Your job search will be much more effective if you have a goal. If you are not sure what kind of position you want, contact the CDC and talk to one of our trained professionals.
There are two parts to the job market--the open job market and the hidden job market. The open job market consists of those jobs that are advertised and open to the public; the hidden job market consists of unadvertised opportunities. The majority of jobs are found in the hidden job market; only about 20 percent of positions are advertised. Networking is generally the best way to access the hidden job market.
Razorback CareerLink (RCL) is the UA's online electronic job management system that allows students and alumni to search for and apply to part-time, full-time jobs, internships and co-op positions. Employers use RCL to specifically search for and potentially hire U of A students and alumni.
To begin using the system, login at careerlink.uark.edu, enter your UA username and password. In order to begin searching for positions, be sure to update your profile and upload a resume. For more instructions on using the system please go to: http://career.uark.edu/template/RCL/ or call our office at (479) 575-2806; or email email@example.com
Consider using Resume Books to enhance your job search. A resume book is another job search tool that enables active job seekers to circulate their resumes within Razorback CareerLink to potential employers. By including your resume in a Resume Book, you are allowing interested employers to view your resume and contact you directly about jobs openings, information sessions, or interviews.
Employers sign up for Resume Book access and then manage each Resume Book online. They can view and download resumes, sort candidate lists by major, class level, applicant type and even do resume keyword searches. This helps them identify candidates for follow-up.
Click here for instructions on How to View Resume Books and Submit Your Resume
Job fairs are held at the beginning of the fall and spring semester. Spruce up your resume, dress professionally and attend the job fairs. Click here for dates of job fairs and lists of participating companies and organizations.
Use the Job Links on the CDC website for job websites for a variety of different majors.
Job advertisements are found in newspapers, professional organizations, journals and websites, company and organization websites, internet job banks, and other job websites.
Post your resume on-line with company websites, professional organizations in your field, and other on-line services.
Research and identify the top 10 -15 organizations you'd like to work for. Then, develop a tailored cover letter, locate the appropriate contact person, and mail your resume and cover letter to each organization on the list.
Many cities and towns in the United States have a chamber of commerce with a directory of local businesses where they list job listings, most of which can be found online.
The federal government is the largest employer in the United States, employing more than 2.6 million people. The federal government employs a wide variety of different majors ranging from art restoration to law enforcement to biology. Many federal agencies are scrambling to find new workers (the average federal employee is 46 years of age and two of every five are eligible to retire). Go to the main federal job website to see over 25,000 federal jobs listed. http://www.usajobs.gov/
Internships and co-ops are excellent networking opportunities and can lead to a permanent position. Join professional organizations and get involved in volunteer activities. Go to this website for more networking information. http://www.enetsc.com/JobSearchTips14.htm