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 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.
Looking to stay in the Boston area. Consult our list of the top employers in Massachusetts [PDF], sorted by industry.
General Job and Career InformationMonsterCollege
MA Job Central
Job Hunters Bible
WSJ College Journal
Arts and Arts Administration
American Council for the Arts
American Institute of Architects
World Wide Art Resources
USC art links
American Institute of Graphic Artists
MFA Museum School Artsource
Fashion Career Center
Communication & Media
Corporation for Public Broadcasting JobLine
Editor and Publisher
Radio and Records
Bookbuilders of Boston
Ad Age Career Center
Public Relations Society of America
Sun Oasis-Jobs for Writers, editors and copywriters
Ad Club Job Board
Chronicle of Higher Education
Education Jobs Page
National Association of Independent Schools
Higher Ed 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
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
Health Care Source
ACHE Healthcare Executive Career Resource Center
Health Care and Medical Employment
Non Profit Jobs
Mass Hospital Careers - free registration required
Mass League of Community Health Centers -clinical and non clinical jobs
Massachusetts Councils on Aging
Global Career Center
Foreign Policy Assoc.
International Financial Careers
International Jobs Center
Dave's ESL Cafe
BUNAC Work Overseas
H1 Visa Jobs (subscription required)
H-1B Discosure Information from the Department of Labor
Law / Law Enforcement
Research & Science
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.
Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP)
HRC- information on glbt workplace issues and supportive employers
Latino Professional Network
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
National Association of Asian American Professionals
National Association of Black Accountants
National Black MBA Association
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
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.
The 495 Networking Support Group (Westboro, Mass., high-tech focused)
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.)