Cornell University

Office of Career Services

201 Ives Hall, 607-255-7816

Job Search


Students attend an ILR Career FairNow that you have investigated potential career fields to identify positions of interest, and thought about whether graduate or professional school is right for you, it's time to develop a plan of action to make that next step happen.

If you're headed for the work world, you'll need to plan a careful job search to land a job offer.

If you've decided on law school or other postgraduate study, there's a lot to organize to conduct a successful application process.

Identify the Job You Want

For a job search to be effective, it's essential that you focus your efforts. Otherwise, you'll exert a great deal of time on tasks that don't necessarily produce results.

Now that you've explored options and narrowed your career focus, you should have a pretty good idea of the kinds of jobs you want to target in your job search. Your next task is to find specific job openings to match your interests.

In recent years ILR students have taken jobs in virtually all sectors of the economy:  labor, non-profits and government, business, consulting, manufacturing, high technology, financial services, and the legal field. For more information, the ILR career fields chart may be helpful, as well as the  postgraduate report which outlines what ILR graduates have done upon graduation.

Remember to use the staff in the Office of Career Services as a resource. We're happy to help you develop a job-search strategy that will increase your chances of success.

A Multi-Pronged Approach to Your Job Search

The effectiveness of your search will be influenced by how much time you invest and how many different strategies and resources you use.  Identify potential opportunities including: