Career/Job Research Strategies

Researching/searching for a professional job can be very time consuming and extensive. The information on this page is meant to provide a starting place to a basic strategy for searching for professional jobs at the national and local levels.

Check out this guide to getting hired:


CMU utilizes Handshake, a top online resource, to help connect alumni to employers and opportunities. Whether you are looking for a post graduate internship, a part-time or full-time job, Handshake can help. The more you do in Handshake, the smarter it gets. The more the system knows about you, the better able it is to deliver relevant up-to-date content directly to your feed. Log in early and often as new opportunities are constantly being added. When registering for your free account you have three options (as an alumni/job seeker, employer and/or mentor). Complete your free CMU Alumni Handshake profile by clicking the icon below, and start looking for all the great opportunities available for you. 


Web Sites

Use search engines such as Google and Yahoo to help you find job posting sites and organizations that match the industry/career area you are interested in pursuing. For example, try a Google search for the occupation you are interested such as "geology jobs in Colorado" You can also add the word "association" or "society" and you will most likely discover an organization where people with similar interests can be found. Associations and societies in your career area often have job postings or connections you can use--see our What to do with a major pages for more associations and societies links.

Additional websites to help you in your job search:

Resources for researching employers:

Some options after graduation:

Organizing Your Job Search

It is important that you keep a record of your job search process. A spreadsheet is a great place to document the following information: company name, date you applied, names of contact people, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of interviews, etc. It is recommended that you keep a copy of the resume, cover letter and any other documents sent to each employer so when you go to the interview you can speak to the information you provided them. Setting up folders on your computer labeled with the employer's name is the easiest way to store the documents sent for application.

Receiving an Interview

If you are not receiving interviews when you apply for positions, consider revamping your resume and cover letter. Email it to Career Services and we will critique it, making suggested changes. Perhaps you need to enhance your resume by obtaining relevant experience through part-time or volunteer work. While some jobs may pay you well they may not be building your skills toward making you more employable.

Surviving a layoff

Sometimes job loss occurs because of company layoffs and you may find yourself unexpectedly unemployed. What are some strategies for moving forward? recently released an easy to follow guide for surviving layoffs: