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Job Search Strategies

Informational Interviews | Job Fairs | Job Scams | Job Search Tools | Networking

 

Informational Interviews

A professional interview with someone in a field you are interested in investigating or pursuing. Explore the environment, confirm your level of interest and gain valuable information.

Informational Interviews - pdf

Informational Interview Sample Questions - pdf

Importance of Networking - video

 

Job Fairs

These are great opportunities to meet recruiters and potential employers and learn about a range of available jobs. At the fairs, you can gather information and apply for various positions. Treat each job fair as if it is an interview to make that professional impression.

USM Job Fair              Maine Career Center Job Fairs             Maine College Career Consortium

 

Job Scams

Below are important reminders when working with recruiters.

NEVER respond to unsolicited requests, from any recruiter, for personal information (name, birthdate, social security number, or bank account number) by phone, mail, or online.

If you shared any personal or other contact information with a recruiter, you may want to take additional precautions or use a service such as LifeLock (LifeLock.com).

We recommend contacting your financial institution immediately if you provided personal financial information to a recruiter.

You can report your experience to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Here are some additional helpful links:

 

Job Search Tools

Getting the best job that matches your skills, interests and abilities will require know-how and organization. It is the result of determination, persistence and finding resources to guide you through the job search process. Here are a few job search guides, books and websites which may provide guidance as you seek employment.

 Job Site Description
USMCareerConnections

through the MyUSM Campus Portal for up-to-date job and internship listings from local and regional employers. To see a list of current job openings go to: USMCareerConnections Job Board

USM Career Connections Disclaimer

Live and Work in Maine Live and Work in Maine serves as the leading resource for students looking to start their careers in Maine – as a USM graduate, we invite you to join ourMaine Career Network!
Wicked Good Jobs Wicked Good Jobs is here to make it easy for New England businesses to find and employ hard-working New Englanders, and for honest, sincere, hard-working New Englanders to find good-paying jobs in New England. Whereas other job search engines and services offer jobs and services outside of New England, our focus is to give more individual attention to the company and individuals.
LinkedIn

With over 300 million members in over 200 countries - LinkedIn is the largest professional network. 93% of employers use LinkedIn to recruit.

LinkedIn Jobs Leverage the world’s largest professional network to connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network and get hired. LinkedIn Jobs surfaces insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.

LinkedIn Salary

See a detailed breakdown of salaries by job title and location. Explore how salaries vary by industry, years of experience, company size, education level and field of study.
Glassdoor Helps you find a job and company you love. Reviews, salaries and benefits from employees. Interview questions from candidates. Millions of jobs.
Indeed Considered the #1 job site, it collects job listings from thousands of websites to assist you in finding the perfect position.
Internships Find internships and employment opportunities in the world's largest internship marketplace.

 Book

 Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today's Market by David DeLong (2013).

Networking

Networking is a strategic activity that involves building and maintaining relationships with people who can assist you in advancing your job search. These people can provide you with information about possible positions or refer you to others within the field. While your network can include a wide range of people, the closer they are to sharing your career interests, the more helpful they will be.

Networking