Find Your First Professional Job: A Guide for Co-ops, Interns, and Full-Time Job Seekers


Find Your First Professional Job is the definitive textbook for those looking to prepare college students for the workplace.


Find Your First Professional Job is the definitive textbook for those looking to prepare students for the workplace, whether you are teaching a large group in a course or working one-on-one with students, and regardless of whether they are sophomores looking for a co-op job or internship or if they are seniors hoping to land their first job after graduation.

This book is ideal for co-ops and interns who want to learn how to write resumes, interview strategically, and perform effectively in a professional workplace:

  • Featuring chapters on resume writing, interviewing, job search preparation and reflection, and on-the-job success plus appendices addressing behavioral-based interviewing and cover letters, and include useful exercises.
  • Numerous sidebar boxes with expert advice from highly experienced co-op faculty at Northeastern University and Laguardia Community College.
  • Valuable to the co-op professional: When students have the book as a resource, it keeps the co-op professional from having to give the same information repeatedly or from having to cobble together various sources for a course packet or for student handouts.
  • Valuable to students and young professionals: a useful resource for their whole college career and beyond—not just for one semester. Written in a very student-friendly tone, so students enjoy reading it!

In the fourth edition, the heart of the book remains unchanged: We still have plenty of hard-earned wisdom from co-op and internship professionals with decades of experience, covering the fundamentals of a job search and job performance. However, there are many significant additions, including guidance on:

  • Job searches in the Digital Age, including LinkedIn profiles, online job sites, and how to get the attention of overwhelmed recruiters.
  • How to handle a phone interview or Skype interview
  • The “Seven Deadly Sins of Cover Letters”
  • Capturing academic projects on a resume

The book now includes dozens of new contributions from co-op/internship educators, students, alumni, and employers. Charlie Bognanni of Northeastern University wrote a new appendix with specific tips for international students, and the UMass-Lowell team contributed several new tools and insights.

Each chapter ends with a “student roundtable” and “employer roundtable,” where students will be able to read quite a few different perspectives on each chapter’s topics. We also have updated the entire book to better reflect how technology has made it necessary to think a little differently about job search preparation, resumes, interviews, and job performance. On the whole, the book is considerably longer and stronger.

The fourth edition will now replace the third edition for all orders. As always, we are happy to provide complimentary teaching copies for everyone in your program who is teaching the course. Please let us know how many teaching copies you need as soon as possible. Likewise, we urge you to submit your book order for the fall semester as soon as you can if you have not already done so.

The ISBN number for the new edition is: 978-0-9621264-9-9.

Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 12 × 10 × .5 in