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Job & Intern Searching

There are many ways to search and apply for a job or internship. We have outlined some online resources below, as well as other ways in which you can develop connections which can lead to potential job opportunities. Here are a few tips to remember:  

  1. Make your job search a priority.
  2. Be an active job seeker by searching and applying for positions no less than every two days.
  3. Be informed about job trends and unemployment information in geographic areas of interest (i.e. Understand your Job Market Competition).
  4. Make sure your resume is ready for public consumption. Have it reviewed by someone in the Career Center!
  5. Network with friends, family, faculty, and University staff via appropriate social media such as LinkedIn.
  6. Attend the Business Career Fair and other University career fairs available to you each fall and spring.
  7. Be realistic about your future job prospects.
  8. Read through these tips provided to you on how to start a successful job search.
  9. As part of your job search, make sure you are well informed regarding Employment Law in Arkansas by reading through the information provided at Lawyers.com.
  10. Please understand what harassment is as defined by the University of Arkansas Office of Affirmative Action. Visit http://oeoc.uark.edu or download HARASSMENT_POLICY(1).pdf

Online Job Search Sites & Resources

  • Razorback CareerLink: Search and apply for full-time, part-time and internship positions, and apply to be considered for on-campus interviews! CareerLink is an online system that allows students and alumni to search current part-time, full-time, co-op and internship job listings; sign up for on-campus interviews; and read about trends in business and industry, and interesting career development information. Login here. First time users, click here.

  • Indeed.com: Find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. Using Indeed is just like using a general search engine like Google. You can quick-search from the Indeed home page using key words (such as job title and/or employer) in the 'What' box and/or a specific location in the 'Where' box. For additional tips, click here. For the mobile app, click here.  

  • Going Global: Resource for International Students Seeking H1B Visas. Going Global is a database containing H1B records from the US Department of Labor, searchable by industry, job title, company, state or metro regions, as well as H1B records salary information for sponsored positions and job and internship opportunities. These are the most recent records available, representing all companies who have submitted H1B visa applications for the prior 12 months. For tips on using the Going Global database, please review this step-by-step guide. (Note: You must be logged into the University of Arkansas' wireless network or an on-campus computer to gain access to the free database.)

  • USAJobs.gov: Official job site of the US Federal Government - a one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. New users of USAJOBS are encouraged to visit the first timer's page. Veterans, please visit the Veteran's Resource Center. The mobile app is available here.
    (Articles of interest: USA Jobs, Work for America and Organizations Offer Information on Jobs With the State or Federal Government.)

  • Disability.gov: Covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities, including: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities. The mobile app is available here.
    (Article of Interest: Preemployment Inquiries Related to Disabilities.)

  • Click here to view additional job search sites. But remember, employers listed in CareerLink are seeking University of Arkansas students or graduates; check CareerLink first!

Social Media

  • LinkedIn: Your LinkedIn profile is your connection to over 70 million professionals in the business world.  This network can not only help you find a job, but GET a job.
  • Twitter: Clicking on or searching for a certain hashtag in Twitter allows you to see all of the tweets that contain the phrase; and you can use this feature in your job search! Here are some examples of hashtags for job searching:
    • #resume—use #resume with a description of yourself and/or a link to your resume.
    • #tweetmyjobs—#tweetmyjobs has been tagged nearly a million times, so it is recommended to include it in your search! (You can also use TweetMyJobs-www.tweetmyjobs.com/-to receive new job openings when they are available. This is similar to a traditional job board, but culls the information and listings that are found on Twitter.)
    • #jobs, #recruiting, #jobadvice, #jobposting, #jobhunt, and #jobsearch—you can narrow it down by using more specific hashtags, such as or #prjobs or #salesjobs, or by major #accounting.
    • Industry Conferences—Many conferences now have their own hashtags. Promote your involvement when watching a panel or speech you are attending or interested in, and connect with other tweeters along the way. Whether you are attending the conference or not, you can contribute to the conversation. By using Twitter for networking within an industry, you can increase your chances of getting hired down the road. (Source: NACEweb.org)

