Thomas Jefferson graduates are highly sought after by top companies and nonprofit organizations. With the help of the professional in the Marianne Able Career Services, we encourage students to develop a job-search strategy to help make the job search shorter, more manageable, and much more rewarding.
- Use the Career Services Center's job and internship database, Handshake. Using Handshake first allows you to find opportunities that were posted by employers who have an interest in Thomas Jefferson students and alumni.
- Use job/employment websites that search the internet for positions based on keywords that the user plugs into the search box. They can be general search sites like SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com.
- Make a list of companies and positions that you are interested in working at/in and learning more about. Having this focused list will allow you to keep track of your progress within the job search and application process.
- Networking is vital for a job seeker’s success. 70% of all positions are filled by word of mouth. To learn more about how to incorporate networking into your job search, read the networking and informational interviewing guides (PDF).
- Identify the job function and industry you’re interested in, the type of company you’d like to work for, and your ideal location.
- Develop a list of target companies you want to apply to. Use Occupational Outlook Handbook; Plunkett Research; and LinkedIn to find companies of interest.
- Once you’ve formulated your strategy and have an idea of how you’re going to approach your job search, take advantage of the resources at your fingertips and most importantly use your network.
*Note: Resources accessed from off-campus connections may need to log in using their individual Jefferson username/password
- CollegeGrad.com is the #1 entry-level job site, with extensive information on careers, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, salary information, employer research, and entry-level job postings.
- Plunkett Research Online - Industry and company research
- Glassdoor.com - Tool used to research jobs, salary, and interview questions for positions and companies
- GoinGlobal - International careers and country-specific guide
- Philadelphia Creative Guide - Local design companies
- O*NET Online
- Bizjournal - Philadelphia Business Directory
- Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia - Directory of Philadelphia businesses committed to sustainability
- U.S. Chambers of Commerce - Chamber member directory
- Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce