MARCH 13, 2008
Whether a student is looking for a full-time position or an internship, sometimes the hardest part of a job search is deciding where to begin. Faced with seemingly overwhelming options, job seekers often first turn to what is most familiar, the Internet. While the Internet is a useful tool, it must be used wisely and should be balanced by a variety of other strategies.
Job fairs provide a venue for students to meet face to face with potential employers, something that does not happen until much later in process when applying online. This interaction provides both the employer and the job seeker with the opportunity to learn about each other and decide is there is a good fit. Several college-sponsored fairs are scheduled during both the fall and spring semesters. Some are general and open to all majors while others are focused on a particular job target, such as federal employment or creative careers. Students should always do their homework before attending to make sure the fair is appropriate for their background and to become knowledgeable about the employers they plan to meet.
Survey after survey supports the notion that networking remains one of the most effective job search strategies. Students can begin to build a professional network while still in school through an internship or volunteer position, as well as contacts with faculty, alumni, community members, friends, family, etc. Beyond job leads, network contacts can often provide beneficial information about the position, company, or general career field a student is considering, advice about a resume, and additional contacts with other professionals.
A targeted job search involves proactively seeking out employers that may offer positions of interest, rather than waiting for the job openings to be advertised publicly. For example, a biology major looking for a lab tech position may directly contact all of the hospitals and labs in her area. While it requires extra legwork, this approach can be very effective and ultimately put the job seeker at the “right place at the right time.”
Regarding Internet sites, Pitt-Greensburg students and recent graduates are encouraged to use two Pitt-based job posting systems. Both systems give students a place to post their resume and access job and internship postings. To access the Pitt-Greensburg system, upgjobnet.org, students simply complete an enrollment form, available through the Office of Career Services. FutureLinks, the Oakland job posting system is available at the Career Services community in the my.pitt.edu portal. Beyond these two, students may want to identify job postings sites specific to their career interests. This can usually be accomplished through a Google search. Finally, to round out the job search, it doesn’t hurt to utilize one or two big job boards such as indeed.com, collegegrad.com or careerbuilder.com.
For more information or for assistance with a job search or other career related concerns, please contact Beth Tiedemann, in the Office of Career Services, 724-836-7182 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Egyptian Nationalism and the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Dr. Buba Misawa
Washington and Jefferson College
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Dr. Buba Misawa is an associate professor of political science at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. He received a B.S. degree from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, an M.A. degree in public and international affairs, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Misawa served as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, following the completion of his doctoral studies, and was appointed assistant professor of political science at Washington and Jefferson College in 1995. Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Misawa taught at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, and was a visiting professor at the Saint Mary's University (Canada) Extension Program, Banjul, Gambia, in 1999.
His research interests include U.S. foreign policy towards Africa, conflicts and African security, and Nigerian foreign policy. He has served as assistant director to Fulbright-Hays summer field trip to Ghana in 2003 and completed a study trip in 2006 to The Gambia and Senegal with students from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Juniata College. He is the author of several journal and newspaper articles, and is working on a book project dealing with West African conflicts and security.