Figuring Out Your Career Path

FOCUS, a career assessment system, to help you explore career options and majors. Register as a new user with the access code: rams.

CareerShift  is a job search management tool that can help you in all phases of your job search: from identifying employers of interest, to seeing job listings which match your goal, to finding people with whom to network, to managing your job search campaign. You can research both for profit and non-profit employers you wish to contact for jobs by type of employer and geographic area.  You can use your target list of employers to search for Suffolk graduates who may work for those employers. You can conduct an email campaign to targeted employers of interest.  For example, if you are interested in working in advertising, you can specify such things as the geographic area you wish to work in, or the size of the employer you wish to target, and CareerShift will provide a comprehensive list of employers who meet your criteria along with contact names and information, and job listings. All you need to do to register with CareerShift is to sign up using your suffolk.edu email.  Alumni without a suffolk.edu email address can sign up by entering suffolkalumni in the group box.  Finally, please make sure that you take advantage of the tutorials available for using CareerShift effectively.  They are noted by small icons that look like pieces of film.

Preparing For and Conducting Your Job Search

Job Search Strategies

1. Define your field of interest and the skills and experiences of value to employer in that field. Hone your message to employers – be mindful of the language (buzz words) of the industry.

2. Develop Two Resumes: one targeted to your primary career interest and a more generic version that can serve additional purposes.

3. Utilize Multiple Resources: Including LinkedIn, industry and professional association websites, experience (hyperlink), networking, employment agencies, job search support groups

4. Take Calculated Risks: Break out of your comfort zone—meet people, be visible in your field, ask for help and advice, initiate and follow-up

5. Network: Ask family, friends, colleagues, faculty, administrators, alumni, affinity groups – for referrals to people in your field. Arrange face-face meetings and leave each on with a referral, a new resource, a job lead, and/or advice. Keep in touch with your network.

6. Attend Job Fairs: Seek out the ones most relevant to you and prepare—employers are prescreening for candidates whom they may want to interview later. Be sure to follow up.

7. Initiate Employer Contact: Target employers you have an interest in and send a cover letter and resume to the hiring manager or a relevant contact.

8. Consider Short-term Alternatives and Stay Current: Enhance your skills and build your network through part-time, freelance, or temporary work or through internships in your field. Pursue training opportunities to develop and add skills.

9. Persist: Expect a 3-6 month campaign. Be prepared to speak succinctly and enthusiastically about your chosen career path. Always follow up. Stay focused, determined, and committed.

10. Download our Job Search Strategies Handbook [PDF], where you will find additional advice and information including:

  • Resources and professional association lists by career field
  • Industry-specific job sites
  • Job fair listings
  • Staffing agencies, employment and search firms
  • Job search groups
  • How to utilize Suffolk's Alumni Network
  • Top employer lists by industry

Experience

Experience lists full time job postings and internship positions and gives you access to the VAULT Career Library containing information on career paths, major employers, and job descriptions.

To register, contact Terry Wells at 617-573-8480. The token password for Experience is madrid.  To access internship positions, schedule an appointment with an internship counselor.

Creating Your Account

Fields with a red dot are required. If you do not know your student ID number, you may enter any series of random numbers in this field. You will have the option of registering for either Full Time Employment/On-Campus Recruiting or internship. Be sure to select Full Time Employment/On Campus Recruiting. Saved information can be edited it at any time.

Uploading Resumes And Cover Letters

In the top navigation bar under ‘Documents,’ select ‘Upload A Document.’ You will see four options for documents to upload. Selecting an option will prompt you to browse your files for resumes, cover letters, etc. Please note that you cannot edit documents once they are uploaded. If you have more than one version of your resume you may want to upload all of them, labeling them in a manner easy to distinguish. You will be able to select which version you would like sent to each employer during the application process.

Applying For Jobs

There are several job search options. In the box marked Jobs and Internships it is important that there is a check next to ‘Show only jobs from my Career Center.’ Jobs posted by Suffolk University will have a small blue pennant next to it. All other jobs are part of the shared Experience network. If you find a job you are interested in applying for, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find application instructions. Although we don’t have information about or responsibility for jobs posted by outside sources, you are welcome to apply for them.

On-Campus Recruiting (Business School and College of Arts & Sciences students ONLY)

Senior or graduate students in your final year may wish to participate in on-campus recruiting. Under ‘One Click Job Searches’ select ‘Jobs With Upcoming Interview Schedules.’ If you see a position you are interested in, apply the same way you would for any other position. Your application will be stored in the system until the application deadline date. At this time they are automatically bundled and emailed to the employer for review. The employer must send you an email letting you know whether you have been accepted or declined for an interview. If you are accepted you will have automatic access to the interview schedule where you can choose a time slot.

Top Employers

Looking to stay in the Boston area. Consult our list of the top employers in Massachusetts [PDF], sorted by industry.

