Career Center

Strategies and Tips

Register with Handshake

  • Complete your Handshake profile.
  • Upload your résumé and make yourself visible to employers.
  • Find local, regional, national and international job and internship postings.
  • Sign up for on-campus interviews.
  • Identify employer contacts based on your major or field of choice.
  • View CareerSpots and Candid Career videos for employment preparation and researching careers.

Identify Who Hired Huskies

Search Job and Internship Fair Employer Lists

Direct contact is the key to getting noticed by an employer. Most resumes posted online with companies are never seen. They are generally active from October until early June.

Google It

Many employers use Google to advertise their job or internship openings and many others design their job posting websites so their positions will show up on the first page of a Google search.
  • Try different job titles and locations. Example: Nursing jobs in Minneapolis; Nursing jobs in Twin Cities.
  • If you need some ideas for job titles, remember to view Where are Huskies Now.

Search Job Board and Posting Sites

Search Career-Specific and Niche Sites

Job and internship-specific sites
Other “niche” posting sites for a specific career area
  • Research shows a high rate of success through "niche" sites such as MN Council of Nonprofits and TV Jobs.
  • Professional Associations sites (for example Public Relations Society of America for public relations majors or IEEE for engineers) and other career specific sites. Find these by:
    • Asking professors
    • Networking with people who work in your areas of interest
    • Google (for example “marketing professional associations” OR “communications professional organizations”)
    • Use “Directory of Associations” or “National Trade and Professional Associations” in the Miller Center.
    • LinkedIn

Consider Employment Agencies

Make sure you work ONLY with agencies that are 100 percent free to candidates.
  • Employment agencies most active in recruiting new college grads include:
    • Pro Staff, Aerotek, GradStaff, Robert Half/Accountemps, and Career Professionals.
  • To find the agencies with specialties that fit your interests, research Employment Agencies online.

Network, Network, Network

  • Networking is the number one way most people find their jobs and internships.
  • LinkedIn is a great networking tool. Learn how to add a million people to your network.
  • Make inquiries by phone. Although your first contact with an employer may be through email or LinkedIn, a phone conversation is a good follow-up.
  • Face to face contact is ideal. Remember to take advantage of our Career Events.

Identify Job Scams

Review this infographic developed by Macalester College.

The list below are red flags to watch out for when searching for a position.

  • Up-front payment is requested to get the job. For example: a software program needed to work from home, or training materials, credit or background check fees, a work visa, or travel expenses.
  • A job advertisement is vague about the position and requirements.
  • Information about a job is not on company letterhead or uses bad grammar or punctuation in communications. The company sends multiple recruitment letters and are sometimes identical letters from people with different names but the same job title.
  • A recruiter uses a free e-mail address like instead of an e-mail from the business’s domain name with a business address and phone number.
  • A job is offered without the submission of a resume, or after a brief or no interview.
  • The job posting says “no experience required”, or the employer is not interested in your work history or skills.
  • A request is made by phone, text, or e-mail for personal information (social security number, date of birth, driver’s license number, credit card information, or bank account information) so that paychecks can be directly deposited.
  • The job opportunity looks too good to be true. Examples of this are easy work with high pay, high starting salary for an entry-level job, or wages way above the typical pay for a similar job.
  • The recruiter requests you to recruit others for the same position.
  • The recruiter pressures you to accept the job.
  • A person high up the corporate ladder (CEO, company owner, or HR Director) is recruiting you.
  • A company approaches you about a job for which you didn’t apply.

Working Remotely