Skip Navigation

Help Me Job Hunt



Job Search Strategies & Tools

Searching for a new job can make you feel overwhelmed. It’s hard to feel a sense of control when it seems others are determining your career fate. Whether you are new to or revisiting the job search process, there are ways to maintain control and better organize your various job search methods. Here are three tips:

  • Base your actions on well-researched factual information. Don’t expect different results by doing the same thing again and again.
  • Be proactive. Focus your search by creating a list of target companies in the geographic location you are interested in working.
  • Develop a plan of action. Use various search methods instead of only through job board sites. Engage your network and consider your game plan.





Handshake   is the SBU Career Center's database of entry-level and experienced full-time jobs, volunteer positions and more. Features also include an employer directory and events calendar. 

How to Log In as an Alum: Reset your Handshake Password




Job Search Plan

Searching for your desired job comes down to developing a proper strategy. The best job search is a combination of networking, targeting employers you want to work for AND applying for positions that are posted. Use the checklist below to help you organize your job/internship search, learn about various career options, identify potential employers, and find job listing sites relevant to your career goals. Following the checklist will maximize your success.

Your job search will be more effective if you first take the time to create a plan. Make a weekly or daily schedule of job search activities. This plan will help you keep on track during your search. Here is a sample job search plan:


BLUE = NETWORKING | GREEN = Market Intel | ORANGE = Career Plan Mgmt. | PURPLE = Wellness

TIP:   Use Trello to manage your job search .   Click here  for a job search sample board.




Click here  to learn more see a great sample resume for a mid-level employee.


Cover Letter

What is a Cover Letter?

A cover letter is a targeted letter that introduces you and your resume to a specific prospective employer. Cover letters are often required by employers as part of a job application along with a resume and sometimes, work samples. Even when not specifically requested by an employer, they are highly recommended. As the first communication between you and a prospective employer, a cover letter should convey professionalism and strong written communications ability while introducing yourself and explaining your credentials.


Five Benefits of a Cover Letter

Browse Sample Cover Letters



You’ve gotten yourself an interview! Congratulations! You’re well on your way to securing an awesome job. An interview is simply an employer’s way of getting to know the candidates for a job, so they may select the best fit for their organization’s needs. Think of an interview as a final examination. It’s your chance to show a potential employer that you’ve got what it takes to be a part of their organization. Like any examination, the interview is best taken when you’re well prepared. While there’s no way of knowing exactly what questions you will be asked (just like a college final!) you can follow 10 simple rules to help you give your best performance possible!

The 10 Rules of Successful Interviewing

In the Days Before Your Interview

The Day of Your Interview

After Your Interview

Self-Help Interview Resources




Why Do You Need LinkedIn?

1. Online Presence

Nowadays, recruiting is increasingly done via technology. In order to demonstrate your versatility in the changing job market, it’s important to have a  professional  online presence . Many employers now perform background checks by simply entering your name into a search engine. By making a LinkedIn profile, you can guarantee that the first search result is work appropriate and further advertises your skills.


2. Networking

LinkedIn is a way to   network with employers, mentors, professors, peers, or other people in your industry. It’s also extremely useful in finding and networking with alumni, who can be key advocates and mentors for you in your professional career. You never know who you might meet through your LinkedIn network—in some cases, you could get an interview!

3. Job Search

LinkedIn is also a   platform for job postings; while you’re job hunting, check out open positions in your industry by searching for them on LinkedIn. LinkedIn also provides statistical information on each employer like common positions, company headquarters, past and present employees, and much more! After doing research, you can apply to positions that you’re interested in with your LinkedIn profile and uploaded resume.