(Articles of Interest: Social Media in Your Job Search, Building a Strong LinkedIn Profile, and 10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search)

RSS Feeds

A RSS job feed can compliment your other job hunting methods by regularly bringing you targeted employment listings. When you find a good job web site that caters to your preferences, you can leverage the search results using RSS. There are a number of good job sites available. Some have unique content and others pull job listings from many sources. The best one varies by your industry and location. For example, if you’re in the IT industry you might consider a specialized site like Dice.com, which wouldn't work for you if you’re looking for an accounting job. Although many job listing sites offer feeds, they differ in implementation and information. The table below outlines 8 popular job sites with RSS feeds.

Site

RSS Feed Info

Link Location

CareerBuilder.com

Displays job title and 2 line description

RSS option on the main page.

CollegeRecruiter.com

Displays job title, location and 2 line description

Need to use separate query builder. Then look for text that says “Your Custom Link is Below

Craigslist.org

Full feed with entire job listing.

Result page has RSS in Internet web browser menu.

Indeed.com

Displays job title, location, 1 line description and job listing source.

On the results page, there is a text link for RSS feed. You may also scroll down to the bottom of the right column and look for the RSS button and job feed link.

JobCentral.com

Displays job title and location

Above the results, look for text link [Save as RSS feed] to the right

Monster.com

Displays job title, location and 2 line description

On the results page, scroll down and to the left there is a XML graphic and text link “Save as RSS feed”

Net-Temps.com

Displays job title, location, category, duration, posting date.

On the results page, look for the XML button to the top left.

Information provided, with permission, by Productivity Portfolio.


For more information on job and intern searching, please review the following articles:

Online Industry Resources

  • Positions with Walmart: Searching for a job or internship with a large employer can sometimes feel overwhelming. The following step-by-step directions may help you search and apply for positions with Walmart Stores, Inc. Search and apply on-line at www.walmartstores.com/careers. By applying on-line, your resume will go directly to the recruiter responsible for the positions that interest you. To assist you further, please review the following information:
    • Go to www.walmartstores.com/careers, register with the site, and upload your resume
    • Click on the "Select a Career" drop down box and select “Corporate” and then click "Apply Now"
    • Select the "Employment Type(s)" you want, such as “Intern”, then click “Refined Search”
    • Add the job reqs that you are interested in to your “shopping cart”
    • After you’ve selected them, you can go to your cart and submit all of them at the same time
    • You can come back and apply for other positions as you find them
  • Positions with Tyson Foods: You can search current openings, submit your resume and apply to full-time and internship opportunities directly through Tyson’s website: www.tysonfoodscareers.com/.
  • Positions with JB Hunt Transport, Inc.: You can search career opportunities, including internships and positions for recent graduates and experienced professionals, on JB Hunt’s website: www.jbhunt.jobs. Click here to view keyword suggestions to use when searching for jobs with JB Hunt.
  • JobsInLogistics.com: Job/internship search site for those interested in careers within logistics.
  • CPGjoblist.com: CPGjobs is the leading career site for professionals and employers in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry.
  • Dice.com: Dice is the #1 technology job board. If you are a technology professional in areas such as Information Technology (IT), software, high tech, security, biotech, etc., Dice.com is a great resource.
  • CSCMP's Career Center Job Board: The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Career Center is focused exclusively on the supply chain profession and is viewed by a global audience of seasoned supply chain management practitioners, recent graduates, and leading organizations. Whether you are searching for a high-level position, an internship, or are just beginning your journey on the career path, you will find only the top supply chain management opportunities in our career resource. Sign up and post your resume for free! 
  • Indeed.com: Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. Any type of career for any industry can be found in Indeed.com. Click here for tips and a video tutorial.

Additional Resources

Click here to view a list of more than 100 sites for job searching, resume reviews, networking and more (provided by http://better-jobs-advice.blogspot.com/).

