Handshake (Ram Recruiter) 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 Hanshake (Ram Recruiter) 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 Handshake (Ram Recruiter) is to sign up using your suffolk.edu email.  Alumni without a suffolk.edu email address can sign up using a different email address, however it will take up to 24 hours to process.

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.

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

CollegeGrad BostonWorks
Job Central
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
Job Profiles
The Career Project

Employment Lists by Area of Interest

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
Aquent Recuiters
Creative Jobs Central
SMFA Career Development
Communication Arts
Fashion Career Center
Fashion- 24seven
Style Careers
Hire Culture


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
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


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


Environmental Careers Organization
Outdoor Environmental Career Guide
Environmental Career Center
Environmental Career


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


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
Non Profit Jobs
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


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


Jobs in China
Asian Jobs
Chinese Jobs
Chinese Interships


Australia Employment Opportunities


People Bank UK
Russian and Eastern European Opportunities
European Jobs

North America

Canadian WorkWeb

Law / Law Enforcement

Law Employment Center
Police One
Police Officer



Corporate Finance

Research & Science

American Institute of Physics
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)


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
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
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

Job Search Networking Groups

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