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.

Networking

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

Attend On-Campus Recruiting Events

Use the following major mapping models to determine which career events are directly related to your major.

Legend 
PGSE Professional & Graduate School Expo
F/SCS Fall/Spring Career Showcase
HPF Health Professions Fair
MTF Meet the Firms
CJF Criminal Justice Fair
LSF Law School Forum
College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities
MajorCareer EventsAssociated National Career Cluster

Anthropology & Archaeology

 

Education & Training; Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

Art/ Fine Arts

 

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Education & Training

Communication

F/SCS

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management & Administration; Hospitality & Tourism

English PGSE

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Education & Training

History PGSE

Government & Public Administration; Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Education & Training

Humanities, Interdisciplinary

PGSE

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Education & Training

International Studies

PGSE

Government & Public Administration; Human Services; Hospitality & Tourism

Maritime Studies

 

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Education & Training

Music/Music Education

 

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Education & Training

Philosophy PGSE

Government & Public Administration; Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications

Political Science

PGSE; LSF; CJF

Government & Public Administration; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Theatre  

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications

College of Business
MajorCareer EventsAssociated National Career Cluster

Accounting & Finance 

F/SCS; MTF

Business Management & Administration; Finance

Global Hospitality & Tourism Management

F/SCS

Business Management & Administration; Hospitality & Tourism

Management & MIS 

F/SCS

Government & Public Administration; Business Management & Administration; Hospitality & Tourism

Marketing & Economics 

F/SCS

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management & Administration; Marketing; Hospitality & Tourism; Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

Hal Marcus College of Science & Engineering
MajorCareer EventsAssociated National Career Cluster
Biology HPF; PGSE

Human Services; Health Science; Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math; Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Chemistry

HPF; PGSE

Human Services; Health Science; Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math; Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Computer Science

F/SCS

Information Technology; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Earth & Environmental Sciences

 

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources; Manufacturing

Engineering F/SCS

Information Technology; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, Manufacturing (Mechanical)

Mathematics & Statistics

 

Education & Training; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Physics  

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

College of Education & Professional Studies
MajorCareer EventsAssociated National Career Cluster

Criminal Justice

CJF; LSF

Government & Public Administration; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Human Services

Education  

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Human Services; Education & Training

Engineering Technology (Building Construction, Information Engineering Technology)

F/SCS

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Information Technology; Architecture & Construction

Information Technology: Network Systems Operations 

F/SCS

Arts, Audio-Video Technology, and Communications; Information Technology; Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Children & Society, Teaching & Learning)

 

Human Services; Education & Training

Legal Studies

CJF; LSF

Government & Public Administration; Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Social Work

CJF

Human Services; Health Science

Sports Management

 

Business Management & Administration; Marketing

Workforce and Professional Studies

 

Education & Training

College of Health
MajorCareer EventsAssociated National Career Cluster

Athletic Training

HPF

Human Services; Health Science

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

HPF

Health Science

Health Promotion

HPF

Human Services; Education & Training; Health Science

Health Sciences

HPF

Human Services; Health Science

Nursing HPF

Human Services; Health Science

Psychology HPF

Human Services; Health Science

Sciences, Interdisciplinary

HPF; PGSE

Health Science



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:
  USAJOBS
  Avuecentral
  Central Intelligence Agency
  Federal Bureau of Investigations
  Bureau of Land Management

Federal Job Resources


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