Finding a Job

Life beyond Guilford will be here before you know it!  While at Guilford, you have been invited to closely examine  your unique interests, passions, knowledge and skills, which is the first step in a successful job search!

Below are some useful resources to help you explore what options are out there for your unique desired career path, including necessary skills, salary, growth potential and more:

Check out What Can I Do With This Major?, a site to explore common majors/minors and areas to work within them.  (For full access, scroll to the bottom of our main Guided Discovery page and find the link for WhatCanIDoWithThisMajor.com.)

This interactive tool includes information on daily tasks in careers, salary information and skills desired for over 900 jobs!

O*Net is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Browse career areas and view statistics, in-depth descriptions, day-to-day duties, and education needed to help in researching jobs and careers!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the primary Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions and economic changes.  This is a good resource to help you understand the nitty-gritty information about jobs currently on the market.

In many ways, finding open jobs is fairly easy!  The majority of people seeking jobs rely on the obvious resources: websites that post opportunities and job boards on company/agency websites.  But remember, as you are finding open opportunities through those sites, so are thousands of other people!  This is why it is SUPER IMPORTANT for you to have the best application materials you possibly can to bring your application to the “top of the stack”. 

Applying to jobs is almost a full-time job in and of itself.  It requires effort and patience.  The Career Guides in Guided Discovery are here to help you navigate the search process and to assist in preparing your application materials.  Career Guides have specified areas of focus (based on Pathways) which helps them brainstorm ideas to personalize your job search experience.  They are also experienced in…

  • Job Search Strategies
  • Cover Letter and Resume review
  • Interview Preparation 
  • And Post-Interview Follow up

If you would like to meet with a Career Guide to discuss your job search, sign up for an appointment via Navigate.  

Guilford College has recently partnered with Handshake to provide Guilford students with a more personalized job search experience.  As a Guilford student, you automatically have a Handshake account; all you have to do is login and start searching.

Here are some additional job search websites:

Networking is another vital piece to the job search experience.  For more information on Networking, check out our Networking resources HERE.  Don’t forget about Alumni networking too!  

As they say, it’s not about WHAT you know, but WHO you know.

Once you have started your job search, we HIGHLY recommend starting a spreadsheet to keep track of information such as 1) Company/Agency name, 2) Contact information, 3) Position title, 4) Position description, 5) Additional information provided such as salary range and location, 6) Links to application materials (Google Docs makes this easy), 7) Date you submitted application, 8) Any follow-up communication you have had.

See an example HERE.