Full-Time Job Search
Finding a full-time job marks the beginning of your professional career. Your full-time job search starts with knowing what experience you are looking for. While there is no "right" way to find a full-time job, we offer a few suggestions on places to seek out these opportunities.
Start by meeting with our Career Planning staff to talk about your strengths, interests and the kind of full-time opportunities you are seeking.
General Job Search Sites
Sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder, and other similar sites reach a wide audience, but they can receive thousands of applications for positions. You can set up an automatic alert with these general job search sites to speed up the process and help you sort through the postings.
Gator CareerLink Job Search Database:
You can find local, national and international opportunities through Gator CareerLink. Check back often and update your profile. Employers also post on-campus interviews and networking opportunities (information sessions, workshops etc.) in this system. If you are not in GCL, you are missing out. You can also automate your search with a "search agent" to make things even more efficient.
Industry-Specific Job Boards:
These sites reach a smaller targeted audience. They are great resources but usually with less frequent postings. You can learn more about where to find these boards by searching for them and by speaking with professionals in your field. Many websites have collections of industry-specific job boards. Get started exploring these job boards at CareerProfiles.
Company or Organization Website:
Use an employer's website to research their available opportunities. While on an organization's website, look for links like "Careers," "Work for Us," "Employment" and other terms. With some smaller organizations, you might need to contact a hiring representative directly (usually under a "contact us" link). Visit our researching employers page for further information.
These are groups of like-minded professionals in one field or industry. You can use professional associations for industry information, networking and jobs postings. Many professional organizations have low student fees. Locate professional organizations through speaking with professors or professionals in your field as well as searching for them. Find online directories of professional organizations to start exploring.
Approximately 80% of jobs are never advertised. They are found through networking. Join networking groups and websites. Expand your network to gain information about your industry and locate possible job leads.
Part-Time Job Search
Many students choose to work part time while they are taking classes. Working part time can help with expenses and provide a way to gain valuable work experience while still in school. While you have no "right" way to find a part-time job, here are a few suggestions on places to seek out these opportunities.
Part-time work can, but does not necessarily have to, match your professional goals. You can often develop fantastic transferable skills (selling, communications, writing, organizing and many others).
Good places to start searching are local businesses, around campus, through Gator CareerLink and at the Part-Time Job Fair. Many of the same resources for finding full-time employment apply to a part-time job search.
The Gainesville area has many great local businesses. You can also look at local business organizations (Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and others) to find out about area employers.
You can browse through available on-campus employment opportunities on jobs.ufl.edu. On-campus employers are conveniently located and offer a flexible work schedule to accommodate for classes and other activities. Some on-campus work requires students to be Federal Work Study recipients, so make sure you have completed your FAFSA to be eligible for Work Study.
Part-Time Job Fair
Part-Time Job Fair is a great way to meet employers looking for part-time employees.
Let Us Help.
Request a Career Planning appointment in GCL. We can meet with you about a wide-range of career topics, including finding a full- or part-time job.
If you would like to speak to someone about requesting an appointment: CALL (352) 392-1601 or VISIT first floor, Reitz Union.