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Job Search & Networking

Develop an action plan to successfully navigate your job search. Build and expand your network by cultivating connections with alumni and professionals. It can be intimidating to start job searching. Don’t let the pressure of your end goal keep you from taking small steps today. Utilize our Job Search Quick Start Guide and associated activity for tips on what steps to take first.

Top 3 Job Boards

Handshake

Discover new career paths, find amazing jobs and internships, and connect with great companies and non-profits on Handshake. The Malone Center’s new platform allows students to receive a personalized experience based on career interests. You can learn about signature events, make appointments with Career Advisors, and search thousands of opportunities—all in one place. View our Handshake Features Guide for more information.

Indeed

Indeed.com is the #1 job site in the world with over 250 million unique visitors every month. Indeed strives to put job seekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies. Every day Indeed connects millions of people to new opportunities.

LinkedIn

The “professional Facebook” of the working world: LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great resource to network, research companies of interest, locate informational interview contacts, and improve your personal brand. This free site opens the door to over 70 million professionals around the globe, representing 150 industries.

Need help with your LinkedIn and Handshake Profiles? Watch our Malone Center Webinar: ‘Updating Your LinkedIn And Handshake Profiles.’

Additionally, check out our LinkedIn Career Guides:

Industry Specific Job Boards

Handshake, LinkedIn, and Indeed provide a vast amount of job postings for all industries. To look at job boards that post specifically for the industry you want to work in, visit our career pathways page.

Networking Tips

Networking is building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships to develop career prospects, whether it is in-person, online, or both. It is one of the most important attributes of career success. 80% of jobs are not posted online but instead found through networking. This process takes grit, patience, and commitment. We’re here to help guide you through it! Read our networking tips, watch our webinar ‘Leveraging Your Furman Network: Success Stories From Furman Alumni’, and reference our alumni networking guide.

Another way to start developing your professional network is to connect with folks through Informational Interviews. These, usually brief, conversations are an opportunity for you to get to know more about a professional, a career field, or a company that you’re interested in pursuing and share your elevator pitch. Our Informational Interviewing Guide is a great resource to learn more about how to facilitate these conversations.

Finally, if you have connected with an employer through any Malone Center events throughout the year, make sure that you follow up with that connection on a regular basis. This allows you to be fresh in that connection’s mind and may lead to them thinking of you when they know of an available opportunity. To learn more about this process, check out our Guide To Following Up With An Employer.

Furman Professional Network

Want to meet with a member of the Furman alumni community about career trends, applying for graduate school, the job search process, work-life balance, or lessons learned?  We can assist in connecting you with professionals who can help answer your questions, and provide advice and guidance as you navigate the next steps along your career path.  Please complete this form to be connected with someone in the Furman community: Furman Professional Network Request Form

Student Employment

Gain valuable transferable skills through working on campus. Jobs are available in multiple Furman departments with a variety of responsibilities. Find a student job here.

Job Offer and Salary Negotiations

Once you have completed the job search and interview process, the next step involves negotiating your individual offer. The Malone Center is willing to advise students and alumni through this process. In the meantime, reference our Job Offer and Salary Negotiations Guide.

 

Have questions or need special accommodations to access this material? Email career.engagement@furman.edu