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Using Job Search Resources

A guide on how to conduct a job search efficiently using different job search databases.

Using College Graduate Job Databases

There are several job search resources that cater specifically to college graduates.  These can be especially useful in locating entry-level jobs in a particular field that will are at the appropriate skill level.  Click on the links below to view details on each resource:

AfterCollege.com

AfterCollege.com is a job database with over 400,000 job and internship listings, and represents almost 3,000 schools with registered users.  It allows you to search for jobs based on your educational background.  You can browse job listings without creating an account, but you will need an account to apply for any open positions.

 

Creating an Account with AfterCollege.com

To create a new account with AfterCollege.com:

  1. Visit the AfterCollege.com home page and click on "Sign Up" in the top right corner.  If you have already created an account, there is a "Log In" option next to it.
  2. Fill out the registration fields which consist of your name, email address, and password.  You may use your university email address, but it is recommended that you use an alternate email if you plan on using this account after graduation.

Once your account is created, you can personalize your profile so that you can matched with job listings in your field.

 

Exploring Jobs

You can search for job listings in two ways:

  • Explore curated jobs: This lets you browse job listings by entering your education information, such as the university you attend, major, graduation month, and gradation year.  Once you fill out the fields with your information, click on the yellow "Show me jobs" icon to see your results.  You can narrow your results further by using the filters on the left side and changing your search terms.

 

"Explore Curated Jobs" Search Feature

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  • Search by keyword: To search for jobs by keyword, click on the "search by keyword" icon under "explore curated jobs."  This takes you to a separate search screen with search fields such as job category, location (city, state, zip code), and type of work (full-time, part-time, or internship).  You can adjust these filters depending on the type of job you are seeking.

 

"Search by Keyword" Search Feature

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Other Features

AfterCollege.com's other features are accessible on the top banner of the home page.  They include the following:

  • Career Networks: Contains a list of schools and regions that are featured on AfterCollege.com's website.  You can search for a specific school or browse by region.  By clicking on a school, it will take you to a list of jobs that might fit well with the school you selected.
  • Blog: The blog posts news about upcoming events like career fairs.  It also posts informative articles that can help students land the job that they want.  Examples include interview skills, handling student loan debt, and resume building.

Buzzfile

Buzzfile maps college majors to related industries and companies that are hiring graduates within those majors.  It can be a great place to narrow down your job search because it automatically matches your major(s) with companies that may be hiring.  You are able to access basic information freely, but you must create an account with the site to access all of its features.

 

Features

  • Home: Buzzfile's home page provides instructions on how to create a new account.
  • My Favorites: Where you can save job positions and companies to your account to be referenced later.
  • Lists: A function where you can create lists to organize and manage job positions and companies that you have favorited.
  • List Builder: Adds additional filters and lists to your search, but is not free to access.
  • Employers by Major: Lists employers categorized by major/field of discipline.  You can also view employers by state.  Employers are organized by the following categories:
    • Arts & sciences
    • Business management and marketing
    • Engineering
    • Health sciences
    • Legal services
  • Employ Veterans: Lists employers by profession and state.  It includes the following categories:
    • Services
    • Government and law enforcement
    • Veteran friendly employers
    • Transportation services
    • Office
    • Maintenance and technical
    • Health and wellness
    • Engineering and scientific
  • Locations: Lets you view employers' and companies' locations by state by using the check boxes next to each state and clicking "View Results."  The results contain the following information about each company/industry:
    • Company name
    • Company type
    • Street address, city, state, and zip code
    • Number of current employees
    • Revenue
    • Industry type
  • Industries: Lists industries by sector.  You can browse different industries by clicking on the checkboxes next to each sector and clicking "View Results."  You can filter your results by state, city, county, metro, and zip code.
  • Blogs: A blog managed by Buzzfile that posts about relevant job hunting topics.

