Job Search

Jefferson graduates are highly sought after by top companies and nonprofit organizations. With the help of the professional in the Marianne Able Career Services, we encourage student to develop a job-search strategy to help make the job search shorter, more manageable and much more rewarding.

  1. Use the Career Services Center's job and internship database, Handshake. Using Handshake first allows you to find opportunities that were posted by employer who have an interest in Jefferson students and alumni.
  2. Use job/employment websites that search the internet for positions based on key words that the user plugs into the search box. They can be general search sites like and
  3. Make a list of companies and positions that you are interested in working at/in and learning more about. Having this focused list will allow you to keep track of your progress within the job search and application process.
  4. Networking is vital for a job seeker’s success. 70% of all positions are filled by word of mouth. To learn more about how to incorporate networking into your job search, read the networking and informational interviewing guides.

Start your search: Use our JOB SEARCH GUIDE to organize & implement your search

  • Identify the job function and industry you’re interested, the type of company you’d like to work for and your ideal location.
  • Develop a list of target companies you want to apply to. Use Occupational Outlook Handbook; Resources by Major; Plunkett Research; and LinkedIn to find companies of interest.
  • Once you’ve formulated your strategy and have an idea of how you’re going to approach your job search, take advantage of the resources at your fingertips and most importantly use your network.

Research tools:  

*Note: Resources accessed from off-campus connections may need to log in using their individual Jefferson username/password is the #1 entry level job site, with extensive information on careers, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, salary information, employer research and entry level job postings. 

Plunkett Research Online  - Industry and company research - Tool used to research jobs, salary, and interview questions for positions and companies
Going Global - International careers and country specific guide
Philadelphia Creative Guide - Local design companies
O*NET Online

Comprehensive job sites:

Career Builder

Regional job sites:

Bizjournal - Philadelphia Business Directory
Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia - Directory of Philadelphia businesses committed to sustainability
U.S. Chambers of Commerce - Chamber member directory
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 

Non profit job sites: - database of non profit jobs, internships, and volunteer positions - database of non profit jobs, internships, and volunteer positions
USA Jobs - Official Government Job Search Site

International job resources:

The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas
Going Global
My Visa Jobs

Salary resources:
NACE Salary Calculator Center - The National Association of Colleges and Employers offers the most accurate compensation data available.
Payscale - Create salary reports as a job candidate, as an employee, as a job seeker
Quintessential Careers Salary Negotiation Tutorial
The Creative Group Salary Guide

The Career Service Center is not responsible for the content on the websites listed above. The above links are provided as a courtesy to visitors.


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