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Effective Job and Internship Search Strategies

In some ways, identifying open jobs and internships is fairly easy. The majority of people seeking jobs and internships rely on the obvious resources: websites posting opportunities, newspaper classifieds, and job boards on company websites.  However, you should ask yourself the question, “Why do so many people use these resources?” It’s because they’re convenient. For this reason, it’s important to understand that every time you use these same resources, so are thousands of others. That means you are competing against that many other applicants! This convenience leads to frustration when progress in the job or internship search is limited.  

Finding jobs and internships will take effort on your part – go online, check out any reputable article, blog, or instruction on searching for jobs/internships and it will confirm that an effective search is not convenient or easy; opportunities will not fall in your lap unless you create them.

The best search strategies are those that reduce your competition. Career and Academic Planning offers programs and resources that help JMU students effectively conduct their job/ internship search.

Tools We Offer
  • Handshake is James Madison University’s online career services management system that provides JMU students access to over 200,000 positions, and on-campus interviews for jobs and internships.
  • Vault is a great resource for exploring career fields and job titles that interest you. You can research industries to learn more about a field, or view profiles of different professions to learn what a typical day would be like in the life of a job you're considering.
Websites to Help with Your Job or Internship Search
  • Find Positions by Major: Job/internship boards specific to your major or field.
  • Find Positions by City: Find jobs and internships in a particular city. This page also includes suggestions for job hunting in the Harrisonburg area.
  • General Search Engines: These comprehensive job and internship posting sites can be helpful with any search.
  • Work or Study Abroad: Resources for those interested in jobs or internships overseas including GoinGlobal, which provides country-specific career and employment information, including worldwide internship and job postings, H1B VISA employer listings, corporate profiles, and more!
  • Internships and Summer Jobs: Browse internships, summer jobs, and other short-term opportunities.
  • Federal Jobs & Internships: With over 2.5 million civilian employees, the federal government is the largest employer in the United States! In order to succeed in this specialized job market, make sure that you know how to effectively conduct a federal search and get hired!
  • Campus Opportunities: Part-time jobs and volunteering on campus and in the Harrisonburg area
Resources for Diverse Student Communities
Networking to Find a Position

Networking is more than just meeting people or “schmoozing”. Networking gives you access to information that’s not always available to the general public. This lifelong skill is about talking to most anyone (friends, family, employers, colleagues, etc.), having conversations regarding the information you seek, and tapping into the “hidden job market”.

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