Career Links

General Job and Career Information

MonsterCollege
CollegeGrad BostonWorks
Monster
Jobfind
Rileyguide
JobHunt
Job Central
Indeed
MA Job Central
Job Hunters Bible
WSJ College Journal
College Recruiter
Career Builder

Career and Occupational Information

Careers in Business
Careers by Major
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Vault
Job Profiles
The Career Project

Employment Lists by Area of Interest

Arts and Arts Administration

American Council for the Arts
ArtSource
American Institute of Architects
World Wide Art Resources
USC art links
American Institute of Graphic Artists
Aquent Recuiters
Creative Central
MFA Museum School Artsource
Communication Arts
Fashion Career Center
Fashion- 24seven
Style Careers
Entertainment Industry
Hire Culture

Business

Wall Street Career Journal
Training and Development
Marketing Classifieds
Accounting Classifieds
American Marketing Association (Boston chapter)
American Planning Association (Mass. chapter)

Communication & Media

Corporation for Public Broadcasting JobLine
Editor and Publisher
TV Jobs
J- Jobs
Radio and Records
Bookbuilders of Boston
Ad Age Career Center
Public Relations Society of America
PR Jobs
Sun Oasis-Jobs for Writers, editors and copywriters
Ad Club Job Board

Education

Chronicle of Higher Education
Education Jobs Page
Project Connect
National Association of Independent Schools
Higher Ed Jobs
Academic 360 
K-12 Jobs
Association of Boarding Schools
Association of Independent Schools in New England
Massachusetts Charter Public School Association
Mass EducatorsCareer Center (public schools)
Massachusetts School Library Association
New England HERC  (colleges and universities)
Associated Grant Makers (development jobs in education and nonprofits)
Mass Board of Library Commissioners

Engineering & Computer Science

Cape Cod Technology Council
Computer Software/Systems Job Page
IEEE Computer Society
Boston SPIN (Softward Process Improvement Network)
Mass Society of Professional Engineers

Environment

EnviroLink
Environmental Careers Organization
Outdoor Environmental Career Guide
Ecoemploy
Environmental Career Center
Environmental Career

Finance/Accounting

AAFA
Banking Jobs
Mass Society of Certified Public Accountants
Financial Executives International Boston (registration required)

Government

FedWorld
USA Jobs-official site for federal jobs
American Society for Public Administration
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Commonwealth Seminar: Commonwealth Jobs (public agencies or public service nonprofits)
Mass. Municipal Association

Health and Human/Social Services

Hospital Work
Health Care Source
Hospital Jobs
Med/Health Care
ACHE Healthcare Executive Career Resource Center
Allied Health
Health Care and Medical Employment
Goodworks
Non Profit Jobs
Idealist
Mass Hospital Careers - free registration required
Mass League of Community Health Centers -clinical and non clinical jobs
Massachusetts Councils on Aging

Human Resources

New England Human Resources Association
Society for Human Resources Management
Training Jobs

International

Going Global
Global Career Center
Foreign Policy Assoc.
iAgora International
International Financial Careers
International Jobs
International Jobs Center
Overseas Jobs
ForeignMBA
Dave's ESL Cafe
BUNAC Work Overseas
H1 Visa Jobs (subscription required)
H-1B Discosure Information from the Department of Labor

Asia

Asia-Net
Jobs in China
Asian Jobs
Chinese Jobs
Chinese Interships

Australia

Australia Employment Opportunities

Europe

People Bank UK
Russian and Eastern European Opportunities
European Jobs
Jobsite

North America

Canadian WorkWeb

Law / Law Enforcement

Law Employment Center
Police One
Police Officer

MBA

Corporate Finance
Consulting

Research & Science

American Institute of Physics
Biospace
Physics Careers
Genetic Engineering News
Mass Biotech Council
ResearchGate Job Board

Employer Directories

Hoover's Handbook On-Line
Thomas Registry of Manufacturers
Employer Research (Riley Guide)
Career Search

AHANA and GLBT

These sites provide information and resources that may be helpful to individuals including African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American (AHANA) and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) members of the University community.

Diversity Employment
DiversityLink.com
Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP)
HRC- information on glbt workplace issues and supportive employers
Latino Professional Network
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
IMDiversity
National Association of Asian American Professionals
National Association of Black Accountants
National Black MBA Association
Talent Source

Local Professional Associations

Massachusetts Biotech Council
MIT Enterprise Forum
MA Chapter, American Society for Training and Development
New England Human Resources Association
MA Software and Internet Council
The Massachusetts Electronic Commerce Association
Cape Cod Technology Council
American Marketing Association, Boston Chapter
American Society for Public Administration
MA Society of Certified Public Accountants

Geographic Information

These sites are specific to a certain geographic area. They may include job listings within a certain state, within a state government, housing information, companies located within a certain area, etc.

City Net
Relocation Salary Calculator

Professional Associations

Boston Young Professionals Association
Yahoo! directory of associations

Job Search Networking Groups

The 495 Networking Support Group (Westboro, Mass., high-tech focused)

Boston Career Link

Career Opportunities (Hyannis, Mass. 508-862-6600)

The Career Place (Woburn, Mass.)

CareerPoint (Holyoke, Mass.)

ExecuNet (Boston area, geared toward executives)

The Financial Executives Networking Group (Boston area)

The Monday Network (Needham, Mass.)

Nashua Job Seekers Networking Meeting (Nashua, N.H., Public Library, 603-589-4600)

Nutfield Networking Group (Londonderry, N.H.)

Operation of A.B.L.E (for job seekers aged 45 and older)

WIND Networking (oldest continuous running networking group in Massachusetts; meetings in Cambridge, Foxboro, Westboro, Wilmington, and Portsmouth, N.H.)

Career Fairs

JobFairs Global
Boston Area Job Fairs