Job and Intern Searching
There are many ways to search and apply for a job or internship. We have outlined some online resources below, as well as other ways in which you can develop connections which can lead to potential job opportunities. Here are a few tips to remember:
- Make your job search a priority. Be an active job seeker by searching and applying for positions no less than every two days.
- Be informed about job trends and unemployment information in geographic areas of interest - understand your Job Market Competition. Be realistic about your future job prospects.
- Make sure your resume is ready for public consumption. Have it reviewed by someone in Career Services!
- Network with friends, family, faculty, and University staff via appropriate social media such as LinkedIn.
- Attend the Business Career Fair and other University career fairs available to you each fall and spring.
- Read through these tips provided to you on how to start a successful job search.
- Be aware of job scams / employment fraud, as well as employment law.
- Understand what harassment is as defined by the University of Arkansas Office of Affirmative Action. Visit http://oeoc.uark.edu or download the harassment policy.
Handshake is here!
Handshake is the ultimate career network and recruiting platform for college students and young alumni! U of A students can search current part-time, full-time, co-op and internship job listings, as well as sign up for on-campus interviews and events. All current students have a profile on Handshake connected to the University of Arkansas and Sam M. Walton College of Business. You can customize by adding your resume, profile picture, career interests, work experiences, and more!
- How do I start using Handshake?
Login to Handshake using your uark username and password. If you are a first-time user, Handshake has some great resources to get started in their Help Center.
- How often should I check Handshake?
New opportunities are added daily, so you should check every few days at a minimum. You can also edit your default notification preferences to receive email notifications about specific changes to applications, events, interview schedules, and more.
- Are there other online job sites I should use besides Handshake?
Yes, there are national job sites and local Arkansas job sites that can be useful during the job search process. Check out our Job Sites page for additional resources. Just remember, employers listed in Handshake are seeking University of Arkansas students or graduates, check Handshake first!
- What documents are needed to use Handshake?
In order to apply for jobs in Handshake you will need to upload your resume. View How to Upload a Document for instructions on uploading your resume and other documents. Some organizations may also require a cover letter and/or a copy of your transcript. U of A students can request electronic versions of their transcripts online.
Walton Career Services coordinates on campus interviews throughout the fall and spring semesters. Employers will post positions in Handshake, then review applicants and select students to interview. Tips and expectations for on campus interviews:
- If you are selected for an on-campus interview, you are expected to arrive early for your interview.
- You should prepare for your interview by reviewing the interview tips on our website.
- You should present your best self in image, demeanor and attitude.
- You must cancel or change your interview time within 48 business hours of your interview time by contacting Walton Career Services.
- If you cancel your interview or do not show up for an interview within 48 hours of your interview time, your Walton Career Service privileges, including Handshake access, will be revoked until such time as the matter is resolved.
Online Job Search Sites & Resources
- Handshake: Search and apply for full-time, part-time and internship positions, and apply to be considered for on-campus interviews!
- Indeed.com: Find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. Using Indeed is just like using a general search engine like Google. You can quick-search from the Indeed home page using key words (such as job title and/or employer) in the 'What' box and/or a specific location in the 'Where' box. For additional tips, click here. For the mobile app, click here.
- Going Global: Resource for International Students Seeking H1B Visas. Going Global is a database containing H1B records from the US Department of Labor, searchable by industry, job title, company, state or metro regions, as well as H1B records salary information for sponsored positions and job and internship opportunities. These are the most recent records available, representing all companies who have submitted H1B visa applications for the prior 12 months. For tips on using the Going Global database, please review this step-by-step guide. (Note: You must be logged into the University of Arkansas' wireless network or an on-campus computer to gain access to the free database.)
- USAJobs.gov: Official job site of the US Federal Government - a one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. New users of USAJOBS are encouraged to visit the first timer's page. Veterans, please visit the Veteran's Resource Center. The mobile app is available here. (Articles of interest: USA Jobs, Work for America and Organizations Offer Information on Jobs With the State or Federal Government.)
- Disability.gov: Covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities, including: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities. (Article of Interest: Preemployment Inquiries Related to Disabilities.)
- View additional job search sites. But remember, employers listed in Handshake are seeking University of Arkansas students or graduates; check Handshake first!
- glassdoor.com gives you an inside look at jobs and companies. Anonymous reviews and salary data from employees and interview candidates.
- CareerBliss.com is a career community that empowers job seekers with jobs, reviews, and salaries, along with hundreds of career advice articles.
- PracticeReasoningTests.com is a free resource to help job seekers improve their performance at employer reasoning tests.
- LinkedIn: Your LinkedIn profile is your connection to over 70 million professionals in the
business world. This network can not only help you find a job, but GET a job.
- Mobile App: http://www.linkedin.com/mobile
- Twitter: Clicking on or searching for a certain hashtag in Twitter allows you to see all
of the tweets that contain the phrase; and you can use this feature in your job search!
Here are some examples of hashtags for job searching:
- #resume—use #resume with a description of yourself and/or a link to your resume.
- #tweetmyjobs—#tweetmyjobs has been tagged nearly a million times, so it is recommended to include it in your search! (You can also use TweetMyJobs-www.tweetmyjobs.com/-to receive new job openings when they are available. This is similar to a traditional job board, but culls the information and listings that are found on Twitter.)
- #jobs, #recruiting, #jobadvice, #jobposting, #jobhunt, and #jobsearch—you can narrow it down by using more specific hashtags, such as or #prjobs or #salesjobs, or by major #accounting.
