Social Science Job Info
This page contains links to some helpful resources in exploring job options related to psychology and related fields.
- Talk to your professors and other academic advisors, use the career center, and look for job examples in your course textbooks. Be open to a range of ideas and also that finding the right job can take time and may involved more training at some point.
- Work on your resume for job applications. Be clear on your skill set and what you can offer, with attention to research, analytical, language, and computer skills that you have.
- Avoid saying things that are broad (e.g., I want to work with people; I am a people person; I want to have an impact on the world).
- Do specify your GPA and relevant course and work experience. This is not bragging, what is true about you is what is true and also what people need to know when making a hiring decision. If you don't tell them why you are a strong candidate, how else will they know? Do not expect your resume or letter of recommendation to do all of this for you, you need to be upfront in a cover letter/introductory e-mail about why people should even look at your resume and letters of recommendation.
- Make sure you do have 2-3 academic references lined up who can speak to your strengths. If you have had a meaningful internship or other work experience that is relevant to your current job search, you should also see if a mentor/supervisor can be a reference as well.
- Be realistic with what you can expect as a first job or internship followig college. Sometimes you have to just start getting experience and making connections, developing a professional identity in order to move ahead to your future goals.
Applied Social Science Jobs (non-research jobs although you should have some research course experience, it does matter)
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