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There are lots of job/internship websites out there that have helpful information and listings geared toward entry-level job seekers.
Most companies and professional organizations, for example, post job and internship opportunities on their own websites and/or on larger job-posting websites. You’ll also find many independent websites that focus partially or exclusively on job and internship listings geared toward college students and recent graduates.
Some websites you may want to use:
- LinkedIn: Combine your job/internship search with networking and find out who you’re connected with at an organization of interest.
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: This site offers a thorough listing of jobs and internships at nonprofits throughout the state.
- Idealist: This site features local, national, and international nonprofit and NGO (non-governmental organization) jobs, internships, and volunteer roles.
- USAJobs: This is the official job search website of the United States government.
- GoinGlobal—Access this resource through GoldPASS powered by Handshake to find geographically relevant job/internship sites as well as other location-specific job search advice.
- Career field-specific websites: Job and internship search sites, as well as professional organizations, have been curated for eight different career fields; use this resource to find opportunities that are relevant for what industry you want to work in.
- Major-specific websites: Job and internship search sites, as well as professional organizations, have been curated for each of the CLA majors; use this resource to find opportunities that are relevant for your majors and minors.
- GoldPASS powered by Handshake: A free search database of jobs, internships, and volunteer positions for UMN students and alumni
Go ahead and use these sites if you’d like. But limit the amount of time you spend on them. And remember the key pros and cons of using job search websites:Prs
Check Out Our “Federal Employment Search Tips” Handout
Looking for a concise, interactive guide on finding a job with the federal government? Check out the Federal Employment Search Tips handout.
The U of M has put together several websites geared toward the unique career needs of students (and others) from specifically identified populations.
If you identify as a member of any of the following groups, be sure you also check out these job search resources for underrepresented populations:
- Students with disabilities
- LGBTQIA students
- Multicultural students
- Women students
- Veteran students
- International students
Also check out our Navigating Identity in the Job Search resources.
Staffing agencies hire for temporary and permanent positions on behalf of other organizations. Many companies/organizations use these agencies—rather than their own internal recruiters—to fill open positions.
Staffing agencies typically offer temporary, contract, and direct-hire positions. They generally fill professional positions as well as administrative jobs (although the offerings of various agencies do vary considerably, depending on their niche).
If you choose to work with a staffing agency, do your research and ask questions to find the one that best fits your needs.
Be sure as well to work only with those agencies that do not charge you, the job seeker. Staffing agency fees are typically paid by the employers that work with the agencies.
Working with a staffing agency has its own pros and cons:
If you do decide to work with a staffing agency, you can use GoldPASS powered by Handshake to identify potential agencies to contact. Here’s how:
- Click on the “Jobs” tab at the top of the GoldPASS page.
- On the screen that follows, click on the “Employers” tab.
- On the next page, on the left-hand side of the screen, look for the “Labels” notation at the bottom of the white column.
- Click on “View all.” (Note: If you don’t see an option to “View all,” you’ll first need to click the carat (^) sign to the right of the word “Labels.”)
- On the “All Options” screen that pops up, click the “third party recruiter” box, then click “Done.”
You’ll now see GoldPASS’s full list of vetted third-party recruiters (i.e., staffing agencies).