What you should do
- Read a copy of the Center's Guide to Career Planning and Job Hunting which includes more information on job hunting.
- Come for counseling to decide on a career goal.
- Subscribe to a listserv (emailed discussion group) in your career area to learn about what is going on in your field. Visit Topica or Catalist to find a group.
- Start networking with Linkedin.com
- Learn how to create your resumé. Visit our online workshops.
- Learn how to interview effectively. Use OptimalResume's mock interview system to practice.
- Read our internship job hunt page
- Recognize that the hunt is in your hands.
Identify Advertised Openings
- Go to our password instructions to reach Career Directions for positions listed exclusively for Montclair State students.
- Attend our Career Fairs and be sure to prepare.
- Go to the web sites of the organizations or firms that interest you. On-line job postings and on-line applications are plentiful.
- Go to the web sites of professional associations in your field to find listings.
- Use the Riley Guide to find sites specific to your professional area.
- Use our Online Resources to identify even more job opportunities.
- Apply for Federal Jobs
- Identify and use journals in your field of interest that post job listings.
- Use the want ads of several newspapers.
- Use employment agencies
Identify Potential Employers
You need not wait for a position to be advertised in order to send your resumé and a great cover letter to companies and organizations. To locate potential employers in your field of interest, use the following resources and ideas:
- Through the Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education
- Use the National Association of Colleges and Employers' annual directories listing employers who expect to be hiring in different fields.
- Use other occupational directories available in the Career Library.
- Visit the web sites of companies/organizations that interest you. Use our Online Resources page to find really useful sites.
- On your own
- Network, network, network. Create a list of everyone you know. Ask them if they know anyone you might talk to. Do this - it works - often better than formal ways of job hunting, since people like to hire people they know. Join social networking groups such as Linkedin.com.
- Find a listserv, (email discussion group) within your profession.
- Use in-house postings. (Work as a temp so that you can see available positions or get your employed friends to look at listings of available jobs within their organizations.)
- Read professional journals and newspapers in your field.
- Determine trends. Find out who's leaving, who's been promoted, and which organizations are growing. Send your resumé to those organizations where you believe new people will be hired.
- Write letters asking for advice to people who have written articles you like.
- Learn about ...
- evaluating a job offer
- dining etiquette during an interview
6. Check your progress! Grade your job hunt Are you doing everything you can? See our list of tasks!
What we do
The Center exists to help you identify studies and career goals that suit you, to support you in your future planning, help you prepare for the world of work or further education, hone your skills through experiential education, brainstorm with you, listen to you and cheer you on. As a result we offer everything listed above plus counseling, workshops, internships, coops, Career Fairs, an information rich website, job listings of all kinds, meetings with employers and more.
You own your job search -- the result of which is up to you and employers. The Center does not "place" students or alums; we educate our students and our grads to connect with the folks who do make those offers: employers!