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Networking guidelines

  • Compile a list of questions to ask
  • Research the industry and specific employers
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals in the field
  • Send thank-you notes in appreciation of their time and information
  • Develop a contacts file to keep track of the information they share with you


Handshake is a simple but powerful search tool that helps you find the best fit jobs and internships posted by over 200,000 companies, non-profits and government organizations throughout the country.

Career fairs

Fairs give you the opportunity to meet with recruiters in person to explore opportunities and to build networking contacts.

Targeted searches

A targeted search involves identifying key criteria you seek in your future position and using resources to compile a list of specific employers who meet those criteria.

To develop a targeted list, consider your answers to these questions:

  • What type of employer, job function or industry are you interested in?
  • In what geographic area you would like to work?
  • There are various resources to assist you with developing a targeted list of employers, including Hoover's, one of the most respected sites for researching companies, people and industries. You can access Hoover's through the library's database.


The internet is useful in obtaining information related your job search: job postings, employer data, salary statistics, employment and workforce trends, and much more. Knowing which sites are most useful and how to identify high quality information can help you use your time wisely. However, even though the Internet may be helpful identifying opportunities, it is not recommended that you rely on this strategy alone.

  • Employer websites
  • Industry guides (OOH Industry Guide, Wetfeet, etc.)
  • Large job boards (Monster, Indeed, College Grad, Career Builder)
  • Industry-specific job boards (e.g. for nonprofit opportunities)

Professional associations

Most fields have one or more professional associations that represent their career area. These sites are geared toward the practicing professional, but many also have an area for students interested in that discipline. Professional association sites are useful in learning about the profession and identifying employment opportunities in the field. To learn about the associations related to your career field, search online or use Career Services Center resources.

State and local employment agencies

Each state has a government-sponsored employment agency to assist residents in finding employment. In addition, there are private agencies that offer short and long term employment opportunities. Be sure to research each agency to understand potential fees and policies for involvement with the agency.

  • State & local government opportunities
  • Handshake
  • American Staffing Association (find a staffing company)


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