 

Networking

When you meet a new person in class, at a social event or even in the elevator, you have an opportunity to develop your network. The Walton College Career Center hopes you will view every opportunity to meet people as a chance to increase your business network. Each year, the Career Center brings in professionals from various businesses and industries to present various professional development topics, as well as assist students with development areas such as resume enhancement and interview skill building.

There are many more uses for networking than just "finding a job." Networking is an activity that takes place every day of our lives, whether job-related or not. Did you talk to someone at breakfast to review what might be on the upcoming exam? That's networking. Did you ask a librarian which reference materials would be the best in preparing a term paper? That's networking. Did you ask friends if they knew of anyone driving home for the weekend? That's networking.

Networking is already far more active in your life than you might have originally thought. The key to making it effective in your job search is to provide clear focus and direction. Following are several objectives to keep in mind when speaking with others about your job search:

  1. To make others aware of your job search and your career focus.
  2. To open up additional lines of communication in the job market.
  3. To increase your knowledge about a particular career field or industry.
  4. To find out more about potential employers.
  5. To discover hidden job opportunities.
  6. To open up the possibility of creating a job where none currently exists.

To achieve your networking objectives, you need to consider each contact with another human being as a potential opportunity to further expand your network. You will come in contact with other people each and every day. How you integrate that contact into your job search network will greatly determine your potential for overall success in your job search. And there are hundreds of people out there who are ready and willing to help.

Razorback CareerLink (CareerLink)

CareerLink is an online system that allows students and alumni to search current part-time, full-time, co-op and internship job listings; sign up for on-campus interviews; and read about trends in business and industry and interesting career development information.

How do I start using CareerLink?
Login to CareerLink using your uark username and password. If you are a first-time user, or a former student who hasn't logged in during the last 3 months, please review the first time user guide.

How often should I check CareerLink?
You should check every few days. CareerLink is updated every day, so new job opportunities are always added to the system.

Are there other online job sites I should use besides CareerLink?
Yes, there are national job sites and local Arkansas job sites that can be useful during the job search process. Check out our Job Sites page for a list of recommended sites. Just remember, employers listed in CareerLink are seeking University of Arkansas students or graduates, check CareerLink first!

On-campus Interviews

Employers actively seek college students throughout the year, so it is always important to login to Razorback CareerLink every few days to see new job postings. However, although employers post jobs/internships with the Walton College Career Center year-round, the bulk of on-campus interviews, when employers are here on-campus to interview selected students, tends to concentrate between the months of late-January-April and September-November. Expectations:

  • If you are selected for an on-campus interview, you are expected to arrive early (10 minutes) for your interview (if possible) or right on-time.
  • You prepare for your interview by utilizing the resources available to you found within our Interview Skills information section of this site.
  • You present your best self in image, demeanor and attitude.
  • You must cancel or change your interview time within 48 business hours of your interview time by contacting the Walton College Career Center directly.
  • If you cancel your interview or do not show up for an interview within 48 hours of your interview time, your Walton College Career Center privileges, including Razorback CareerLink access, will be revoked until such time as the matter is resolved.

Razorback CareerLink Tips

Types of Job Postings: Once you are logged into Razorback CareerLink, you can hover over the Jobs/Internship tab at the top of the screen and see two options - "Posted by My Career Center" and "Extended Online Job Search Resources":

  • Posted by My Career Center - These are positions that an employer has specifically stated that they are seeking University of Arkansas students to fill.
  • Extended Online Job Search Resources - These are positions posted by employers within the NACElink Network (over 200 schools are a part of this network).

Resume Books: Resume Books offer students another opportunity to circulate resumes to potential employers. By including your resume in a Resume Book in Razorback CareerLink, you are allowing interested employers to view your resume and contact you directly about job openings, information sessions, and/or interviews. Please remember that Resume Books are not the main source of candidates for employers using CareerLink. You should still search and apply for positions directly! Follow the steps below if you would like to include your resume in a Resume Book (you can submit your resume in up to four Resume Books):

  1. Login to CareerLink
  2. Click on the “Documents” tab
  3. Select the “Opt-In Resume Book” sub-tab
  4. Click “Select Resume Books” for the resume you wish to add to a Resume Book
  5. Select a Resume Book from the “Target Opt-In Resume Book” drop down menu
  6. Click “Submit”

Transcripts: In addition to a resume, some organizations require a copy of an applicant’s transcript. U of A students can request electronic versions of their official transcripts online. Click here for more details on obtaining a copy of your transcript. Once you have an electronic version of your transcript, you can upload it to Razorback CareerLink as a document and submit it with applications along with your resume.

