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Job Search

Job Search Strategies Slide Show


The Sacramento State University Career Center offers this presentation to all students regarding searching for jobs. It is a wonderful resource for all to review and use as a guide to beginning their search for employment.

Job Searching Resources and Strategies

There are many strategies you can use in your job search. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.

Job Listing Sources

One method of job search is to systematically review online resources that post current openings. Enter keyword and geographic location.              

  • Indeed-
  • Simply Hired-
  • Monster-
  • Jobster-
  • Get the Job-
  • JET-X- Job postings for engineering and computer science


Transition Experiences

Sometimes students choose/need to have a transition experience that can provide additional skills and knowledge to help them get the job they want in the future.  Examples of these transition experiences include volunteering, survival jobs, and internships.

Volunteer Match, This organization offers a variety of online services to connect individuals with nonprofit agencies, volunteer opportunities and business leaders committed to community involvement.
Non-Profit Resource Center of Sacramento, . Nonprofit Resource provides resources and helps to improve the management of nonprofit organizations, primarily within California’s northern Central Valley and Sierra Nevada regions.
Idealist, Finds people, nonprofit organizations, groups, jobs, volunteer opportunities, events, and more, nationally and internationally.


The art of developing and maintaining contacts who may be helpful in your career development.  Begin with friends, family, fellow students, alumni, past supervisors, co-workers, professors, neighbors, and community members.

Develop your own “1 minute commercial”- a brief description of the type of position you are interested in as well as the skills you would like to utilize. Share this networking statement with your contacts to determine if they know of any openings that match your interests or if they can refer you to an individual who works within your field of interest.
Utilize social and professional networking sites like,,
These sites can be useful tools to connect with people and learn about industries or specific job openings.

Potential Job Openings

Some jobs you are interested in may not be advertised. These jobs are part of the “hidden job market.”  Employers look for candidates to fill current or anticipated vacancies, to work on new projects or to help in a particular area.

Contact organizations of interest to assess whether there are any job openings (i.e., cold calling). Determine the marketable skills you would like to communicate to the employer. Use Yellow Pages ( or a Google search to locate jobs or job sites that match your skillset. (e.g., recreation jobs).

Creative Job Search Approaches

Some students may use nontraditional approaches to find internships or jobs that combine their interests.

Identify companies that relate to your interests. For a student that enjoys snowboarding, a helpful strategy could be to gather a list of snowboard manufacturing companies through an online search (Google).
Sometimes students are able to combine a special class project with a career interest.  For example, students who design a marketing plan for a class and then propose it to a company of interest may receive a job offer.

​Trade and Professional Associations

Associations are groups of people who share a similar background in a particular career area. These groups often publish newsletters, career information and articles containing pertinent information about their field.

These associations are a great way to meet individuals in your field and most offer discounted student membership rates. Ask your networking contacts about the association to which they belong.

Third Party Recruiters

These agencies or organizations refer individuals for temporary, temporary-to-permanent, contract, or direct hire part-time and full-time job opportunities. Search online for local staffing agencies and third party recruiters. Consider those agencies that charge no fee to the job seeker and are 100% employer paid.