Personal Career Growth
The Washington University in St. Louis Career Center continues to provide resources for improving job search skills even after students have graduated. See our Career Tools section for more information on how to improve your resume and cover letter, portfolio, networking and interview skills. You can also find more online resources or schedule an advising appointment by calling (314) 935-5930.
Below are a variety of external resources to aid you in your job search. Job search sites and search firms are both great places to direct you to available positions.
Job search sites include posted positions and are used by companies to source candidates. Sites can be both general and industry specific. Below is a sample of some job search sites.
General sites include:
The Ladders (100K+ positions)
Industry-specific sites include:
The Green Careers Center
ComputerJobs with JobServe
Volunteering and Nonprofit Careers
Search firms are paid by the hiring organization and find candidates through postings and proactive sourcing. These fall into two categories:
Many organizations specialize in temporary and/or contract workers, including Kelly Services, Robert Half, Accountemps, Ajilon, Spherion, Manpower, etc. You can search for a larger list of these organizations on Google or research databases such as Hoovers.
These positions fall into two categories:
- Temporary positions are limited in length, used perhaps to fill in for an employee on vacation or complete a project.
- Contract positions could have an end date or be more open, depending on the role. These positions might request specific skills and technical abilities.
Search Skills Resources
Below are some recommended external resources such as books and websites that can help you hone your job search skills.
Job Search Books
- Change your Job, Change Your Life: Careering and Re-careering in the New Boom/Bust Economy, Ron Krannich, Ph.D.
- What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters & Career Changers, Richard Nelson Bolles
Interviewing Skills Books
- The 250 Job Interview Questions, Peter Veruki
- Winning Job Interviews: Reduce Interview Anxiety/Outprepare the Other Candidates/Land the Job You Love, Paul Powers
- Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You’ll Ever Need, Harvey Mackey
- Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job, Orville Pierson
- Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer, Susan Britton Whitcomb
- Gallery of Best Resumes: A Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers, David F. Noble
Cover Letter Books
- Gallery of Best Cover Letters: A Collection of Quality Cover Letters by Professional Resume Writers, David F. Noble
- Adams Cover Letter Almanac, Richard Wallace
Search Firms Reference Book
- LinkedIn, a business professional networking site where you create a business profile.
- Facebook, a social avenue but can also be used to network. A professional business profile is recommended.