Search Websites and Resources

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Job/Internship Websites

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

Pros Cons
  • They offer an easy way to see who’s hiring and explore various roles in an organization.
  • They may allow you to post your résumé for prospective employers to review.
  • Many of the sites also offer job search agents that notify you by email or text when a position is posted that meets your criteria.
  • You may not get a response from the employers that use these sites.
  • The information you see about open positions may not be complete or up to date.
  • You may find yourself putting so much time into using these sites that you neglect more effective, productive job search strategies such as networking and informational interviewing.

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. 

Job Search Resources for Diverse Populations

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:

Also check out our Navigating Identity in the Job Search resources.

Staffing Agencies

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:

Pros Cons
  • Most agencies offer an extremely personal approach and will help you with your résumé, interview preparation, and job fit.
  • You can gain short-term professional experience, perhaps with a variety of organizations.
  • A staffing agency can help you secure a position quickly if you’re moving to a new city without a job.
  • Many temporary agency contracts offer no benefits.
  • Immediate job openings may require you to start work right away.
  • Though temporary positions may lead to full-time employment, there are no guarantees.

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).