Finding Opportunities & Employers

Find opportunities for internships, gap experiences, and professional positions using the advice and links below

To conduct an effective job search, we recommend defining your preferred industries and potential employers. Begin by focusing your defined search on two factors – geographic location and labor trends in your targeted industry.

  1. Geographic Location.
    Examine the realistic opportunities in the cities/states/countries that you are interested in.

Resources to use for specific cities –

Resources to use for specific states –

  • Fortune 500 List of Employers listed by state
  • Google search the type of organization for the specific state, for example – “Top NonProfit Organizations in TN”

Resources to use for all other locations –

  • Utilize GoinGlobal© through the Career Center Resources in Handshake.
  • TransitionsAbroad is a great website for exploring a wide range of opportunities.

Other Resources  –

To conduct an effective job search, we recommend defining your preferred industries and potential employers. Begin by focusing your defined search on two factors – geographic location and labor trends in your targeted industry.

Research top employers in your targeted career field. Look closely to find labor trends and economic growth indicators.
Resources to use –

  • Utilize the list of Professional Association and Job Search Links found under “What can I do with this major?” 
  • Google Professional Associations in your field and access employer list through “Career Center” or “Job Postings” link. Note: Some associations may require a student membership fee to access these resources.
  • Google O*NET Online and Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Search on your career field or targeted position to click on job outlook and employment trends.
  • Google Top Employers for your field, for example, –“Industry leaders in Biotechnology.”

Searching for jobs can be daunting. There seem to be an abundance of websites to help, but job search can spin out of control quickly if you don’t have a strategy in place. As we recommended, pick your focus – geographic location or preferred industry – and begin your search with that criteria. Now… which websites to use?

When targeting a preferred industry or preferred employers, go right to the employer’s career link and search positions through their HR system. Almost all employers will have an online application system where you will establish a login, complete the application, and upload your cover letter, resume and list of references.

When targeting a geographic location, online resources typically fall into 2 categories – job boards or job aggregators.

Job aggregators act like Google’s search engine–crawling hundreds, if not thousands of sites, to find open job listings, and displaying them in query results, using an algorithm to determine which appear first.

Job boards, only post jobs on behalf of the companies who come to them looking to advertise jobs online.

  • GlassdoorThis site is a job board with a twist. In addition to job postings, they offer a large database of company reviews submitted by employees to give job seekers insights into a company’s work conditions, interview processes, salaries, and benefits. Read reviews with a “grain of salt”.
  • LinkedIn This top networking site is a job board that enables you to find jobs through your extended network. Additionally, you can join groups, participate in conversations, and follow companies you find interesting and relevant to your job search.
  • ZipRecruiterAside from being a job search engine, we have a wonderful collection of content that is strictly educational, all of which are completely free of charge to share or reference any way you consider useful. ZipRecruiter Salary Calculator & ZipRecruiter Job Market Insights & Resource Hub
  • Monster
  • CareerBuilder
  • Job.com 
  • WayUp

Non-Profit Job Boards to check out:

Whether using a job board or job aggregator, most sites have developed ways for you to save your searches, receive email alerts, and upload your resume. Use all of the services offered, as long as they are FREE!

Considering an alternative or “gap” experience? Whatever your motivation, gap experiences can be life-changing! Do you want something structured or freewheeling? Do you want to climb a mountain or work with children?  Is this a time to work in a lab or volunteer at an animal hospital? Would you like to become fluent in a language, understand the inner workings of health care, or meet decision-makers in Washington, D.C.? You can do all those and more on a gap.

Use this action plan & mind map exercise to explore your motivations for pursuing gap experiences.

Find a list of Gap Experiences here

  • MYTH: “Gap experiences last a year.”
    • Fact – A gap experience can be whatever length works with your plan. It could be 3-6 months of work and travel, interning, or participation in a political campaign or community service program.
  • MYTH: “Gap experiences are exotic.”
    • Fact – The largest percentage of students taking gap year experiences spent their time in the US. Gap experiences range from teaching, advocacy, community engagement, conservation/environment, study abroad and many more options you can investigate.
  • MYTH: “Gap experiences are a resume killer”
    • Fact – Actually, gap experiences provide opportunities to gain a wide range of new skills and achieve successes/ overcome challenges you may not face in other circumstances. It may give you the time you need to further explore your interests and develop a deeper purpose for your future.
  • MYTH: “Gap experiences are out of reach financially.”
    • Fact – Many programs offer stipends, fellowships, housing, and other support. Each opportunity is different and it’s important to research the financial support available before assuming that a gap experience is not viable.
  • Myth: “Gap experiences are for college grads who are burnt out, unmotivated or unsure about their career path.”
    • Fact – Whether you spend the year traveling, volunteering, working, or all three, participants who have completed a gap year are often revitalized and ready for the next stage of their career. Gap years are full of endless options for people from every background and vocation — you just have to find the opportunity that best fits you.

Gap Experience Myths – Busted! – see the full article here: https://guidedpath.net/the-myths-about-gap-years/