Tips for starting your job search
- START EARLY! Applying for jobs and internships is very time consuming. Sometimes the hiring process is quick while some employers may take some time to get back to you after applying. You should be starting 3-5 months before you need a job and/or internship.
- Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ciera Graham, Associate Director of Student Affairs to review your resume, cover letter, as well as assistance with interviewing and the job search. Please email Ciera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read your student newsletter every Monday during the school year for job posting announcements.
- Start with your personal network (contact family, friends, peers, current/past supervisors, professors and advisors).
- Contact former employers to inquire about whether they would serve as a reference for you.
- Do your research: search for professionals at companies you want to work at on LinkedIn and inquire about informational interview. Read company newsletter, professional magazines and journals.
- Join professional associations related to your field of study. Many professional associations have local chapters that offer discounted membership for students. These associations host networking events and it’s a great opportunity to meet people
- Build your skills: employers aren’t simply looking for students with good grades and a degree. They are looking for candidates with great leadership, conflict resolution and problem solving skills. Consider building these skills through volunteer work, internships, and participating in student clubs
Listen and learn from Dr. Ciera Graham about what you should be thinking about when you start your job search:
General job boards (for all majors)
- Handshake – A comprehensive job search website for WSU college students at all campuses. You can post your resume and cover letter, and employers can view and look for your resume. Career related events and resources are also posted here.
- WSU Everett LinkedIn Page
- After College – a job and internship site for college students and recent college grads. Post your resume or search for job openings (by job type industry type of work location and keyword). Also includes some basic career resources. Free to job-seekers.
- INDEED – a comprehensive job and internship site. Post your resume or search for job openings (by job, location and/or keywords). Also includes salary and interview information/resources.
- LinkUp – a comprehensive job search engine that allows you to search by job title, company or keyword and location.
- Best Jobs in the USA Today – a comprehensive job resource site that includes jobs databases corporate profiles resume posting and a career resources store.
- com – where bilingual job seekers (English and at least one other language) can search job listings (by language location industry keywords) post your resume and find job interviewing and resume preparation advice. Free to job seekers.
- CareerBuilder – claims to have the largest assortment of job listings on the Net – a combination of help wanted ads of the nation’s leading newspapers and job listings from the Web sites of leading employers. The site also includes many other resources. Free to job-seekers.
- Careercast – a cool job portal offering job-seekers opportunities from all U.S. and Canadian newspaper magazine niche and TV station Websites powered by Adicio Inc. a developer of Web-based classified advertising solutions. Job-seekers can search job listings (by keyword category location), post a resume, find job news and more. No cost to job-seekers.
- College Recruiter – Jobs for college students, grads and recent graduates. Entrylevel work and career opportunities. Part-time and full-time. A great resource for job seekers.
Business and Hospitality:
- Glassdoor helps you find a job and company you love. Reviews, salaries and benefits from employees. Interview questions from candidates. Millions of jobs.
- Salary Expert provides reporting on salaries, pay, wages, total compensation and cost of living by location using its salary surveys.
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