Starting the Job Search

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We get it.  Searching for a job- is a job!  That's why our office has pooled together some resources for you in this section.  Here, you can find information to help you with the job search as well as resources to make the most out of the job search process.

Job Search Tools

Hot List

What's the latest and greatest in job options? Check out the Hot List on our homepage. The Hot List is updated weekly with internships and jobs we hear about directly from employers. If you are on campus, check out the dedicated TV screens for the Hot List between the Broad River Coffee Company and the Campus Shop in the Tucker Student Center and outside the cafeteria in the Dover Campus Center.

WebbWorks

WebbWorks is the Career Center's online resource for resume and job posting available to all students and alumni. The system is a way to create a resume, apply for jobs and internships, connect with employers, and review Career Development events.  Click here to access WebbWorks.

Social Media

Do you have a LinkedIn account? LinkedIn is the largest professional social network with more than 414 million users. It is also the biggest pool talent online.  You can search for jobs and employers can search for you.  Let us teach you how!

  

Helpful Hints

Here is what you need before you start the job search process.

Network Network, Network

Who you know is critical to finding jobs and often to getting hired.  Up to 85% of today's job openings are in the "hidden job market." Use connections such as friends, family, and professional colleagues to help introduce you to job opportunities and advise you about particular companies or positions.

Practice

Practice makes perfect, and this is true of job skills. Practice interviewing and have your personal information like a resume and cover letter reviewed by another person.  Take notes on typical interview questions and how you plan to answer them, then review your notes and rehearse your answers.  Research the company you are interested in to learn more about what you could ask in an interview and how your skills and experience align with them.

Stay Organized

Whether it is a physical or virtual folder, it's important to keep track of where you have applied, when you applied, to whom you've spoken and so forth.  Consider keeping an excel sheet or job tracking sheet to easily see this information collectively.  Also, have a thumb drive or other storage option just for jobs.  Since cover letters and resumes tend to be adapted for each job, it is easier to save your documents in one place (ex. Max Bulldog Resume_GardnerWebb.docx). You will also want to track contacts made and when follow-ups are due.

A Strong Resume

How's that resume looking?  If you haven't already, make sure your resume is polished before starting the job search and have it reviewed by Career Development. Customize your resume for each job to make sure you are addressing the specific job description/posting. Check out our resume section for more information.

Recommendations

Line up several professional recommendations by always asking if he/she would be willing to serve as a reference for you, and if they can provide a positive reference for you.  NEVER assume! Three to four recommendations is average.

Keep an Open Mind

It's easy to feel frustrated at some point in the job search process because you aren't finding "the perfect job." Our suggestion? Keep an open mind. This might mean widening your search to a larger geographic region or looking for other job fields that might still involve aspects of interest to you.  For new graduates, internships after college are also a great way to gain some initial experience. Don't give up and don't limit yourself.

 

Online Job Search Resources

Leverage the world's largest professional network to build relationships and connect with professional opportunities.  Use LinkedIn Jobs to navigate this virtual professional network, learn about your connections within a company or industry, and you gain an edge in your job search. Click on the icon below to access LinkedIn's job network and be sure to add Gardner-Webb University Career Development as a connection!

LinkedIn Jobs Logo

General Job Search Links

Glass Doorwww.glassdoor.comJob Search and Employer Reviews
Grantedwww.granted.comJob Search Engine
Employment Guidewww.employmentguide.comJob Search Engine
Career Netwww.careers.orgJob Search Engine
NC Jobswww.oshr.govNC Office of State Personnel
Jobs in Charlotte Regionwww.localjobs.com/selectmarket.aspCharlotte, Asheville, Knoxville
USA Jobswww.usa.govGovernment Job Site
Diversity Jobswww.diversityemployers.comDiversity Jobs Site
Simply Hiredwww.simplyhired.comJob Search Engine
College Grad Job Hunterwww.collegegrad.com/jobsearchRecent Grads Job Search Engine

  

Additional Job Search Links

Backdoor Jobswww.backdoorjobs.comSeasonal Jobs
Health and Fitnesswww.phfr.comHealth and Wellness Jobs
Higher Educationwww.higheredjobs.comJobs within Higher Education
NC Department of Public Instructionwww.ncpublicschools.orgPublic School Teaching Positions
Summer Jobswww.summerjobs.comSummer Positions
Walt Disneywww.disneycareers.comRange of Jobs within Organization
United Nations Jobswww.unjobfinder.orgUN Job Search Engine
Non Profit Jobs Cooperativewww.nonprofitjobscoop.orgNonprofit Job Search

 

Want to learn more?  Utilize the resources on the Students and Alumni page to be career ready.