The Multifaceted Job Search
The job market for new college graduates is very competitive. Start early, and plan on utilizing all available job search resources and refining your job search skills. A professional resume and excellent interview skills are fundamental (Resume and Interview Workshops at UCS can help). Remember that even the best economic times do not guarantee you a dream job right out of college, therefore, set realistic expectations and be flexible.
Top 10 Places Employers Find New Hires
In planning your job search, keep in mind the top 10 places employers find new hires:
- 1. Organization’s Internship Program
- 2. Employee referrals
- 3. Career/job fairs
- 4. On-campus recruiting
- 5. Internet job postings (own company web site)
- 6. Organization’s co-op program
- 7. Internet job postings (commercial career web site)
- 8. Faculty contact
- 9. Internet job postings (campus web site)
- 10. Student organizations/clubs
A multi-faceted job search campaign involves identifying and utilizing numerous job search avenues for obtaining interviews and job offers. There are many avenues for pursuing interviews and job offers, and the large majority of candidates will have to choose and prioritize from among those options. Make sure you utilize a combination of the following approaches:
Campus Recruitment – Employers interview candidates of all majors for internship and full time, career level positions on campus every fall and spring semester. You must attend a Campus Recruitment Workshop to participate in campus recruitment.
ResumeBank – is an on-line resume database for University of Houston students and alumni. Employers search ResumeBank for candidates on a daily basis. You must complete ResumeBank in order to participate in Campus Recruitment. You may also wish to include your resume in several on-line resume databases and/or company web sites. Resume databases are excellent vehicles for getting your resume seen by employers who are hiring.
JOBank – is an outstanding source for all types of jobs, part and full time, career level, internships, campus and summer jobs. Jobs are targeted specifically to University of Houston students and alumni. Access from www.career.uh.edu. If you are registered with ResumeBank, you will receive automatic e-mail notification of JOBank jobs that match your interests, and you will be able to apply online.
JOBSCAN – UCS receives many notices of job openings that are faxed or mailed to us. These in turn are scanned into the JOBSCAN program. Openings include full and part time, career level and internship positions. Access from the UCS web site.
JobsUSA – is one of the most powerful Internet tools for conducting a national and international job search, as it is the largest collection of jobs on the Internet. All jobs posted are direct from the source – employer web sites. Access JobsUSA from the “Links” section of the UCS website.
Career Fairs – are an excellent resource both for job leads and to gather information that will further your job search. A list of career fairs on this campus in the upcoming academic year is available on-line at career.uh.edu (click on the “Events Calendar” link at the top of the page) and as a handout at UCS.
Internships and Co-ops – are the high road to employment in many organizations. Internship experience is invaluable to graduates seeking entry-level positions. Attend an Internship Workshop at UCS, or visit the Co-op office in Room E316, Engineering Building 2, for more information.
Internet Resources – Job-hunting on the Internet is an increasingly important component of job- hunting, but it should still comprise only a portion of your overall job search. A good rule of thumb, as suggested by Margaret Riley (of the famed Riley Guide to job-hunting on the Internet) is that the Internet portion of your job search should comprise about a quarter of the total time you put into searching for a job. The exception is if you're in a highly technological field, especially related to computers. In that case, spending additional time (as much as half your job- search time, says Riley) on the Internet portion of your search will probably prove productive.