Searching for Jobs

Looking for jobs is sometimes the most difficult part of the job process. Where do you start? What sites are the best? Are there different websites I should use depending on my major? These are all questions that come to mind when starting my search for a job.

There are hundreds of different websites out there that post jobs. How do you know which one is going to give you the best results and help you find the job in the quickest, simplest way?

Here at UW-Whitewater, we have a great resource to help us find jobs. HawkJobs is a great website for current students and alumni to find jobs and internships. You can filter through positions by inputting your major, desired job location, and what type of job you’re looking for. From there it tells you exactly how you apply for that job.

Hawkjobs is a great resource to help you start your search for a job. However, HawkJobs only has postings from the employers who know about HawkJobs. This sometimes leaves out a few popular areas of study.

If you are a person who is interested in a career in advertising, communications, graphic design, marketing, public relations, social media, or web design, BigShoesNetwork.com is a great place to search for jobs. There are two different regions that Big Shoes Network offers postings in, the Midwest and the South.

Once you choose which region you would like to work in, you go to the find a job tab. This page allows you to choose what region you would like to work in and the type of position that you are interested in. Once you see a position that catches your eye, you can simply click on it and it tells you exactly how to apply.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a job with the government, USAjobs.gov is the place that you want to go. Here you can search for all different types of positions with the government. You can narrow your search down by the location you want to be in, the type of position you would like to have, and even the government agency that you would like to work for.

If your dream job is working for your favorite sports team, then you should go to teamworkonline.com. On this website you can search for jobs by the team that you would like to work for. They have all different types of positions, from ticket sales to marketing. You can even narrow your search down to entry-level positions.


Finally, if you are someone who is in the social services field, socialservice.com is a great website for you. This website offers a variety of positions in the social services field from child care workers to case managers. You can narrow your search by what type of degree is required and by location.


When choosing which site is going to be best for you, make sure that you consider what field you want to go in. While you may still be unsure, it always helps to narrow down your options even a little bit.

Keep in mind that this job search process is one that is going to take a lot of time. There are a lot of open positions out there and you want to make sure that you are applying for the ones that you want.

Remember that employers don’t always post all of their jobs online. It is still very important to build up a network of contacts that you can talk to about possible job openings. Networking in person is just as important as networking online.

HawkJobs, Big Shoes Network, USAjobs, teamworkonline, and socialservices.com are all great sites for you to start your job search. They are easy to use and each one provides something unique in your search for a job.

Kick Off Your Spring Semester The Right Way

Welcome back to campus, UW-W students and staff! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing break, but are ready to hit the books again, embark on a brand new semester of internship or job duties, and to get back into the swing of things.

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For those of you who took some pieces of advice from our last post, about doing career-related projects over the break, you’re ahead of the game! No matter what grade you’re in and how far along you are on your internship or job hunt, completing those projects will help to make your semester less stressful. If you haven’t done some career-related projects yet, don’t worry! You can start by doing these three things:

Polish Your Resume

I know, I know – we’ve heard this all before. Updating your resume is the first step in jump-starting your job hunt. I hope you all have a resume somewhere, whether it be in a folder on your computer or on your online website. Before you start anything else, make sure your resume is up to date. Check out this article from our archives, which includes five links about sharpening your resume.

Use Your Resources

No matter if you’re a freshman, senior, or graduate student, Career & Leadership Development can help you in many career-related areas. The staff can help you fix and spice up your resume, they can conduct practice interviews with you, they can help you figure out the best way to search for a job, and I know for a fact that they’re more than happy to talk to you about internship/searching and deciding what path you should take during and after college. Check out the staff list to find out which staff member would be best fit to help you.

Job Search

If you’re not looking for a job yet, start looking for internships instead! Visit the UW-W Internship Blog for information and advice on scoring a great internship. Employers will definitely notice if you have had one or two internships, so don’t pass up any opportunity to apply for one!

For those of you who are graduating within the year, try looking at job boards on the web, such as Hawk Jobs. If you’re new to job searching, look out for a post coming up in the next few weeks, titled ‘How To Navigate Hawk Jobs’. If looking at job boards isn’t your thing, you can also check potential employers’ websites to see if there are any job openings, and definitely mention your pursuit to your friends, parents, and colleagues. Networking is a great skill to have, especially if you’re looking for a job!

We post current job openings on this blog, as well as on our Twitter page and Facebook page, so be sure to follow us on these social media sites!

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I hope you’ve taken some of the advice into consideration and will stop by the offices of Career & Leadership Development sometime. We’re happy to help with all of your college and career concerns!

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What’s a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and How Do I Create One?

Research is an incredible way to prepare for graduate and professional school. UW-Whitewater has a number of opportunities to engage in research including the Undergraduate Research Program, the McNair Program, and various opportunities to participate in ongoing faculty research.

As you develop skills to become an effective graduate student, it will be very important to learn how to appropriately market yourself. When applying for employment, assistantships, fellowships, grants, and other opportunities, resumes will no longer be the document of choice. Instead, you will be asked to submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Curriculum Vitae is Latin for ‘course of life’. The purpose of the CV is to provide a snapshot of your education, professional background, and research interests.

Students in "class" on Bascom Hill

Academic and International CVs
There are two types of CVs: the academic CV and international CV. Several countries outside of the U.S. use the term CV to refer to their equivalent of the American resume. Domestically, it will be necessary to begin a CV if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • Planning to attend graduate school
  • Engaging in student teaching
  • Participating/conducting research
  • Interested in academia

CV or Resume: What’s the difference?
A CV and resume are both documents used to provide a snapshot of one’s skills and experiences. The CV differs from the resume in that it is:

  • More comprehensive and longer in length
  • Used primarily for jobs in academia, research and when applying for grants, conferences, or graduate school
  • Strictly a professional document that should be approached conservatively

How do I begin my CV?
Create a master CV document. It may be easiest to request the CV of faculty member in your field of interest to get an initial idea of how a CV in your field of interest will appear.

  1. Outline information. Outline the following information: contact information, education, professional employment, research experience (publications, presentations, grants, etc.), teaching experience, honors and awards, professional service, professional affiliations. The CV does not need to be limited solely to this information, but the aforementioned are a few samples. Accompany each experience with the position held, name of organization, dates present and location
  2. Create headings and organize. Create headings that are relevant to your experiences. The list in Step One identifies information that may be used as headings. Place corresponding experiences underneath headings. Research and teaching experiences are often the first sections following the education section. Note: In regard to section order, the most important information will be listed toward is the top of CV. However, information within each heading should be listed in reverse chronological order.
  3. Create descriptions. Fill in experiences with descriptions regarding your accomplishments. Use complete citations for research (including publications, presentations, and research in progress).

The CV length for undergraduate and graduate students will likely range from 2-5 pages. For more information, explore ‘Additional Resources’ below and make an appointment with a career counselor in Career and Leadership Development and faculty member in your department.

Additional Resources:
http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/careercenter/doc/CV%20Packet.pdf
http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/creatingmaintaining-your-cv/26887 http://chronicle.com/article/The-Rhetoric-of-the-CV/131404/

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Resource: Vault Career Insider

Career & Leadership Development has subscribed to  a very good career resource called Vault Career Insider. This product contains information useful to most job seekers, as well as valuable information to those exploring various career paths. Vault may be found from your Hawk Jobs main page – select Career Resources on the top bar, then select Vault. First time users will need to create their account, which is very simple to do. You’ll receive an immediate reply from Vault, then you’re ready to access the information!

For those of you exploring career paths, check out the Career Guides. The are 12 Career Topic Guides, providing useful information about what it’s like to work in various fields. The guides also provide a wealth of information about various industries, employers, international career opportunities, and tactical information about resumes and interviewing.

Vault also provides resources helpful to learn about your job search – from information and samples of resumes, to career videos and blogs, and discussion groups. As you’re working to develop your job search plan, Vault will provide you with wonderful resources that will help you land that job you most desire.

And for those of you seeking information about various employing organizations, Vault provides more than 10,000 company profiles. These profiles allow the thoughtful job seeker to learn more about which organizations are the best fit for them. The company profile resource also provides 2011 edition of the “Best Companies to Work for…” list.

So when we suggest that you research the employer before your interview, start with Vault!

Resume Resources

Some of you bring your resumes to the office and meet with us individually, some come to see us at Resume Doctor, some of you email your resume to us, and some of you have others look at your resume. Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have found some great resources. If you are still looking for help with your resume, let me suggest some resources that might help you.

Start by reading Three Reasons I’ll Read Your Resume.

Connect with a staff member in Career & Leadership Development:

  • Call us at 262-472-1471 and schedule an appointment to sit down with a counselor to go over your resume.
  • Send your resume as an attachment by email: career@uww.edu.
  • Check out the resume resources on our website.

Some other helpful resources and articles from across the Internet:

There are many more resources out there, but this should give you a good start.