Non-Discrimination Policies

Please understand what harassment is as defined by the University of Arkansas Office of Affirmative Action. Visit http://oeoc.uark.edu/148.php or download HARASSMENT_POLICY.pdf.


If you have any questions about CareerLink, call the Career Development Center at 479.575.6100 or email us at CareerCenter@walton.uark.edu . We'll be glad to help you.

Employed & Unemployment Statistics in Arkansas and the United States

It is important for job seekers to stay abreast of current employment and unemployment statistics in Arkansas and throughout the United States. Visit the following links with data provided by the Walton College's Center for Business & Economic Research:

To learn more about employment distribution by industry within Arkansas and the United States, visit the links below with data provided by the Walton College's Center for Business & Economic Research. Industries represented are the following: non-farm, goods producing, service providing, natural resource mining, construction, manufacturing, manufacturing durables, manufacturing non-durables, trade/transportation/utilities, finance, professional business services, education/health services, leisure, other services and government.

Click here to view employment outcomes for the Walton College.

Recent Fraud Alerts

  • High Five Marketing, YMC Investments, Merrill Lynch, Adaptec, Pershing & Cameron: If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be from one of the companies above saying that they received your resume from your University/College Career Center, please note: this is a fraudulent email. While these companies do exist, recruiters from the organizations would never contact you in this way or use an email account such as @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, pershing@live.net, etc. If you have opted-in to the Resume Book option in Razorback CareerLink, this is how your resume was seen by outside parties. At this time, these contacts have had their access to Razorback CareerLink revoked.
  • Money Order Schemes: Jade Williams Realty - Personal Assistant Job Posting. This legitimate looking job posting for a personal assistant in the local Fayetteville area is a bogus job! While it looks like an appealing part time job, this posting is just a way to get student contact information, send checks/money orders from their company, have the student deposit them into a personal bank account, and then have them wire the money back when the funds are posted. These are fraudulent/counterfeit checks that generally take weeks to clear and then the student is responsible for the deposited amount after it bounces. Click here to find out more about this scheme and others like it.

If you have any doubts about an email recruiting contact, please contact the Walton College Career Center at 479-575-6100 or the University Career Development Center at 479-575-2804 right away.

Job Scams and Employment Fraud

As college graduates quickly learn, online job searching is a highly effective resource. While the internet has broadened career opportunities for many, it has also led to online job scams and employment fraud. The Career Center has outlined some information below to help online job seekers become more aware of potential scams and how to avoid them.

Job seekers are cautioned to thoroughly research any opportunity they find online. Signs of a phony job listing include a request for personal information, such as bank account numbers, social security number or a copy of your drivers’ license; a contact e-mail address that is not a primary domain (example: an employer contact using an @yahoo.com or @hotmail.com e-mail address); and a lack of interest in meeting you. CareerBuilder.com offers the following tips to avoid scams1:

  • Research the prospective company.
  • Never give personal bank account, PayPal or credit card numbers to an employer.
  • Don't divulge private information such as a copy of your driver's license, passport or social security number.
  • Never forward, transfer or "wire" money to an employer or on behalf of an employer.
  • Do not re-ship products or partake in cross-border action.

