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Find information, advice, and resources to help you find a Job.

Now that you have explored your career options, the next step is to market yourself to organizations of interest and seek practical experience through job and internship opportunities.

Applying for Jobs

  • Where to Find Job Opportunities

    Job seems too good to be true? Avoid fraudulent job postings.

  • Develop Leads

    In addition to searching and applying to online job listings, you can find a job through your network. Consider the following strategies:

    • Contact your network (family, friends, professors, supervisors, and mentors) and let them know that you are looking for a job. Inquire about potential opportunities and ask for connections and leads.
    • Contact alumni within organizations you are targeting for advice using LinkedIn.
    • Follow up with contacts/recruiters with whom you have previously interacted for potential opportunities/advice.
  • Manage Your Job Applications

    As you submit applications, it is important to stay organized. Here are some tips to help you manage your job search:

    • Have your resume and cover letter reviewed prior to applying for jobs. Make sure they are tailored for the specific job to which you are applying.
    • Make sure to submit all the requested documents and submit them on time.
    • Save a copy of the job description for future reference. Sometimes job postings are removed from job boards prior to interviews so it could be helpful for interview preparation.
    • Keep track of deadlines and interview dates so you can follow up as appropriate. Creating an Excel spreadsheet is an easy way to keep everything organized.
    • Manage your energy. Finding a job is a full-time job in itself! When it gets stressful, take a break.
    • Be polite and clear in your communication with recruiters. Keep track of your phone calls and emails.

Highlighted Career Center Resources for Job Search

We provide resources for you to learn about job opportunities and interact with recruiters. If you are not sure how to approach your job search, take some time to assess what you want and explore your options. Once you have decided on your career plans, it is recommended that you utilize multiple job search strategies to maximize your efforts.

  • connectSC

    Browse through thousands of job listings. Make sure to look into the connectSC listings, Extended Job Search, and Recommended Jobs sections.

  • Career Fairs

    We host career fairs during fall and spring semesters. Employers participate in career fairs to recruit for full-time and internship opportunities. Click here for more Alumni Career Events.

  • Handshake

    Through this online portal, you can connect with employers hiring for part-time and full-time roles. Handshake provides you insightful information about numerous career paths by exploring roles, industries, and salary information.

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Career Management Information, Research, & Employment Opportunities

Leverage your alumni career benefits today. Our alumni career resources are designed exclusively for you and can be accessed on-demand anywhere in the world. We offer robust resume reviews, career management tools,  online networking, and targeted research information. Our goal is to help you create a competitive job search strategy, make valuable connections, identify potential employers, and land your next opportunity.  View a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

 

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