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CMU utilizes Handshake, a top online resource, to help connect students to employers and opportunities. Whether you are looking for an on-campus job, internship, part-time job, 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!

Networking Through Career Services and Your Department

If you are unable to find a job which meets your needs as a student, Career Services recommends that you stop by our office and look at our job board! If nothing catches your eye, we recommend talking to  professors within your department and seeing if they are aware of any current internships, jobs, or research opportunities regarding your major. Having a strong networking relationship with those within your academic department can lead to the best job opportunities, even when you are not in school!

On-Campus Recruiting (OCR)

OCR provides the opportunity for students and alumni to attend employer information meetings, participate in employer interviews, or meet and talk with employers at a hallway table in the University Center. Employers visit the CMU campus to speak with or recruit students and alumni concerning their employment opportunities.

Methods for employers to recruit on campus include:

  • Job postings
  • Hallway tables
  • Campus interviewing
  • Information meetings

Students and alumni are alerted of employer visits through the Career Services Upcoming Events website and by emails sent to their MAVzone ema

 

Joining Professional Organizations in your Career Path

Googling can 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. Through these organizations, you may be able to make connections and network for a job.

Additional websites to help you in your job search:

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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 and make 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.