Job seekers should also be aware of the various types of scams they face. The Better Business Bureau lists the following as common online job scams2:

  • The payment-forwarding or payment-transfer scams: In this scenario, the con artist pretends to be an employer. He uses a job ad or information from a resume posted online to convince the job seeker that he is a legitimate employer. Once he gains the victim’s trust, he uses one of several ploys to request the job seeker’s bank account number. He may tell the job seeker he needs it to deliver his/her paycheck by "direct deposit." Or the scammer may promise high wages for a job that involves forwarding, transferring or wiring money from a personal bank account, a PayPal account, or from Western Union to another account. The job seeker, as part of their pay, is instructed to keep a small percentage of the money (which can total hundreds of thousands of dollars) as payment. The money the victim transfers has invariably been stolen, so the job candidate ends up committing theft and wire fraud.
  • The "personal" invitation: This job scammer sends mass e-mails to long lists of recipients. The e-mail claims to have seen your resume on the Internet, notes that your skills match the requirements for their job, and invites you to complete an online job application. Or the e-mail may state that it is in response to the resume you submitted for a job opening. Proceed with caution! Is this a cold-contact e-mail from a business or person that is not familiar to you? Did you apply for a job with this organization? Did you send a resume to this recruiter? Type the company’s Web site address into your browser and contact the company via telephone to check it out.
  • The ID verification scenario: During the job application process, or prior to promising to schedule a personal interview, the scam artist will say the business needs to scan your driver’s license, passport of other means of identification to "verify" your identity. Or, the scammer claims to need your bank account or credit card numbers to run a "credit check" before proceeding with the job application process. Other red flags are requests for your Mother’s maiden name, your date of birth or your social security number. These are not legitimate requests and can be used to commit identity theft!
  • The inside scoop on federal jobs: Avoid Web sites that promise, for a fee, to give you the inside scoop on how to get a Federal or Postal Service job. They are likely to use a government-like name, such as the "U.S. Agency for Career Advancement" or the "Postal Employment Service." Know that they are probably lying about the availability of federal jobs in your area and making other false claims about "undisclosed" opportunities in the federal government, "guaranteed" entry to a particular position, or assurance that you will receive a high score on a postal entrance examination. All federal government positions are publicly announced and federal agencies never charge application fees or guarantee that an applicant will be hired.
  • Opportunities abroad: Who does not dream of being paid high wages to work in an exotic locale? Remember, high-paid job opportunities overseas for people who lack significant experience in a particular field, are virtually nonexistent. Legitimate businesses seeking to fill jobs at locations outside the U.S. will not ask for money up front; use post office boxes, instead of office addresses; make promises of employment and guarantees of refunds; or charge fees for giving you a job lead.

Some companies claim to guarantee you a job if you pay for their placement services. Job seekers should be cautious of these organizations. Before spending money on placement firms or placement contracts, the Federal Trade Commission offers the following advice3

  • Reject any company that promises to get you a job.
  • Be skeptical of any employment-service firm that charges first, even if it guarantees refunds.
  • Get a copy of the firm’s contract and read it carefully before you pay any money. Understand the terms and conditions of the firm’s refund policy. Make sure you understand what services the firm will provide and what you’ll be responsible for doing. If oral promises are made, but don’t appear in the contract, think twice about doing business with the firm.
  • Take your time reading the contract. Don’t be caught up in a rush to pay for services. Stay away from high-pressure sales pitches that require you to pay now or risk losing out on an opportunity.
  • Be cautious about purchasing services or products from a firm that’s reluctant to answer your questions.
  • Be aware that some listing services and “consultants” write their ads to sound like they are jobs when they’re selling general information about getting a job.
  • Follow up with the offices of any company or organization mentioned in an ad or an interview by an employment service to find out if the company is really hiring.
  • Be wary of firms promoting “previously undisclosed” federal government jobs. All federal positions are announced to the public on www.usajobs.gov.
  • Check with your local consumer protection agency, state Attorney General’s Office, and the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed about a company with which you intend to do business. You also may contact these organizations if you have a problem with an employment-service firm.

If you feel you have been a victim of a job scam, please file a complaint about the fraudulent job posting by calling the Federal Trade Commission complaint line at 877-382-4357.

References:

CareerBuilder.com: What You Need to Know About Job Scams
2  Better Business Bureau: Graduates Cautioned to Avoid Online Job Scams
3  Federal Trade Commission: Job-Hunting/Job Scams


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