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UMass CareerConnect  |  A Word of Caution  | Additional Job Search Resources

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.

CareerConnect Find jobs and internshipsUMass Amherst CareerConnect

Enter CareerConnect here, or from our front page.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. Tailored to UMass Amherst students, the jobs can be searched by UMass major. This is the same database you may have used when looking for internship and co-op opportunities.

Downloadable PDFs on how to best use CareerConnect are available on our Handouts Page.

A Word of Caution

Please read this Public Announcement from the FBI regarding employment scams targeting college students

Complete University of Massachusetts Amherst disclaimer regarding job and internship postings - downloadable .pdf

Career Services does our best to research the integrity of positions listed in CareerConnect, but if an offer or posting seems “too good to be true,” be cautious.

  • Never give out any personal or banking information.
  • Never agree to deposit a check or money order into your bank account from a company to start the work.
  • Never agree to send money to another individual.

If an employer asks you to do any of the above, please contact UMass Career Services immediately at 413-545-2224, and forward any suspicious emails to

Besides letting Center Career Services know, here is information from UMass Amherst  IT on tips and what to do if you become a victim:

What is phishing (not just email messages) -
Protect yourself against phishing -
Latest phishng scams – examples -
How to report or check in on questionable info -

Gaining Access to CareerConnect

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.

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Additional Job Search Resources

In addition to UMass Amherst CareerConnect there are many other websites where you can search for positions or post your resume.​


CareerBuilder Network
College Grad
Quintessential Careers
LinkedIn Jobs

ZipRecruiiter - $5 monthly fee, D.C. area jobs

Massachusetts Only

Massachusetts Jobs By Zip Code
Boston Job Source
Massachusetts Job Quest

Part Time/Local - Western, MA

Western Mass Jobs
Student Freelance


Nursing and Healthcare Services

Browse Liquid Compass Professional Exchange, the largest collection of job openings in healthcare for CNAs and EMTs, through RN graduates. Searchable by state. Updated daily.

Additional 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

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.”

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