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 OCS at 864-294-2106 or career.services@furman.edu 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 Office of Career Services 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).

Job preparation workshops

These workshops offered during each term are designed to assist in your job search by providing information and teaching skills necessary in finding employment. We provide in-depth information on the following topics (check the Calendar of Events for dates and times):
Campus recruiting. This seminar will introduce seniors to the mechanics of the on-campus recruiting program. This seminar is required of all students who choose to participate in the on-campus recruiting program.

Resume writing.
This seminar offers an overview of the most commonly used resume formats and provides tips on developing a resume that is not only properly formatted but one that markets you very effectively.

Interviewing tips.
This seminar will present information on preparing for and participating in an employment interview. You will learn job-winning tips and the "dos and don'ts" of successful interviewing.

Job search strategies.
This seminar covers the fundamentals of the job search including  researching employers, networking, online resources, and much more.

Power networking.
Learn how to maximize your job search success through networking. Topics such as learning how to locate contacts and how to approach them, joining the Furman Alumni network on LinkedIn.com, as well as developing your own "business card" will be discussed. 

Networking

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.

Job searching

Paladin Job Board - This is the Furman Career Services Office 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 Office of Career Services 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.

 AtoZ Database - is a job search and career management tool that enables the jobseeker to identify employers, individual contacts and jobs in specific industries and cities.

Career fair
- 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 Career Services for more information and application deadlines.

Diversity resources - Links to diversity related job search and career information resources.



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