- Industry Conferences—Many conferences now have their own hashtags. Promote your involvement
when watching a panel or speech you are attending or interested in, and connect with
other tweeters along the way. Whether you are attending the conference or not, you
can contribute to the conversation. By using Twitter for networking within an industry,
you can increase your chances of getting hired down the road. (Source: NACEweb.org)
- Mobile App: https://twitter.com/download
A RSS job feed can compliment your other job hunting methods by regularly bringing you targeted employment listings. When you find a good job web site that caters to your preferences, you can leverage the search results using RSS. There are a number of good job sites available. Some have unique content and others pull job listings from many sources. The best one varies by your industry and location. For example, if you're in the IT industry you might consider a specialized site like Dice.com, which wouldn't work for you if you're looking for an accounting job. Although many job listing sites offer feeds, they differ in implementation and information.
- Positions with Walmart: Searching for a job or internship with a large employer can sometimes feel overwhelming.
The following step-by-step directions may help you search and apply for positions
with Walmart Stores, Inc. Search and apply on-line at www.walmartstores.com/careers. By applying on-line, your resume will go directly to the recruiter responsible for
the positions that interest you. To assist you further, please review the following
- Go to www.walmartstores.com/careers, register with the site, and upload your resume
- Click on the "Select a Career" drop down box and select "Corporate" and then click "Apply Now"
- Select the "Employment Type(s)" you want, such as "Intern", then click "Refined Search"
- Add the job reqs that you are interested in to your "shopping cart"
- After you've selected them, you can go to your cart and submit all of them at the same time
- You can come back and apply for other positions as you find them
- Positions with Tyson Foods: You can search current openings, submit your resume and apply to full-time and internship opportunities directly through Tyson's website: www.tysonfoodscareers.com/.
- Positions with JB Hunt Transport: You can search career opportunities, including internships and positions for recent graduates and experienced professionals, on JB Hunt's website: www.jbhunt.jobs. Click here to view keyword suggestions to use when searching for jobs with JB Hunt.
- JobsInLogistics.com: Job/internship search site for those interested in careers within logistics.
- CPGjoblist.com: CPGjobs is the leading career site for professionals and employers in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry.
- Dice.com: Dice is the #1 technology job board. If you are a technology professional in areas such as Information Technology (IT), software, high tech, security, biotech, etc., Dice.com is a great resource.
- Corporate Finance Institute: CFI offers courses to give you practical skills, templates and tools to advance your career in finance or accounting. They offer several free resources, including: interactive career map, interview guides, getting hired in investment banking guide, and an Excel crash course.
- Indeed.com: Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. Any type of career for any industry can be found in Indeed.com.
- Additional job search sites
When you meet a new person in class, at a social event or even in the elevator, you have an opportunity to develop your network. Walton Career Services hopes you will view every opportunity to meet people as a chance to increase your business network. Each year, Walton Career Services brings in professionals from various businesses and industries to present various professional development topics, as well as assist students with development areas such as resume enhancement and interview skill building.
There are many more uses for networking than just "finding a job." Networking is an activity that takes place every day of our lives, whether job-related or not. Did you talk to someone at breakfast to review what might be on the upcoming exam? That's networking. Did you ask a librarian which reference materials would be the best in preparing a term paper? That's networking. Did you ask friends if they knew of anyone driving home for the weekend? That's networking.
Networking is already far more active in your life than you might have originally thought. The key to making it effective in your job search is to provide clear focus and direction. Following are several objectives to keep in mind when speaking with others about your job search:
- To make others aware of your job search and your career focus.
- To open up additional lines of communication in the job market.
- To increase your knowledge about a particular career field or industry.
- To find out more about potential employers.
- To discover hidden job opportunities.
- To open up the possibility of creating a job where none currently exists.
To achieve your networking objectives, you need to consider each contact with another human being as a potential opportunity to further expand your network. You will come in contact with other people each and every day. How you integrate that contact into your job search network will greatly determine your potential for overall success in your job search. And there are hundreds of people out there who are ready and willing to help.
Congratulations, you successfully made it through the recruiting process and have received a job offer! Now it is time to look at the offer and determine if you should accept it. While you may think the job offer consists strictly of salary, it is much more than that. Job applicants should consider the following when evaluating a job offer:
- Bonus Opportunity
- Profit Sharing/Stock Options
- Benefits (Medical, Life, etc.)
- Advancement/Promotion Opportunity
- Company Culture
- Location of Position
- Skills and Interests
- Company Turnover Rate
The right time to negotiate a job offer can also depend on many factors. You need to evaluate the job offer thoroughly prior to even considering negotiating with your potential employer. The one thing you do not want to happen is to offend the employer and have your offer retracted. A few factors to consider before you negotiate include:
- Your Work Experience
- Current Economic Climate
- Company's Financial Health
- Location of Position
Work experience is one factor you must consider before you start to negotiate. You should be cautious negotiating with a potential employer if you have applied for an entry level position with little (less than 1 year) or no work experience.
*Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.Contact us for assistance with job offer evaluation and negotiation!
For more information on job and intern searching, please review the following articles:
- A Student's Guide to Interviewing With Third-Party Recruiters
- Starting a Successful Job Search
- Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities As a Job Seeker
- Key Strategies for Job-Search Success
- Building Bridges: Networking Basics for the New Job Seeker
- The Networking Wish List
- Network for your Job Search
- Getting the Most Out of Your Job Search
- The Perfect Candidate Wish List
- Strategies for Succeeding in a Competitive Job Market