Finding job opportunities
Preparing for the job search
Meet with a career counselor
- Merely considering a job search can produce anxiety, confusion and feelings of helplessness. You can help overcome this anxiety through preparation and planning. The big question is "Where do I start
?" To begin answering this question, simply make an appointment with one of our counselors for an individual meeting. Contact the MCC at 864-294-2106 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Our counselors can help you with:
Finding a career direction. It is not abnormal to be in a place of indecision about your career. Many students claim to "have no clue" what they want to do after graduation. Speak with a career counselor, and through career assessments, receive an analysis of your interests, preferences, likes, and dislikes. Results of the assessments show occupational fields and careers that align with your personality, interests, and skills.
Developing your individual job search plan. Together, you and a counselor can create a targeted approach to identifying career opportunities including online resources as well as utilizing the most successful job search strategy, networking (see below).
Creating your personal networking program. You should start by creating a list of family and friends to whom you can speak about your career goals and aspirations. Ask these people to refer you to other individuals or organizations that may be able to assist you. The Malone Career Center also has a list of professional societies and organizations in the area that meet on a regular basis. Many of these organizations welcome visitors and would be a great way to meet those working in the area of your professional interests. And very importantly, tap into the resources of the Alumni Association and the Furman Alumni Network housed in LinkedIn.com (see below).
Research shows that networking is the most effective way to locate career opportunities. In fact, employment studies show that more than two-thirds of jobs are in the "hidden job market." That is, they are not posted to the general job search sites or otherwise widely published. For this reason, networking becomes a crucial part of marketing yourself effectively.
To begin networking
-Talk to family, friends, professors, etc., and ask for referrals to others who might be able to offer assistance. Remember, when networking, your intent is not merely to have someone direct you to a specific job, but to other resources--either other individuals or organizations. Tell those with whom you network the type of positions you are interested in and ask them if they have any recommendations for either other people to talk to or employers to contact. Be sure to take advantage of these networking tools:
LinkedIn. A professional networking site. Check it out!
Furman Networking- The official online networking program for Furman University is housed in the LinkedIn website. To identify and correspond with Furman alumni, join the Furman University Alumni group and begin networking today! This site is for the exclusive use of Furman students and graduates.
Networking Business Cards - It is becoming increasingly more common for students to hand out networking business cards when looking for career opportunities. This link provides more information on content, format and purpose of these tools.
Paladin Job Board
- This is The Malone Career Center's job posting system used by employers seeking to hire recent and upcoming grads. If you are new to the system, follow the instructions from the User Guide
to register for a new account. Returning users may just enter their username and password.
On-Campus Recruiting - Numerous employers visit Furman's campus throughout the academic school year to recruit graduating seniors for their organization's entry-level positions. Employers will conduct information sessions, interviews, and other recruiting events here on campus. Attendance at the On-Campus Recruiting Workshop (check the Calendar of Events for dates and times) is helpful in learning how the program works. If you cannot attend the workshop, visit The Malone Career Center for information on how to participate.
Job search and career information websites
- Provides links to dozens of job posting websites.
Top 500 entry level employers
- a list of employers put together each year by CollegeGrad.com after researching the hiring trends and needs of employers.
- Employers send representatives to this event to network with students and begin identifying candidates for future hiring. For students this is one of the best ways to make contacts and gather information about outstanding career opportunities with the employers. Many Furman graduates have stated that attending this event led to a job upon graduation. You don't want to miss this. Free gifts and door prizes. Follow the link to learn more about the Career Fair and how to prepare for the event
South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Interview Day
- The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. (SCICU) consortium sponsors Interview Day during spring term. The even is held in Columbia and invites major employers from the region. To participate, you must register during fall term. Contact the Assistant Director of The Malone Career Center for more information and application deadlines.
- Links to diversity related job search and career information resources.