Searching for a full-time post-graduation job seems like a full-time job in itself.Written by Azuka Wonodi, Peer Career Educator
From prepping for interviews, to refining resumes and typing up cover letters, the entire process can be taxing. This is especially true for a college student balancing classes, work, extracurricular activities and personal commitments. However, an even bigger challenge within the job search process is knowing where to even look and how to connect with opportunities available.
We here at the University of Maryland’s Career Center & The President’s Promise have developed four effective strategies to utilize when searching for job and career opportunities.
- Careers4Terps (C4T) is the University of Maryland’s career and job portal where hundreds of employers regularly post various job, research, volunteer, internship and career opportunities exclusively for UMD students. It’s best to check C4T regularly to keep abreast with the latest postings.
Third Party Job Aggregators
- Third party job aggregators are websites that have a wide variety of job and career opportunities both nationwide and international. Some notable sources include Monster, Indeed, USA Jobs and Idealist. It’s important during the job search process to keep organized as companies will have different due dates and requirements.
Informational Interviews and Referrals
- An informational interview is essentially a conversation with a professional within an industry you have interest in exploring or entering. The interview will cover questions you may have regarding required qualifications, nature of work and culture of the industry. While the interview itself may not lead to a direct opportunity at the interviewee’s organization, it can lead to a positive referral elsewhere.
Applying directly to an Organization
- Sometimes an effective strategy is simply going to the websites of companies and navigating their ‘Careers’ page for openings and positions. Note: Some companies get hundreds and thousands of applications so be sure to follow up with an actual recruiter to ensure your application has been received and is being duly processed.