Colleges and Your Electronic Job Search

If you are presently a student at a college or university, your career service center is the first place to start your electronic job search. They have wonderful resources for helping you write and design your electronic résumé. They also have reference books that can guide you in all aspects of your job search, not just the electronic kind.
Many of these schools maintain a résumé database of all their students that can be accessed by companies worldwide. Career service centers are connected with many employers who list entry-level job openings and internships available to students of that particular school in job banks. Take advantage of those internships and other work experiences long before your graduation. Join student chapters of professional associations, like the American Marketing Association, American Geological Association, and so on. They will produce marketable keywords that will help your electronic résumé pop to the top in a keyword search.

Many larger companies have special sites on their Internet home pages just for students. For instance, Microsoft has a hyperlink under “Employment Opportunities” at http://www.microsoft.com where students can peruse full-time and internship opportunities developed specifically for college students.

Sometimes colleges offer reciprocal services to students of other schools, but the only way to find out is to make a telephone call to the career center of the school nearest you.

Alumni associations are another good place to start. There is an Internet site at http://www.careerresource.net/carserv/ that is an excellent source for hyperlinks to hundreds of college alumni services. Check these Web sites first to see what type of support your alma mater provides. Colleges and universities often offer their alumni the same services as current students, while others limit free services to a year after graduation. Again, check your school just to make sure.

The career center may have a home page or a hyperlink from the university’s main home page where you can find lists of the career resources available from your particular school. In addition, most major universities and colleges post their own job openings on the school’s Web site.

To find your college’s Web site, simply type the name of the school in a good search engine (see Chapter 12) and link to the career center.

To locate online information about universities and colleges in general, including the addresses for their home pages, check the following resources:

American Universities


Career Resource

American Universities
MonsterTrak
Peterson's Education Center
Scholarstuff.com
U.S. Universities and Community Colleges


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