Job Search

Looking for a job is a job itself. Your search will be an effective one if you have a goal in mind, stay organized, incorporate a variety of methods, and follow up. And we’re here to help along the way.

Other Resources

Campus Resources


In the Office of Career Services and Co-op, there is a coordinator ready to help prepare a personal job search plan for each student. Make an appointment through Handshake.

You can view and apply to co-op and full-time job openings on RIT Handshake. All jobs posted through Handshake are automatically approved co-ops through RIT.

Employers come on campus to recruit for co-op and full-time openings all year long. If you meet the employer’s qualifications, you can submit your resume for consideration online. Sign up for co-op and full-time interviews on Handshake.

There are a number of campus and local job fairs that are publicized through the career services office. Check out Handshake Fairs to see which employers are coming and sign up.

Employers conducting on-campus interviews often give presentations about their companies and openings. These are open to everyone and are a nice opportunity to network with a company representative. Check out Handshake Events for the next info session.

Social Media

Did you know 69% of employers rejected a candidate based on what they saw about them online? Before starting your job search, it is recommended to clean up your social media.


Google your name with RIT or Rochester to view web searches and images. You can also go to PeekYou.com to review your social media usernames. Go to each social media platform from PeekYou and see what the front pages show.

Control what outsiders can see. Make photos on Facebook private, approve followers on Twitter, and control who can see your Instagram profile. Try to be more lenient with privacy settings on professional accounts for the best outcome.

Un-like Facebook pages you don’t want association with and untag yourself from inappropriate pictures. Ensure that your professional accounts are separated from your personal accounts.

Try to maintain a positive tone online and prevent initiating any arguments over personal views on professional platforms. Become more engaged with social accounts pertaining to your field and professional idols/celebrities.

Job Scams

Job scam warning signs include:

  • You’re offered a job without an application, interview, or discussion with the employer
  • Jobs advertising “working from home” or “online work”
  • The company asks you to wire money or asks for your credit card information
  • The company asks for personal information like your social security number or driver’s license number
  • The company asks you to pay for a credit report as part of the application process
  • You are told you have to pay for training
  • You’re asked to cash a check and forward some of the money to a third party

If you come across a job scam, take action by doing the following:

  • Contact RIT Public Safety at 585-475-2853.
  • If you’ve received what you believe to be a scam email, send the email to spam@rit.edu, and forward a copy to infosec@rit.edu and careerservices@rit.edu.
  • If you suspect the presence of malicious content on an RIT website, contact the Information Security Office at infosec@rit.edu.

Following Up

Employers who list positions are busy with a significant number of students applying. It is simply not enough to apply online and wait for an employer to contact you. It is recommended you follow up with each employer who receives your resume.

As a rule, if you have not received a response to your application within 10 business days, post deadline date, you should follow-up with an email or call. Most managers appreciate a follow-up call as it shows a sincere and continued interest in their company. If you really want the job and you think you have a chance, call up to two or three times total. If the manager doesn't seem interested, it is best to move on.