Important Information about Job & Internship Postings
Career and Employment Services provides employers the opportunity to post full-time, part-time, internship, temporary, and summer positions as a service to Puget Sound students and employers. CES does not formally evaluate or screen opportunities listed in LoggerJobs and/or InternshipLink. Some of the opportunities listed are submitted by employers while others have been found by a CES staff member through web searching. Students are encouraged to appropriately investigate each opportunity.
Because there are risk factors and other important individual points of consideration, students are urged to perform due diligence when applying for or accepting any off-campus employment. Gathering information is vital to assessing whether an opportunity is legitimate, a good match for you, or the type or employer you’re interested in working for.
Use Internet searches to gather information
- What comes up when you conduct a basic Internet search on the organization?
- Search with the organization name, plus the word "complaints" or "scam" to see if they returns any results.
- Visit Google Maps to see if the organization has a physical address and where it is located.
- Use the Better Business Bureau to see if organizations or charities have any consumer complaints against them.
Talk to people working for that organization
Informational interviews can help you learn if an organization is a good fit before you consider applying for a position. Use your network or connect with Puget Sound alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network.
Use your interview to gather information
It is important to research the organization prior to arriving at an interview. A few questions you could ask your prospective employer to determine if the position/organization is a good fit include:
- What type of training and on-going professional development do you offer new staff members?
- An orientation followed by training and professional development signify that an employer is committed to helping you transition to your new role and is invested in your growth (which is also beneficial to the organization).
- What do you like best about working for this organization?
- Pay attention to what your interviewer says. Note how their response aligns with what you’re looking for in an organization.
- What are the biggest challenges you face?
- Attend to non-verbal cues which may indicate that the speaker is not revealing something.
Research your rights and responsibilities as an applicant and employee
City of Tacoma Human Rights & Human Services Department provides a wide variety of information on topics including employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), local events related to these topics and more.
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Workplace Rights offers information on wages, breaks & schedules, pay requirements, complaints/discrimination in the workplace and more.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides information relating to discrimination in the workplace including equal employment opportunity laws, discriminatory practices (including sexual harassment) and more.