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:
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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Use the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to get information on job outlooks. You can also use this site to get a general idea of job opportunities and quickly see the educational requirements.
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.
Cost of living calculator - use this to compare the cost of living with Roanoke.
Consult the Hollins Career Center for help preparing your resume and cover letter. Below are some general tips:
List adapted from ASPCA's "Entering Job Market" suggestions.