Off-Campus Full-Time Jobs
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.
- Meet with a career counselor to discuss your career goals.
- Start networking with Linkedin.com.
- Learn how to create your resume.
- Learn how to interview effectively. Use Optimal Resume's mock interview system to practice.
Identify Advertised Openings
- Go to our password instructions to reach Career Directions for positions listed exclusively for Montclair State students.
- Attend our career workshops and events and be sure to prepare for Career Fairs.
- Go to the websites of the organizations that interest you and view their online job postings.
- 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
- Review tips to avoid job and internship scams
Identify Potential Employers
You need not wait for a position to be advertised in order to send your resume 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
- Meet with a career counselor to discuss opportunities in your field of interest.
- Visit Career Directions to view job and internship opportunities specifically posted for the Montclair State community.
- Visit the websites 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.
- 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.)
- Stay abreast on the occupation and industry trends in your field of interest.
- Determine trends. Find out who's leaving, who's been promoted, and which organizations are growing. Send your resume to those organizations where you believe new people will be hired.
- Write letters asking for advice to people who have written articles you like.
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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, co-ops, 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!