Job Search Ethics
Texas A&M University has carefully maintained strong relationships with various employers over the years. It is imperative that students understand and keep the following job search ethics to continue building that trust.
Follow these steps in your job search.
- Do not lie. Honesty is the best policy, from your resume to the interview.
- Be sincere. Only apply and interview for jobs you are truly interested in. Value the recruiter’s time as much as your own.
- Fulfill interview commitments. If you schedule an interview with an employer, show up on time! If you need to cancel the interview, do so as soon as possible and at least two business days prior to the planned time of the interview.
- Do not renege.
- Communication is key. If you have decided to no longer pursue an opportunity, let someone at the company know! Do not simply stop calling back or avoid contact with the company.
- Ask the Career Center. If you find yourself questioning a situation and are unsure of the “right thing to do”, come and see us at the Career Center.
No-Show and Late Cancellation Policy
A No-Show occurs when you fail to show up for an employment interview that you scheduled. A Late Cancellation occurs when you cancel an interview after 5:00 p.m. two business days (Monday through Friday) prior to the actual interview. Late Cancellations and No-Shows have similar consequences because when interviews are cancelled too late, the time available for the employer to fill your spot with another student is limited.
To cancel an interview, please contact Career Center staff by phone (979-845-5139) or in person (209 Koldus). Cancelling an interview by email is not acceptable. No-Shows and Late Cancellations will not be tolerated in the On-Campus Interview process.
Read more about the No-Show and Late Cancellation Policy here →
The acceptance of a job/internship is a major commitment for you to your new employer. You should only make this commitment if you intend to honor the agreement. Reneging on an offer acceptance can severely damage your reputation as a viable candidate, not only in the short-term, but also for the duration of your career. Reneging also has negative consequences for the Career Center and Texas A&M University’s relationship with that employer, which could possibly affect future opportunities for other Aggie students. The ripple effect of reneges could potentially lead to an event where an employer pulls out from recruiting at Texas A&M. To avoid a reneging situation, we advise all candidates to carefully plan and manage your entire job search process.
Job Listing Search Resources
HireAggies has a job posting board with over 60,000 positions posted by employers every year, just for Aggies.
CareerShift is an aggregator that allows you to search and save job listings, employers, and company contacts. Find CareerShift on the bottom right of your HireAggies homepage to look for jobs across the United States.
Goinglobal is a resource that has an international job posting board with jobs across the globe, including the United States. Find Goinglobal on the bottom right of your HireAggies homepage.
The Versatile PhD is dedicated to helping graduate students thrive in their professional careers. View application documents from successful graduates, join discussions on the Versatile PhD forum, and see job listings from companies and organizations seeking graduates from all fields. Enter your TAMU NET ID and password to create your free premium Versatile PhD account.
LinkedIn is the top professional social media site today. Read our LinkedIn blog post to learn more about how to maximize your LinkedIn account.
CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and has resources such as job search information and a job posting board.
Glassdoor is a website with the goal, “To help people everywhere find a job and company they love.” Glassdoor has a strong emphasis on transparency and provides job searches, company reviews, salary information, and practice interview questions.
HigherEdJobs is an online resource with job listings, news, and career advice for jobs in academia.
Job Research Resources
Besides having a job posting board, Goinglobal also provides career information on jobs and internships, as well as cultural guides to the United States and other countries. Find Goinglobal on the bottom right of your HireAggies homepage.
The OOH is maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides information on job positions in the economy using occupational profiles. Readers of the OOH can search for qualifications, pay, outlook, and other information based on the profiles created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
O*NET is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). The O*NET database contains the job descriptions of almost 1,000 occupations and is a great resource to understand what skills are required for certain jobs. Job seekers can use O*NET when writing their resumes to identify skills used in previous jobs.
Glassdoor company reviews are especially useful when researching for jobs. On each company page, you can see a general overview of the organization, reviews for working at the organization, and reviews for their interviewing process.