Find a Job or Internship
- Preparing for a Career Fair Outlines reasons to attend career fairs, what you should expect, tips for preparation, and suggestions for what to do at and after the fair.
- Professional Associations Professional associations are a great resource for career information and networking. This document provides tips for finding and contacting associations.
- Researching Organizations Essential to a successful job search is gathering information about the organization for which you hope to work. Included in this document are resources for engaging in this research.
There are many ways to find a job opening:
- Word of mouth: Often, the best way to get a job is through someone you know. Build your network of professional contacts through experiential research. Treat every academic course and every job as opportunities to make friends who can help you out later. Contacting IU alumni through the IU Alumni Directory can also be a great way to find openings. You may also use online networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and My Space to get the word out about your job or internship search.
- Career fairs: Distribute your resume, see, and be seen. The IU career centers work together to find employers interested in IU students. The organizations who come to a career fair have invested time and money to talk to you. Even if you don't find a position, you may be able to make some contacts.
- Online job boards: You can often find positions on an online job board, and geography ceases to be an impediment to your search. Even if you're not actively looking, posting a resume and using an automatic search agent require very little effort. On the down side, you face a lot of competition and don't get to hone your resume for a particular company. IU students have access to several subscription-only job listings and there are dozens of job search sites in our web link library. IUCareers.com is better than most; it's administered by the university, open only to IU students, and used only by companies who want to hire IU students.
- Direct contact: If you want to work for a particular organization, check their web site's human resources page. Often, open positions are posted online. IU, for example, has its own JobsIU site. Unfortunately, just because a position is posted does not always mean it's competitive. Some jobs are posted only to satisfy policy requirements. Alternately, you can send a letter of inquiry that explains your qualifications and expresses an interest in working for that organization.
- Professional associations: Professional associations often post job openings on their web site or newsletter. To find a relevant association, check the Encyclopedia of Associations and National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States in the Career Resource Library. Attending association events is also a very good way to build your professional network.
- Newspaper job listings: Some organizations still advertise in the paper. Newspapers' online job listings can be handy for a long-distance job search as well.
Visit the jobs and internships section of our web site for more links, tips, and the library catalog search.