Job searching can be overwhelming and tedious; having a strategy can make the process seem less daunting and much more manageable. Start by attending a Small Group Job Search workshop to get more detailed strategies from Northeastern University Career Development. Check the calendar for dates and times. Although many people interpret the process as linear, job searching is multifaceted, and should be approached that way.
There are three strategies to job search:
- Going Indirect:
This tends to be many seekers' first approach at job searching. Going indirect is when seekers use job/employment websites that spider the web for positions based on key words that the user plugs into the search box. They can be general search sites like SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com or industry specific, such as HireCulture.org, Idealist.org or Dice.com. Northeastern students should always start their job search with NUcareers.
- Going Direct:
The job seeker goes “directly” to specific company sites to seek out positions. The most important part of going direct is creating a target list. A target list is a list of companies and positions that the seeker is interested in working at/in and learning more about. A target list challenges the job seeker to brainstorm companies/positions and keep track of them. It also helps the job seeker track their progress.
- Connecting & Networking:
Networking is vital for a job seeker’s success. 70% of all positions are filled by word of mouth. To learn more about how to incorporate connecting with other professionals and networking into your job search, read the networking and informational interviewing guides.
Create your Job Search Strategy:
- Start by identifying your job function, what industry you’re interested in as well as the type of company you’d like to work for and your ideal location.
- Develop a list of target companies you want to apply to. Can't think of more than a few? Use Career Search to help you find more companies within your industry. Career Search is a company database that allows users to search for companies industry, location, size, revenue and even major.
- To access Career Search: Log in to NUcareers, scroll down, and click the Career Search box.
- Don’t forget the Federal Government. See: Making the Difference and USA Jobs.
- Are you an international student? Check out our resources for international students and look at the calendar to register for an International Small Group Job Search workshop and get specific strategies for your job search.
- Check out internships from some of the top companies. Go to Chegg and browse their job database and match yourself to over 100,000 internships.
Implement your Strategy:
Once you’ve formulated your strategy and have an idea of how you’re going to approach your job search, take advantage of the resources at your fingertips and most importantly use your network.
- Use Job Search Resources that Northeastern provides to all students and alumni including, NUcareers, Career Guides, Going Global and Going USA, to name a few.
- Find job leads using NUcareers.
- Check the company sites that you identified on your target list frequently.
- Have a look at our Long Distance Job Search Handout to find out more about searching for jobs outside your city.
- Network! 80% of jobs are found through networking contacts. Use HuskyNation to find alumni connections and join the Career Services LinkedIn Group.
- Read the Networking and LinkedIn Guides for more tips on how to create your networking strategy!
- Attend LinkedIn workshops to better understand how to utilize this tool in your job search.
- Check out other social media and branding workshops and help develop a positive online brand to make you more attractive to employers. Check out our calendar for details on upcoming workshops.
- Still feeling stuck? Job searching takes time - read Avoiding the Pitfalls of Online Job Applications by a scientist turned recruiter.
Take Advantage of Employers on Campus:
- Check out the On-Campus Recruiting calendar through NUcareers
- Attend Career Fairs
- Attend events including, Career Conversations, Resumania, Networking Nights, and Panels
- Meet an employer in a one-on-one appointment through our Employer in Residence Program
Not sure about your job target or need help figuring out your options? We can help. Schedule to meet one-on-one with a career counselor through myNEU.
Have a quick question or need a quick review? Take advantage of walk-in hours, M-F 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. and spend 15 minutes getting your resume, cover letter, or Linkedin profile reviewed.
Important to Remember: Be Alert. Be Aware.
The great majority of employers are honest, but for those employers who are not, be aware of these security tips:
- Never pay a recruiter or an employer for a job
- Never supply bank account, social security number or credit card information
- If the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is (examples, “no experience necessary” “ earn money fast”)
- When you are in doubt, ask a career counselor in the Career Development department or Google the company name with the word “scam.”