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Starting Your Job Search

Starting Your Job Search

The first step in searching for a job is to know what you’re looking for. That means setting goals and gaining focus. You can do that by:

Once you start searching you want to:

  1. Respond to posted and publicized opportunities.
  2. Research and contact potential employers directly.
  3. Establish and utilize a network of professionals, friends, family, faculty and alumni.

Online Resources for Your Search

Handshake – Provides you with a place to find internship and employment opportunities based on your career interests and goals. Discover when employers come to campus for informational sessions and/or interviews. Connect with alumni to network and attend programming in your field of interest.

CareerShift- This search engine allows you to find job postings, identify networking contacts and recruiters, and search for employers by keyword and geographic location. To access CareerShift log in to Handshake and click on 'Resources.' Find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. 

LinkedIn – This social networking platform lets you connect with potential employers, network with your peers, recruiters and professionals, and explore job postings. 

River Campus Libraries Employer Research Guide- Find the most important and credible information about organizations you are interested in, from news to financials and insider information.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Visit our resume, cover letter and other documents page or make an appointment to work with a career advisor or peer career advisor for helpful hints. Please bring an electronic copy of the resume and/or cover letter with you to the meeting.

When to Start Your Job Search

Timelines vary by industry and employer. Know your industry and understand that realistically, the job search can take many months. You can always be researching employers, holding informational interviews and networking! Meet with a career advisor to discuss your plan.


When it's time to interview with prospective employers, preparation and practice are key! Review our interviewing handout and make an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your strategy and practice your interviewing skills. 

Receiving and Accepting an Offer

Career advisors are available to assist you with strategies with salary negotiation and the offer process. To begin investigating this topic, check websites like Salary.comGlassdoor and Monster Salary Center.

Never accept and then later renege on an offer. You can, and should, ask for the appropriate amount of time to collect information and make this important decision.

If you have questions or need guidance or advice on how to conduct effective research on organizations or opportunities, please contact the Career Center at 585.275.2366 or