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Searching for a full-time job can coincidentally be a full-time job! It takes time, effort, and energy to research and apply to employment positions that you desire or are interested in. By developing an effective job search strategy, the process can become less stressful and more manageable.


Creating Your Strategy

Define Preferences and Desired Market: Determine and assess what you are looking for in a position and consider the commitment, geographic location, and personal expectations (skillset, functions, job growth, and salary).

Identify Companies & Contacts: Create a list of target companies to which you want to apply and review the job descriptions posted on their websites. It is ideal to take a look at who is in your professional network and inquire about their particular field and potential job openings.

Explore Job Sites: Get comfortable using websites to conduct your job search. A great resource to start with is Curry College's online job database, Handshake.

Meet With A Career Counselor: For additional assistance in developing your strategy, you can make an appointment on Handshake with one of our career counselors.


Develop Self-Marketing Tools

Showcase Your Work: Create and update any social media profiles/portfolios to demonstrate your skills, accomplishments, and vision. (LinkedIn, E-Portfolio, etc.) Utilize the outlets that make the most sense to you and your desired industry.

Resumes & Cover Letters: Depending on your desired jobs to apply to, you should have multiple copies of your resume that show the skills that make you a proper fit for that particular position. Cover letters should also be customized for each position that you apply to.

Establish Selling Points: What key points can you highlight about yourself? These selling points should be reiterated in your resume, cover letter, and interview.


Implementing Your Strategy

Track Your Progress: Set some measurable job searching goals for yourself and keep track of your submitted applications. Don't hold out long for a position if too much time has passed by.

Attend An Event: The Center for Global and Career Services hosts an annual spring career fair which presents a great opportunity for job seekers to network with employers and inquire about positions. You may also attend other job fairs and industry related events. Click here to see a list of upcoming events on Handshake!

Network: Let people know who you are, what you are looking for, and what you have to offer! Expanding your personal and professional network is important and can lead to valuable industry advice and recommendations.

Follow Up: It's always in your best interest to follow up with an employer after submitting your application for a position. Don't be aggressive! One or two points of contact is enough and if you do not receive a reply, move on.

Job & Networking Resources Job & Networking Resources

Job Search Resources



Career Website List

Summer Employment Resources

Buzzfile: Employers By Major

Job Boards by Major

Simply Hired's New Graduate Job Search Guide

Simply Hired's Resources for Students 


Networking Resources

30 Second Elevator Speech

Informational Interview Guide




Networking Opportunities Networking Opportunities

Networking Organizations For Curry Students

South Shore Young Professionals

PRSA Boston Chapter

Joining a professional association or organization is a great way to start networking, learning about your field, and enhancing your professional development. As a member you can stay informed about industry trends, access exclusive career resources such a job boards and membership directories, make connections with professionals in your field,participate in conferences, workshops, and discussions and have an instant connection to other group members. 

List of Professional Associations by Major