Preparing for your job search
Job search timeline
It is likely that your job search will take a little bit longer than you might expect, and it is important to have realistic expectations. Check out what factors affect how long your job search will take.
Make yourself more hireable in just one week!
No matter what stage of the job search you are in, here are 7 simple ways you can boost your hireability this week.
Looking to get involved in startup businesses?
- Alumnus Jared Cohen '99 has Ten Tips For Getting a Startup (or almost any) Job
- Check out the Binghamton Startup List to see what business have been launched by Binghamton University graduates.
Helpful Tips and Articles
- How to Find a Job Quick Reference Guide provides strategies for finding openings and addresses multiple issues, including understanding what employers want and identifying what you have to offer.
- Looking for a Job in a Tough Economy Quick Reference Guide provides tips and encouragement for job seeking when jobs are scarce.
- Tips for a Successful Job Search Quick Reference Guide is a compilation of advice and wisdom from The Career Center Directors National Benchmarking Group, 2009.
- To help identify strengths and skills in preparation for your job search, we recommend Top Ten Strengths Exercise and Transferable Skills.
- You should also have prepared a well-written, targeted resume (or resumes) and learned how to write strong cover letters PRIOR to beginning your search.
- Launching an executive job search often requires new skills and techniques such as creating an attention-grabbing executive resume.
- hireBING: The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development web-based career management system, hireBING lists positions from across the country, with many in the Metro New York area. Alumni access to hireBING is free of charge - simply request an account on the Sign-in page.
- Networking: Through the Binghamton University Alumni Association Professional Network on LinkedIn, you can tap an expansive group of fellow alumni for networking. The Networking Quick Reference Guide provides more information on successful networking.
- Job Search Links: The Fleishman Career Center has also identified potentially helpful websites for your job search. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list nor does the career center endorse any of the sites posted. They are listed solely for your convenience.
- Short-Term Opportunities: It may also be helpful to explore term-of-service opportunities. These shorter-term assignments, generally one or two years in length (i.e. City Year or AmeriCorps), are a great way to gain skills and make contacts while giving back to the community.
- Sample listing of employers who have recently hired international students on CPT or OPT: This sample listing highlights all employers throughout the United States who have hired international students at Binghamton University.
- Salary: It is important to research salary prior to your job search so that you have realistic expectations of what your salary should be. Our collection of salary links may be helpful in determining fair pay in your career field. In addition, it is advisable to research salary in relation to your location, as cost of living expenses impact how much an employer is willing to pay.
- Relocating: Prior to relocating, it is important to learn about the community to which you may move. The Fleishman Career Center has identified numerous relocation links that you may find useful as you consider a move to an unfamiliar location.
- Ethics: Understand your rights and responsibilities throughout the job search process. Read Playing Fair ... Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker by the National Association of Colleges and Employers Principles for Professional Practice Committee
- Third-Party Recruiters: The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines third-party recruiters as "agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs." For tips on how to work effectively with these agencies, see A Student's Guide to Interviewing with Third-Party Recruiters.
- Do your research on the organizations you are considering applying too. A helpful website is the Better Business Bureau which enables you to determine if a business or charity is accredited by the BBB. Business which do have met the BBB Code of Business Practices. Part of this involves a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.
- Binghamton alumni offer career advice: Several accomplished Binghamton University graduates, who have remained connected to the University as alumni volunteers, give advice on how to get started in the working world and maximize the chances for success once established there. See a brief video.