Campus Career Center
Your campus’ Career Center is a good place to start. Career Center provides various services such as critiquing and improving your resume and cover letter, conducting mock interviews and publishing your resume in their database. It also helps matching your profile with the employer’s need. If the career center finds that your profile matches the job requisition from the employer, it will contact the employer, so they can arrange an interview with you.
Do not forget to post your resume on your career center’s website, and check the job opening in the website every so often.
Campus Career Fair
Most US colleges / universities are having career fair two or three times a year; some are having more than that. Big colleges / universities are having the career fair for each academic department. That way, both the students and the employers are more concentrated or more focus.
The benefit of attending a career fair is that you have the opportunity to meet with your potential employer. You can make a good impression, ask question, and give your resume directly to the employer. If you are lucky, you might get an interview offer at the career fair itself.
If you believe that your professors have a good impression on you, and you maintain a good relationship with him / her, don’t hesitate to approach your professor when you are looking for a job. Your professor might know somebody in the industry that has a job opening.
The benefit of this approach is that your professor automatically gives you recommendation to the potential employer, and it will create a good first impression on you.
Companies where you had internships with
If you enjoy your internship experience, you might want to contact your previous employers and see if they have a full-time job opening. The benefit of this approach is that the employer already knows you and you already know the employer. In another word, you already build a networking with your potential employer. You can bypass the human resource and directly contact your potential manager. That way, your chance of getting the job is bigger.
On-line Job Search Engine
Using on-line job search engines is the most common way to look for a job here in the US. There are many dot com companies provide this service. Please have a look at our useful link to find some job search engines.
You can post your resume in these websites to let the employer finds you. However, you have an option to submit your resume and also your cover letter in each of the job opening. It is advisable for you to do so because it will increase the chance that the employer will read your resume.
These job search engine websites will transfer your resume, your cover letter, and your other personal data to the employer. If the employer likes your profile, they will arrange an interview with you.
If you are interested to work in a particular company, you can directly go to the company’s website, and find the link to the career section. In the career section, you will see if the company has job openings that correspond with your profile. If so, you can apply directly from that website.
Your application will be filtered by the human resource department before it goes to the user (potential manager). If it passed the human resource’s screening, the human resource will contact the potential manager. If the potential manager likes your profile, he / she will ask the human resource to arrange an interview with you.
Job hunter is an individual or a company which sole purpose is helping an employer to find an employee and helping you to find a job. Normally, a job hunter will get a commission from the employer. Therefore, you don’t have to pay to use its service. However, you should confirm it with the job hunter to make sure that you don’t need to pay.
Consultant is also an individual or a company that help you to find a job. Other than only helping you to find a job, some consultants offer other services, such as improving your resume or providing you training, which is more relevant to the job. Unlike in the case of job hunter, normally you need to pay a consultant for its services. Some consultants charge you a one-time pay in advance, some others charge you a percentage of your pay for a certain period of time. You should make clear of this payment term with your consultant if you hire one.
Family / Friends
You should not forget your family or friends when you are looking for a job. They are your closest “ally”, and sometime they offer you more help than any other sources explained above. If you have a family or friend who is currently working or even the retired ones, you can ask their help to inform you if there is an opening in his / her company. You can also ask if they could forward your resume to the respective manager. If they know your educational or working experience, most likely they will say good things about you in front of the manager, and it will create a good impression on you.