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Jobs & Internships Search

As a student at SUNY Geneseo, you have developed strong communication skills and sophisticated means of finding information, conducting research, identifying issues, and solving problems. A job hunt is just an application of the skills you already have.

Whether you are at the very beginning of your career path or about to change direction after years in your field, the Department of Career Development is here to help! Please feel free to make an appointment with a career development professional in our office to discuss career exploration. Along with our physical resources in Erwin 116, we offer several excellent online career planning resources.

 

 


Effective Job & Internship Search Strategies: An Overview

The job search process begins with knowing yourself and what you hope to achieve after graduation.  At Career Development we have a variety of resources to help you determine your career goals and to facilitate the process of learning about yourself.  Below you will find links and resources to help you get started.  

Step 1 – Conduct a self-assessment and identify your:

 

Step 2Explore your career options:

 

  • Utilize the Career Development Virtual Resources
    • Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job. Take advantage of your FREE access:
    • Career Advisor Network is a free online platform that connects alumni with current students and other alumni for one-o-one conversations about careers, job search, networking, and more!
    • CareerShift helps job seekers successfully navigate the published and hidden job market to find career opportunities. Employers are vetted by CareerShift for authenticity to ensure you have the best employer pool to conduct your job and career research.
    • O-net  contains hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy.
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings, and job outlook for 1,000+ different occupations in the United States.
  • Research careers that meet your interests, skills, and values Conduct informational interviews and start networking through LinkedIn and the Career Advisor Network.
  • Obtain career-related experience through related employment, related volunteer work, internships, pre-professional organizations
  • Meet with a career advisor. Virtual appointments can be scheduled with career advisors on Handshake for a telephone consultation or a video session. Group appointments are also offered daily. Sign up via Handshake Events tab.. If you are unable to schedule online, please call 585-245-5721 or email our office.

Step 3 Set your career goals:

 

  • Clarify and be able to articulate what kind(s) of position(s) you prefer, what kind of organization you would like to work in and where you want to be geographically
  • Determine if additional education is needed to meet your goals
  • Develop your job search plan and consider devising back-up strategies
Step 4Develop and conduct your job search campaign:

 

  • Have your resume and cover letter critiqued
  • Contact Career Development to participate in a mock interview
  • Join professional organizations and community groups
  • Think like an employer in your field and ask yourself, “How do they meet their hiring needs?”
  • Network with family, friends, professors, past employers, and neighbors
  • Research organizations in your field
  • Utilize the Office of Career Development web site for job listings on Handshake.
  • Send resumes and cover letters to target employers
  • Attend job fairs and participate in recruiting events
  • Read the job board classifieds
  • Interview with organizations of interest to you and send thank you notes
  • Consider a temporary assignment or contract work Consider “stepping-stone” jobs
  • Consider graduate school or additional training in your field
  • Track your activity carefully

 

Step 5Rate your job offers:

 

  • Understand that rejection is part of the process
  • Consider negotiating your start date, salary or benefits. When considering average and expected wages, use the Wage Calculator.
  • Accept an offer that is best for you
  • The ethical path is to stop interviewing once you have accepted an offer

Search for jobs by major, location, and demographics. Consider alternative programs such as gap years and volunteer programs.

 


 

Other Job Search Websites

Geneseo Alumni Career Advisor Network

Alumni Career Advisor Network: is an online mentoring platform that connects you with alumni to explore potential careers, job search advice, networking, and more! Whether you want to learn more about a career path, have an interview coming up, or need to give your resume a tune up, alumni are there to help. The platform uses a matching algorithm to connect you to ideal alumni advisors based on information included in your profile. Conversations with alumni can take place via phone, video, chat, or in person. View our Alumni Career Advisor Network-Student Guide for more detailed information.

New York Job Exchange

New York State Job Exchange: Search for jobs and related labor information about your career. "By signing up, you can create a resume, apply for jobs, and have job listings sent to your email. ”

 

Idealist

Idealist – Action Without Borders: This Nonprofit Career Center connects people, organizations, and resources to "help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.

 

Indeed

Indeed: Indeed is an American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings.

Career Builder:

Career Builder CareerBuilder is an online U.S. job site that gives users access to thousands of career opportunities.

Career Bliss:

Career Bliss- A comprehensive resource that provides salary information, company reviews and ratings, and over 3 million job postings. Be sure to take the free BlissFinder Assessment test and read up on the latest career news and trends.

College Recruiter:

College Recruiter- A job board for college students searching for internships and recent graduates seeking entry-level jobs and other career opportunities.

Glassdoor:

Glassdoor- Glassdoor is your free inside look at thousands of companies. Salary details, company reviews, and interview questions — all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.

LinkedIn:  

LinkedInManage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network: access knowledge, insights, and opportunities.

Monster:

Monster-"Create an account and upload your resume to be found by the recruiters who search Monster's databases every day."

Parker Dewey

Parker Dewey-"Parker Dewey offers Micro-Internships. Create an account and immediately see available project opportunities and determine which ones are aligned to your goals and abilities."

SimplyHired:

SimplyHired"Search for job opportunities across the United States on "Simply Hired." Browse by job category, city, state, employer, and more."

 

USA Jobs

USAJobs: Offers information on thousands of U.S. government job opportunities worldwide. Also, visit Making the Difference for tips on navigating the federal hiring process.