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When should I start looking?

Start your job search at least the semester before you graduate or before you are looking to do the internship.  Some companies recruit as far as a year in advance.  If you are not in school start looking about 3-6 months before you need the job.  You do not want to miss out on an opportunity because you were not aware of the deadlines.  

What should I do first?

Use our resume and cover letter guide and samples to help you craft documents that are strong marketing tools.  Having a weak cover letter and resume will most certainly prevent you from getting an interview.  Before applying for a job make sure you have had someone review both documents.    Also make sure you have strong interview skills.

What method is the best to find a job?

The most effective way to find a job/internship is to utilize all resources available.  Relying on only one method will decreases your chances of getting an interview.  Applying to as many positions as possible will increase your chances of getting an interview, which in turn increases your chance for a job offer. The most successful students are those that are resourceful and not only use the resources given to them but that also find resources on their own.

What are the different ways of searching for a job?

Career Services: For a current student, graduating student or alumni using your college’s career services office is one of the most effective means for finding a job.  The Magner Center for Career Development and Internships maintains a listing of hundreds of internships, part time and full time positions on the website HireBC.

Job Fairs:  Attend any and all job fairs in your area.  The Magner Center host a job fair each semester and often has listings of additional job fairs in New York.  We also host workshops to help you prepare for the job fair.  Make sure to review our How to Make a Job Fair Work for You Quick Reference to ensure you are prepared.  You often only get a few minutes to meet with a recruiter so make that time count.  Treat the event as though it was an interview.  Here are some places you can find out about fairs in your area , and . You can also use Google to find targeted job fairs such as industry specific or minority focused.

Networking: Make sure that everyone you know is aware that you are looking for a job.  Even if you think they do not have any contacts, the more people that are helping you “look” for jobs the increased chances of hearing of potential opportunities.  Contact previous employers, professors, family members etc to see what contacts they may have or opportunities they may be aware of.  Our networking handout will give ideas on how to build your network.  Use social networking sites such as facebook,linkedin or meetup.  Participate in the Alumni Mentor program through the Magner Center.

Internet: Using the major job posting websites does lead to interviews.  Again you have to be persistent and use as many websites as possible. We post positions/internships on from companies specifically trying to recruit Brooklyn College students and alumni.  Review our list of sites that post internships and entry level jobs.  The lists we provide are comprehensive but not exhaustive.  Another way to find positions and job search sites in your field is to use search engines such as google to type in key words such as Human resources jobs in New York, entertainment jobs or marketing internships etc. Or use , which searches multiple websites and posts the results.

LinkedIn: By far the most business-oriented of the large social media sites, LinkedIn is a network of professionals who connect according to common industry, geography, specialties, career goals, ideas, and more. Used correctly, it conveys the same information as a good resume and establishes an entire host of relationships that cannot be targeted using traditional job search methods.

Professional Associations: You can find a professional association to join by searching on the Internet.  Associations often list internship and job opportunities and also host events to enable individuals to network.  A membership in an association is an effective method of expanding your networking contacts (they organize many conferences, lectures and job fairs). Many of the association web sites include employment listings, resume databases or links to other career resources.  They are also a great source for learning more about a career or industry.

Company Websites: Go directly to company websites to get information as well as post your resume.  They sometimes will keep your resume in their database for future consideration if nothing is currently available. Companies do not always post their jobs on the job search websites. Use Fortune's 500, the Vault (access through the online services channel on the portal), collegegrad's top employers,  top companies for women, top companies for minorities or top companies to work for to develop a list of companies you can target.

Student Organizations/Academic Departments:  If you are currently in school join a student organization and go to your academic department.  These two sources often have events and listings of opportunities.

Search Firms/Personnel agencies: If you have work experience you can often use a headhunter or search firm. Search firms often staff individuals for management, professional and technical positions.   Personnel agencies usually staff individuals for entry level clerical to senior management positions. 

Temp Agencies: If you are having trouble finding a full time job, consider a temporary position. Temp positions keep your resume current while searching and can sometimes turn into something permanent.