What does this button do? Making the most of your job search account
March 29, 2012
At the beginning of each term, students upload an updated resume and unblock their job search account to apply to co-op, internship, part-time and full-time job postings. In addition to hitting the “Apply” button, are you getting the most use out of your job search account? Here are a few ECS tools within your job search account that you can use to maximize your efforts:
- Shortcuts: These are not fillers for our front page; they’re really effective tools for your job search outside of ECS! Resources like us.jobs and indeed.com are aggregate websites that scour the Internet for job postings – the Google-like results of these search engines take you directly to the job posting on the employer’s web page, which is convenient and saves time.
- NACE Salary Calculator: Does your job application ask that you provide a “Desired Salary”? In every single job posting in your job search account, there’s a gray box with the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Salary Calculator link where you can find out your potential salary based on the state, region, job title, and level of education. This way—if the employer asks—you have a legitimate figure instead of making one up.
- Employers: This is a list of all employers ECS has worked with since 2003. Use the “Industry” drop down menu to see who’s hired your major by selecting “Majors hired – (your major)” which narrows the list down to companies you’ll likely be most interested in. Next, try running a Keyword search of your interests within your major (i.e. a Mechanical Engineering major might try “energy systems” if they are particularly interested in that subject) to further narrow down the list of companies. The companies in the employers tab are ones that ECS has preexisting relationships with. Even if a company isn’t actively recruiting with ECS, their website will be linked so that you can visit it and apply to jobs there. NOTE: You can also mark employers as “Favorites” to quickly refer to them in the “Favorite Employers” tab within this section to quickly find the ones you want to remember.
- Events: For career fairs, instead of spending two hours of life highlighting companies looking for students with your qualifications, you can make the computer do it for you! Just click on Events, then click the career fair you’re attending (EXPO or SWE), then the “Advanced Search” tab to filter out the companies that are hiring for your major and the type of position you’re looking for. In Events, you can also read more about Info Sessions and RSVP for upcoming events (since they often cap at a certain number, you’ll want to be on the list to attend!). You can also see Workshops being offered by ECS staff members and visiting employers in this tab.
On the ECS website, make sure you’re utilizing resources under the "Job Search Resources" link to help with your search, too!
“When every physical and mental resource is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.”
-Norman Vincent Peale
Authored by Jena Pugh.