How to search for a job
Searching for a
job can be time-intensive. Here are some tips to make sure that your time
search for jobs is well spent:
- Be creative and start early.
- Use a variety of online sources to
- Learn what your peers did to find a
- Take the time to explore job titles
and descriptions – some companies may be looking for scientists but list
positions using other titles such as engineer or product developer.
Don’t be afraid to approach companies that interest you and ask them the best
way to pursue employment with their company. Sometimes it may require
volunteering or taking a lower-level position to eventually get your desired
Where to search
best place to start searching for a job is online. There are several university and
professional job databases that list jobs within the state and throughout the
- Jobs for Jacks (NAU’s employment database) – contains an array of jobs ranging
from student worker jobs to full time jobs after graduation.
- Government jobs – usajobs.gov. All government jobs including the
Forestry Service, US Geological Survey, and the Park Services are listed on
Other search options
- Visit company or organization sites
to view their available job openings. Some jobs may only be posted for one
week, so check frequently.
and departments with job listings and opportunities
Merriam - Powell
Center's weekly update: Websites for the top
employers in Flagstaff, Arizona
Search engine tips
Use the following
tips when using popular search engines to find jobs:
- spell words correctly and avoid slang
- use AND to search for multiple words
- use NOT to exclude certain words
- use OR to include any of the words or
- when searching for phrases, use
quotes around the phrase to search for the entire phrase, for example
“CEFNS employment database”
Search newspapers or
still an excellent resource for listed jobs in your community:
- look in the WANTED, CLASSIFIED, JOB
or CAREER sections
Use the yellow pages to identify
employers by subject or fields of interest in the towns or cities where
you hope to work.
Use your network
to find a job. Family, friends, and professors can help you with your search –
more voices are better than one.
- Continually expand your personal
network. Use online social networking sites like LinkedIn or Networking for Professionals. This is a great way to connect with professionals in your
- Subscribe to groups. Some online
groups can link you to job openings or current trends through twitter,
texting, or emails. For example, construction management majors can learn
about vacancies through twitter at: http://twitter.com/GetCMJobs.
- Acquire more networking tips via our
online networking video.