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University of South Florida

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Stetson University College of Law

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The University of Tampa

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Hillsborough Community College

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Saint Leo University

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Your Career Search

Finding a job or an internship can be challenging, but there are a number of helpful resources out there to help. Below, our Education Connection team has compiled some of the most useful to help you in your search. If you'd like to find out if one of our partners has an opportunity available, be sure to complete the Inquiry Form at the link to the left.

Job Search Resources

The first step in applying for a job or an internships is - you guessed it - finding a job or an internship to apply to! Check out some of the resources below for tips, advice, and resources to help you in your job or internship search. 

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Job Search Tips

Finding a job is a combination of luck, strategy, and skill. Check out some of the tips below:

Know what you want to do (or at least what field you want to go into): choosing your career path is the most important thing when searching for a job. If you do not know what field you are looking to enter into, there can be too many options to search through. Choosing a field helps you narrow down the many options and opportunities ahead of you.

Update your resume at least once a week: Updating your resume at least once a week ensures that you will have the most up-to-date copy to give employers or potential employers. This will also help you identify gaps in your resume that you could work to fill through training, volunteering or experience.

Prepare an elevator speech: An elevator speech is 30 seconds to 2 minutes long. In this case, your elevator speech should answer the prompt, “Tell me about yourself.” Your elevator speech should highlight your background, your accomplishments and why you want to work at X company or what your career goals are. This can be useful in both job interviews and at networking events.

Practice "Behavioral Interviewing": Many employers favor "behavioral interviewing", a type of interviewing that focuses on real life examples of how you have reacted to situations in the past, how you have overcome obstacles, and how you have been innovative in past positions. Become familiar with some of the questions you may be asked and have an idea for what you might say before you even meet your interviewers. An example question might be: “Describe a time you had to work with someone you didn't like.” Have an idea of what situation you can reference so that you are not scrambling during the interview. 

Do "Informational Interviews": In an "Informational Interview" you schedule a time to meet with a professional, perhaps invite them out to coffee or lunch or simply schedule a time to meet with them at their office. Rather than you being asked questions like in a traditional interview, in an informational interview you are the one asking the questions. Ask the professional with whom you are meeting about the company they work for, their career, their field, and their day to day life in their job. These interviews are performed without the expectation of gaining employment. Instead, it's an opportunity for you to network and to gain information about a potential career or job you could see yourself pursuing.

Network, network, and network: Many companies rely on employee referrals when hiring for a new position. Ask individuals you know if they know of any place that is hiring in your chosen field. Attend events to help build your network and meet more individuals in your field. Connect with past alumni of your school, especially those that are involved in your field. Refer to previous professors for any information on companies that are hiring. Touch base with those you haven’t spoken to in a while. Strengthen your relationship with the most influential people in your network. Remember, often in the job search it's not about what you know, but who you know.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com is a great tool to find other individuals who are leaders in your field, connect with people from school or work or who you meet when job searching, follow companies you're interested in or admire, and generally grow your network. LinkedIn can also be a good place to search for jobs, as many companies post openings on the site.

Use online job boards to locate companies that are hiring: There are major online job boards, such as indeed.com, and there are also job boards that are more specific to your field. Use both of these to try and find companies that are hiring. Check out some of the job boards listed at the top of this page as a starting point, talk to others in your field about field-specific job boards you might be able to find, and even try Googling "your field + jobs" and see what results you get.  

Send out resumes and follow-up: Send your resume to companies that you know are looking to hire. When sending out your resume, it is not enough to simply email or put it in the mail. You HAVE to follow up with the company. Call and introduce yourself to the supervisor or HR manager; review their staff pages and see if you know anyone who works there, follow the company on LinkedIn, and stay in touch. 

Attitude is everything: Looking for a job can be a challenging, emotional roller coaster. Keep a positive attitude to stay motivated, and remember that it can take time, but its worth it.