Searching for jobs through online portals, websites, and newspaper ads is only one part of the process of finding a job. Using these resources should not be the primary way you look for a position. Instead, use them as part of a process that includes networking and building experience.
UMass Amherst CareerConnect
At Career Services, we first direct students to look for job opportunities through UMass Amherst CareerConnect, an interactive database that allows you to search for jobs all over the country as well as international opportunities. This is the same database you may have used when looking for internship and co-op opportunities. When you enter through the Career Services portal you will find the site tailored to UMass Amherst students, with calendar and events listings and flags indicating jobs posted by our office.
Download our How to Use UMass Amherst CareerConnect (PDF) for tips on how to best use our database.
Access to UMass Amherst CareerConnect
The UMass Amherst CareerConnect portal page provides instructions, but the following overview will give you an idea of what to expect.
To log in for the first time use your Net ID and password. This should be the same ID and password which you use to log into SPIRE.
Other Job Searching Resources
In addition to UMass Amherst CareerConnect/eRecruiting there are many other ways where you can search for positions or post your resume.
Going Global – worldwide jobs and internships database
* Enter through UMass Amherst CareerConnect
THE JOB SEEKER - Environmental Jobs Service
* login as USER=subscriber and PW=spitz
Boston Job Source
Criminal Justice School Information
Massachusetts Job Quest
Specialty Job Boards
In many cases, employers will place their job listings on specialty job boards that cater to their occupational field, rather than generalized job listings sites. There are hundreds of specialty job banks online. To find one for your field of interest, try a Google search using your occupation. For example, if you’re interested in jobs in environmental issues, search for “environment jobs.” Or try “finance jobs” if you’re looking for a career in finance. You can also search for the type of sector in which you’d like to work, such as “non-profit jobs” or “adventure jobs.”
Professional associations are one of the most frequently overlooked sources of job listings. It is becoming increasingly common for employers to post jobs through associations, and in many cases, these are the only places they post. In addition, association Web sites often include discussions groups that feature job postings and important career advice. You can find professional associations in your intended occupation by talking to faculty members or people already in the field. You will also find many through a Google search. Search for “professional association” “professional organization” and your field(s) of interest and you will find a wide range of resources.
For access to newspapers in the U.S. and around the world, go to Newspapers Online.
Company Web Sites
If you’re interested in working for a particular company or organization, go to their Web site. Most employers will post openings on their own Web sites first, since this does not cost them anything. Look for links in the navigation such as “human resources” or “career opportunities.”