Starting the Job Search

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The job search process can feel overwhelming and intimidating for some students, but with the right tools, strategies and support you can navigate your way into a career aligned with your design. We’re here to help anytime you need us, but the job search process begins with you.  What jobs are you qualified and prepared for with the knowledge and skills you’ve develop through your degree?  What jobs are you designed for based on your talents and strengths?  Check out the resources we’ve compiled here to help you begin this process effectively. 

Job Search Tools & Strategies

Networking in Person

Many of our students find their first career opportunities through a relationship or connection with someone who is aware of a job that matches their qualifications and interest.  More than 70% of today's job openings are in the "hidden job market” and are never publicly posted.  People find out about them through networking, the process of building strategic mutually beneficial professional relationships to effectively further your career goals. 

You already know lots of people in careers and fields that you find attractive.  How did they get there?  Do they know of opportunities you may be interested in?  Start sharing your interests with the people you know.  These may be people in your hometown, church community, social groups or people your parents know.  Your network should also include your professors, peers, alumni and professionals you’re meeting and interacting with during college. 

Networking Online

Networking online through sites like LinkedIn is a must.   LinkedIn is the largest professional social network with more than 414 million users.   LinkedIn allows you to search for positions as well as connect with professionals in every field and industry imaginable.  Employers use LinkedIn to search for you.  If you’ve not attended one of our LinkedIn workshops and need help setting up your account let us know.  You can access the LinkedIn links further down this page to begin.  Other social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram can also be useful for networking, so make sure you leverage these effectively with appropriate content. 

Searching for & Applying for Jobs Online

Next to opportunities uncovered through networking, the online environment has become the most common place to search for open positions.  Knowing where to look for jobs that match your qualifications and goals is key to narrowing your search effectively.  We’ve included a list of the most common reputable job sites further down the page.  As you begin to explore these, consider these tips:

  • Create an accurate profile and keep it current.
  • Research companies/industries to find out if they match your interests and qualifications.
  • Always customize your resume per position using the job description provided.
  • Apply for jobs that match your interests and qualifications; review jobs descriptions carefully.
  • Complete application instructions as directed, and provide everything requested.
  • Follow up two weeks after you apply if you’ve not heard back.  Timely follow up is essential.
  • Red Flags to Consider during a Job Search 

Job Search Resources

WebbWorks is Gardner-Webb’s online resource for targeted career opportunities and resume sharing available to all students and alumni. WebbWorks allows employers to share internship and job postings directly with us to target our student as applicants.  It allows students to post  resumes and create searchable profiles to assist employers in their search for qualified candidates from within our current student body and alumni.  Click here to access WebbWorks, and create your profile.

Job Search Links

Glass Doorwww.glassdoor.comJob Search and Employer Reviews
Indeedwww.indeed.comJob Search Engine
Grantedwww.granted.comJob Search Engine
Employment Guidewww.employmentguide.comJob Search Engine
Career Search Engine
NC Office of State Personnel
Jobs in Charlotte, Asheville, Knoxville
USA Jobswww.usa.govGovernment Job Site
Diversity Jobswww.diversityemployers.comDiversity Jobs Site
Simply Hiredwww.simplyhired.comJob Search Engine
College Grad Job Grads Job Search Engine
Career One Stopwww.careeronestop.orgJob Search Engine Job Search and Networking
Backdoor Jobswww.backdoorjobs.comSeasonal Jobs
Health and Fitnesswww.phfr.comHealth and Wellness Jobs
Higher Educationwww.higheredjobs.comJobs within Higher Education
NC Department of Public Instructionwww.ncpublicschools.orgPublic School Teaching Positions
Summer Jobswww.summerjobs.comSummer Positions
Walt Disneywww.disneycareers.comRange of Jobs within Organization
United Nations Jobswww.unjobfinder.orgUN Job Search Engine
Non Profit Jobs Cooperativewww.philanthropegie.orgNonprofit Job Search
Zip Recruiter www.ziprecruiter.comJob Search Engine
Career Builderwww.careerbuilder.comJob Search Engine

LinkedIn Resources

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Leverage the world's largest professional network to build relationships and connect with professional opportunities.  Use LinkedIn Jobs to navigate this virtual professional network, learn about your connections within a company or industry, and you gain an edge in your job search. Click here to access LinkedIn's job network and be sure to add Gardner-Webb University Career as a connection!


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Discover your earning potential with LinkedIn Salary. Explore salaries by job title and location. See how years of experience, industry, location and more can impact your salary. Click here to learn more.

Want to learn more?  Use the resources on the Students and Alumni pages to be career-ready.