanation of why they missed the interview) to Sharon Jefferson, Recruiting Administrator, at email@example.com, who will forward it to your specific Career Center Director and the recruiter involved.
- A determination will be made as to whether the student will continue to participate in the on-campus recruiting program. Invalid explanations and/or repeat behavior will result in immediate suspension from Handshake and the on-campus recruiting program (OCR).