Job Search

Job Search Strategies

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 the items below 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. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter 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.

Some interesting statistics include those below:

“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.


Along with social media, networking should be prioritized when job searching. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. Through networking, you are able to potentially find job opportunities that may not be posted or create opportunities that did not exist.

What is Networking?

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

Why go federal?*

  • 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

*From Kathryn Troutman's "Ten Steps to a Federal Job"

Finding Vacancy Announcements

Narrow your search and set up a plan

Read announcements VERY carefully!

Federal Job Search Websites:
  Central Intelligence Agency
  Federal Bureau of Investigations
  Bureau of Land Management

Federal Job Resources