Keep an open mind as you search for job opportunities. The writing, critical thinking skills, groups projects, and research skills you've learned at Hollins will allow you to apply for a wide array of job opportunities. Think back to any positive experiences you've had related to internships, work study, previous work experience, or class projects - could any of those lead you to a job? What parts of the job did you like most? Try to brainstorm keywords related to those experiences when searching for a job.
Below are some job you may be qualified for:
Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteer
affirmative action assistant
alumni relations worker
college placement worker
extension service specialist
public health educator
student personnel worker
consumer relations worker
data entry manager
human resources manager
labor relations staffer
public relations staffer
social media strategist
Indeed.com is a national job search engine. You can use keywords or select a location to narrow down your search. On the search results page you can use filters to narrow down the results even more (note: use the filter "Entry Level"):
Where else can I look? If you know a particular sector you would like to work in, there may be specific search engines for you use. For example, if you'd like to work in Higher Education you could search HigherEdJobs.com or ChronicleVitae.com. Interested in a job with the government or local municipality? Search a specific city's job website (e.g. Roanoke) or search USAJobs.com for federal jobs. For nonprofit jobs, try Idealist.com.
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Before you move or accept a job offer, you need to think carefully about the cost of living in your area and your net (take home) pay. Use the calculator's below to help you:
ADP's Paycheck Calculator - be sure to select the correct state and fill in the annual salary. To get an idea of how much you will take home per month, set your pay frequency to monthly. This calculator will give you a general idea of your after-tax salary. This does not account for health insurance or retirement deductions.
Consult the Hollins Career Center for help preparing your resume and cover letter. Below are some general tips:
Prepare a resume. Emphasize broad analytical and communication skills. Highlight internship and job experiences. Ask an advisor or college career counselor to critique your resume. Make sure you have no grammatical or spelling errors.
Put together a sample cover letter. While a cover letter should be tailored to the specific job to which you are applying, it can be helpful to write a sample letter. Cover letters should be no more than one page and are primarily an opportunity to show how your skills match specific job requirements. Be sure to show your skills, rather than stating them. (For example, instead of listing “team player” as a skill you could write about contributions you made to a successful team project.) Be sure to proofread your cover letters for spelling and grammar. Ask a professor or advisor to proofread and critique your letter, too.
Seek an internship with a business or organization that interests you. Internships provide valuable work experience and potential professional references.
Begin searching online to explore potential job opportunities.
Tap into your networks. Alumni groups, acquaintances, and mentors can be valuable sources of career advice. Consider requesting informational interviews with acquaintances whose careers you would like to emulate. Professional networking sites like LinkedIn are also useful for researching potential career paths and contacts.