 

Creating an Account with Buzzfile

To access all the features on Buzzfile, you will need to create an account with the website.  To create a new account:

  1. Click on "Sign in" which is located in the top right corner of the home page.
  2. Click on "Register."
  3. Fill out the fields with your information, including email address, occupation, phone number, and industry/sector.
  4. Click "register" to finish creating your account.

 

Searching for Employers

To browse the website's list of employers:

  1. Go to the "Employers by Major" feature and choose to browse either by major or state.
  2. Once you select a field or state, it will ask you to select a state or major (whichever you did not select before) to narrow your search.
  3. View an employer's details by clicking on the company's title.  It will take you to a separate page with information such as contact information, description of the business, sector, location type, revenue, and demographics.
  4. If you would like to add the employer to "My Favorites" or "Lists," click on the "Action" icon and select "Add to List" or "Add to Favorites."

 

Employer Information Page

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College Grad Job Hunter

College Grad Job Hunter is a job search website designed specifically for new college graduates.  It is another place where employers are likely to look for qualified candidates for many entry level positions.

Features

  • Job Search Advice: Contains advice and tips for recent college graduates when searching for entry level jobs.  It contains information on building resumes, networking, interviewing, and negotiating offers.
  • Careers: This is where you can browse through different careers alphabetically, by category, or by popularity.  When you click on a profession, a brief description of the occupation is included.  It also includes information about the job, such as salary outlook and work environment.
  • Resumes: A research page where you can learn how to build a strong resume.  It provides resume building resources, such as templates, generators, and tutorial videos.  It also provides tips on drafting cover letters and acquiring references.
  • Interviewing: Provides material that can assist you in preparing for job interviews.  It covers common interview questions, etiquette, and how to handle virtual and phone call interviews.

Searching for Jobs

To search for jobs on College Grad Job Hunter:

  1. Visit the College Grad Job Hunter home page.
  2. Fill in the "what" and "where" search fields to conduct a basic search.  To conduct an advanced search, click on the "Advanced" icon below the "find jobs" icon.  From there, you have the option to type in key words, phrases, and locations to conduct a more specific search.  You can also select the type of job (entry level, internship, etc.) and sort the results by relevance or date posted.
  3. Click on a job in which you are interested, and it will take you to the job's original posting.  This is usually on another job posting website (ZipRecruiter, Indeed, etc.).

 

Job Search Results Page

search results page college grad hunter

 

Browsing for Jobs

If you want to browse available jobs instead of conducting a search, you can utilize the browse features on the home page.  You can browse by the following categories:

Internships.com

Internships.com is run by Chegg, an American education technology company.  It allows you to search for internships and get career advice from others.  You can begin searching for internships with the basic search fields on the home page (keyword and location).  Or, you can conduct a more specific search by using the site's primary features, which are located at the top of the home page.

 

Creating an Account

To create an account with Internships.com:

  1. Visit the Internships.com home page and click on "create account" located in the top right of the page.  If you have already created an account, click on "sign in."
  2. Fill in the fields to create your account, including your email address, name, and password.  If you have a Facebook account, you can create an account with those credentials instead.
  3. Click "Create account."

 

Account Creation Screen

internships acct create page

 

Features

  • Search: Lets you search for jobs based on specific criteria.  You can use the filters on the left side of the search page to conduct a specific job search.  As you fill in the fields, the results matching your criteria will display in the center of the page.  To apply for a position, click on "see details" below the job title and "apply now" on the job description page.  From there, you will need to log into your account to begin the application.

 

Search Results Page (filters applied)

chegg search results page

 

  • Browse: This allows you to browse internships by category.  If you hover over the "Browse" icon at the top of the home page, you will see all available categories.  If you have created a profile with the site, it will match you with internships based on your qualifications and background.  To view more details on a position, click on "See more." below the job title.
  • Career Advice: Offers assistance in exploring different job options.  It also provides advice on topics related to the workplace, such as working from home, completing video interviews, and building resumes.