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Job Hunting in Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture: Job Hunting Strategies

This is an annotated guide to online and print information for UC Berkeley students job hunting in the professions of city, regional, and environmental planning; architecture; and landscape architecture.

Getting Started

Researching Prospective Employers

Learn about your prospective employer by doing some advance research.

Create a list of companies you are interested in and periodically check for new positions or sign up for email notifications of new positions.

Use the Web. See the listings in the job openings section in this guide. Search the Web for a specific firm name by placing it in quotes; for example, "Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum."

Check the newspaper(s) of the city where the firm or organization being researched is located. See News Databases for Internet access to a variety of national and international newspapers, or visit Newspapers & Microforms, 40 Doe Library.

Use journal indexes to find articles about specific architectural and design firms and planning organizations, as well as job market information. See also the Environmental Design Library for guides to additional periodical indexes in planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.

Writing Resumes & Cover Letters

Get a copy of the Job and Internship guide from the career center-sections on resumes, interviews, etc.


Prepare for your salary negotiations. Research information about current salary trends. The campus Career Center also has useful titles


Many additional titles on interviewing are available in the Main Library.

Creating Portfolios

Potential employers of design professionals usually require a portfolio of your work as part of the application process. Refer to these sources to help you prepare an effective portfolio.

Journal Indexes

Use professional and specialized directories. For example:

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