Job Search Links

CES staff members can help you develop a targeted job search action plan that fits with your interests and goals.

General Web Resources
Non-Profit Organizations
Government Agencies
Industry-Specific Resources
Employer Web Pages
Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network
Social Networking
Professional Associations
Chambers of Commerce
Staffing Agencies
Salary Calculators
Employer Research

General Web Resources
Job posting sites abound online. Generalized sites may be helpful in your job search if you have a clear idea of what you're seeking. The following list includes selected general sites as a starting point:

Career Builder and Monster are large national job posting sites. Tip: Use advanced search tools to narrow down by level of experience and education.

Experience features national job postings targeting college students.

Indeed.com and SimplyHired aggregate postings from multiple sites.

One Day One Job lists a new and unique entry level job for recent college grads each day. For example, one week, jobs were posted for: Murphy-Goode Winery, POLITICO, Bungie, Pier 1 Imports, Reasoning Mind, The Bronx Defenders, and Howcast.

Part-time, summer, seasonal job search information and links

Niche sites: Organizations may skip posting on general sites in favor of sites whose focus and direction are relevant to the employer's mission. This helps recruiters target applicants with a specific interest in the field, such as non-profit or government agencies, and various industries:

Non-Profit Organizations
Idealist is a comprehensive site related to non-profit work including jobs, internships, volunteer information and more.

Government Agencies
City, County, and other public sector work: GovernmentJobs.com
Washington State: Careers.wa.gov
Federal:
USA Jobs
CIA.gov
FBIjobs.gov
Department of State

Industry-Specific Examples
New Scientist is a well-established database of science-related positions.

Musical Chairs: Looking for a career in music performance—instrument or vocal—or want to work in administrative roles connected to music? (This link was discovered on a professional association website affiliated with music careers.)

Ocean Careers provides information about jobs and internships and also includes links to a large number of other resources. (A search of "marine biology, jobs" brought us to a college with a marine biology department and great links, including this one.)

Wine Jobs features an online job board of jobs specifically for the wine industry. (This page was found using a google search with the keywords "wine jobs.")

Green Jobs info and links

Employer Web Pages
Employers may post job listings on their own website, and may only list them for a limited amount of time. If a particular employer interests you, visit their website often to review it for listings.

Most employers have a "careers," "jobs," or "employment" section on their website. Sometimes it's located in the "About us" section and other times it's listed at the very bottom of the page.

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network
Puget Sound alumni stand ready to assist you with your job search! Alumni can be valuable mentors and resources as you work to target niche websites, professional associations, and employers of interest.

Interested in connecting with employees at a particular employer? Search the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network to see if any Puget Sound alumni are working for that organization. As part of your employer research, you could contact ASK members to learn more about the organization, and seek their advice.

Alumni were once Puget Sound students who have now successfully transitioned to the world of work and are interested in helping you do the same. Log in via CES' exclusive resources page to access the ASK Network.

Social/Professional Networking
LinkedIn.com is a way to build your professional network, create an online version of your resume, look for jobs, and research companies. Here's a guide to help you get started.

Professional Associations
All professions have affiliated professional associations, which can be excellent resources for learning about career fields. Some associations hold local meetings where members connect to learn about important trends in their field and to network. Tapping into professional associations is an important way to delve into niche job searching.

To find organizations, visit Career Cruising via CES' exclusive resources page or visit CES in Howarth 101 to review our Directory of National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States.

If you decide to join a professional association, check to see if a student discount for membership is offered. Some examples of professional associations include:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Wind Energy Association

International Interior Design Association

Public Relations Society of America (and their South Puget Sound Chapter)

Society for Human Resource Management

Society for Technical Communication (and their Puget Sound Chapter)

Independent Colleges of Washington
Puget Sound, as an independent Washington college, is affiliated with the ICW. This site posts internship and career opportunities with Washington employers who support higher education.

Chambers of Commerce
Targeting a specific geographic region in your job search? If so, the local Chamber of Commerce could be an excellent resource for identifying employers. Most Chambers of Commerce maintain a local business directory that could help you get started in your search. Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

Staffing Agencies
Recruiting and staffing agencies connect qualified applicants to temporary and permanent positions with local and national employers. Here are a few that regularly attend the Career Fair to recruit Puget Sound students:

Aerotek offers temporary and permanent placement services for nearly every major industry.

Another Source often has positions appropriate for seekers who are new to the job market.

CampusPoint focuses on postitions for recent college graduates.

Salary Calculators

Salary.com

CareerBuilder

Employer Research
If you’re looking for information about prospective employers, there are a variety of resources to consider. Review an organization’s annual report, check out the “About Us” section of their website, or connect with people working at those organizations to learn more about the culture (use the ASK Network to find Puget Sound alumni working at a variety of organizations). There are also some general websites that provide information about companies, industries, and professions:

Glassdoor provides reviews of employers, salary information, tips on interviewing by company and more.

Vault Career Intelligence includes sections on corporate responsibility (green, diversity, leadership development, and pro bono programs) and salary information.

Wet Feet complements employer information with industry information and career profiles. Company overviews provide information about revenue, staffing and more.