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Beginning your job search process

Explore career interests and goals

Meet with a UD ACCESS advisor for career exploration and assessments

  • Identify your career interests and goals.
  • Evaluate your strengths and transferable skills and how these may benefit employers.
  • Consider your preferences for a work environment (i.e. geographic location, hours, industry).
  • Contact UD’s ACCESS Center to learn more or to make an appointment, access-advise@udel.edu or 302-831-7600.

Online career advice and information


Gather career and industry-specific information

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics resources

  • Career Guide to Industries (CGI)—research occupations by different industries and get information regarding training and advancement, earnings, expected job prospects and working conditions.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)—search by specific careers and view information regarding training, education, earnings, expected job outlook, working conditions and day-to-day responsibilities for different occupations. OOH is revised every two years.

Professional organizations

Sites maintained by career-specific professional organizations are geared toward practicing professionals and provide information for individuals interested in entering the fields. These sites are useful for learning about a profession, networking with others, and often list employment opportunities.

 

Utilize online job search sites

General sites

  • CareerBuilder.com—one of the largest databases of current job postings
  • Indeed.com—free access to jobs from a number of sources
  • Monster.com—one of the largest databases of current job postings
  • Flipdog.com—large database of jobs and career development tools
  • Snagajob.com—postings for hourly jobs: full-time, part-time, and seasonal
  • TheLadders.com—job matching service to help professionals connect with recruiters and employers
  • Beyond.com—current postings for jobs nationwide, as well as articles and resources
  • USAJOBS.gov—current job postings within the U.S. Federal Government
  • Simplyhired.com—searches job openings across the web
  • America’s Job Bank—links to employment offices within each state and provides practical information for the job search process
  • ReferenceUSA—provides detailed information on 14 million US businesses so individuals may identify and research companies of interest

Regional sites

Industry-specific sites

  • Chronicle of Higher Education —resource for current job openings within higher education
  • Dice.com—resource for job openings within technology professions
  • eFinancialCareers.com—resource for job openings within finance and financial services
  • HEALTHeCAREERS.com—resource for jobs within the health care/medical field
  • HealthCareerWeb.com—resource for jobs within the health care industry
  • Idealist.org—resource for jobs, internships, and volunteer work in nonprofit sector
  • Mashable.com—resource for social media, marketing, technology, advertising, design, development, and public relations jobs throughout the United States
  • OpportunityKnocks.org—resource for job openings within nonprofit sector
  • SocialService.com—resource for social service jobs throughout the United States

Network with others

  • LinkedIn.com—provides a professional network where individuals connect to contacts to exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities