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Searching for the Career You Want - Part Two

By Suzanne Lazar ’16, graduate student, SUNY Empire State College; editor, The Student Connection

November 27, 2017

‌Now you have an idea of the job title(s) you’re interested in and the basic required credentials. 

Part two talks about searching for the job you want and getting yourself and your resume noticed.

When you’ve decided on one or several job titles, applying for positions comes next.  It used to be that your local newspaper was the main source for all job postings.  Today, there are many more employment resources at your fingertips; resources that list employment opportunities, and resources that provide you with the tools you need to get hired! 

Your state department of labor is a great resource to search for employment.  In New York, the Dept. of Labor provides online resources, printed material and offers workshops through career centers in different counties. 

Job Searching

US.jobs https://us.jobs/ Search for jobs by state, keyword or occupation. This website features career assessments, labor buzz, job seeker news, and many other valuable resources.  Employers often search this site for new talent.  New York State Job Bank http://newyork.us.jobs/

Simply Hired https://www.simplyhired.com/  - An employment website and mobile application. 

Jobs Express http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm - Search for current job openings in New York's 10 regional economies. New Yorkers can view the region they live in, see which industries are growing and find out what jobs are available in demand. 

New York State Current Job Openings www.statejobsny.com - FAQ on how to become a state employee, links to exam information and list of current jobs open to the general public.

NYS Dept. of Civil Service - www.cs.ny.gov - This site includes listings for county or state exams/job openings.  Use this site to find upcoming competitive examinations, continuous recruitment examinations and current openings within the county or state.  This website also has test guides, exams by education/experience level, internship opportunities and much more.

Job Zone http://www.nyjobzone.org/ - USA and New York Jobs resource and information database.

My Skills My Future https://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/ - through Career One Stop, this is a source for employment information with options to help find employment.

USA Jobs www.usajobs.gov  Explore hiring paths with the Federal Government.  You can narrow down your search to openings in your area by entering your City and State or zip code, and access thousands of job opportunities across hundreds of agencies and organizations. 

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/ - A professional website with a variety of networking and employment opportunities https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/directory/?trk=uno-reg-guest-home-jobs-directory

Indeed.com www.indeed.com - This website is easy to use.  It allows you to save searches and generates an e-mail notification when job matches arrive.  The site has local searches and multiple job filtering tools.

Job Search Advice www.quintcareers.com - Everything job search; age discrimination, informational interviews, career planning, salaries, transferable skills, social networking. 

You’ve found several jobs that fit the categories of things you’re looking for and it’s time to prepare your resume and cover letter, prepare for the application process and prepare for an interview.

The application process can be daunting but customizing your resume and cover letter with the right keywords can make all the difference when talent acquisition managers and recruiters are searching for candidates.  Many large companies use the Applicant Tracking Systems to weed through applications and look specifically for content that does not closely match a given sets of keywords.

Resume and Cover Letter

Jobscan www.jobscan.co – will help to improve your resume and cover letter and will help identify where your resume falls short in comparison to a specific job post.

Us.jobs https://us.jobs/resumetools.asp - Post your resume or create a new one with resume tools.

Career One Stop: Sponsored by the United States Department of Labor http://careeronestop.org/ - Here, you will find information about resumes, cover letters, interviews and occupations.  You will also be able to find the locations of local One Stops around the nation and meet with representatives in person, to help you with tips on resume building, writing an effective cover letter, interviewing, and more.


If it’s been a while since you went on an interview and want to brush up on your skills, Interview Stream is a fantastic resource to create mock interviews and practice your interviewing skills.  All you need is a computer and a web-cam and you can pick from a wide selection of industries, and job-specific interview questions, practice how you respond, how you use your body language, and then watch mock interview and note where you might need to improve.   It’s such a useful tool and can really make a difference in how you present yourself to a potential employer.

SUNY Empire State College also offers great career development services career development services.  You can take the driver’s seat and navigate on your own through the different resources, or work with someone in career services for one-on-one guidance.  For more information about career services, contact Anita Brown at Anita.Brown@esc.edu.

With a few tools, a good resume, and confidence, you’re ready to walk on the career path that YOU want!

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