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Job Search

There are many things involved in a job search. The average time it takes a graduating senior to secure a position is approximately six months. Consider these items in order to make the job search more seamless and successful.

Social Media

More and more often, employers are using social media in their recruiting endeavors. They often search the social media accounts of prospective employees—and even vet below privacy features in some cases. Many organizations have individuals employed whose sole job function is to investigate and evaluate candidates based on their social media accounts. In addition to building a valuable network, LinkedIn has many great resources for job search and internship opportunities. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest also can be used as great enhancements to your job search. Using these websites, you want to represent yourself in a professional way and provide accurate and consistent information.

LinkedIn Job Search

LinkedIn Internship Opportunities

Some interesting statistics:

  • 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts.
  • 78% of recruiters have made a hire through social media.

In other words, people are losing, getting, and not getting jobs because of social media.


A network is an interconnected group of supporters who serve as resources for your job search and, ultimately, for your career.

How Do I Network?

  • Know your interests and skills and be able to articulate those to anyone you may meet.
  • Look for individuals and companies you are interested in and find a way to connect with them.
  • Attend industry-specific meetings and conferences to broaden your network.
  • Connect with individuals and companies on LinkedIn to learn more about them.
  • Keep in touch with your network; you never know what may come of a great relationship you have built.
  • Follow up on any networking opportunity with a thank you letter to the person with whom you were networking.

Finding a Federal Job

  • Job security and career stability
  • Competitive pay
  • Public service / mission-oriented
  • Opportunities for advancement, transfers, training
  • Great benefits
  • Health, life, and long-term disability insurance
  • Family and medical leave
  • 401(k)-type match program
  • Flexible work schedules and telecommuting
  • Transit subsidy (in the Washington, DC metro area)
  • 10 federal holidays plus 13-26 days of leave per year
Kathryn Troutman: "Ten Steps to a Federal Job"

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