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Career Guidance Resources: 6. Job Hunting

Career Guidance for Merritt

Your Job Search

Now that you've done self-assessment and career-assessment, you've prepared yourself to leave school with the education, training, skills, and experiences you need. Now, you're ready for your job hunt.  

The job hunt consists of:

  • identifying and understanding prospective employers
  • identifying job opportunities
  • preparing a resume
  • preparing for the interview
  • knowing the prevailing salary rates
  • developing a network of contacts and supporters.


Social Media Sites for your Job Search

According to the Association of Colleges and Employers student survey conducted in 2012, almost one quarter (24%) of the class of 2012 college graduates used social media to conduct research on potential employers. 

Diversity Employers March 2014 issue published this helpful article,

3 Ways Social Media Can Help You Land Your Dream Job.

Here are links to some leading social media job search sites.

LinkedIn offers a free monthly webinar that will show you how to use LinkedIn to be more visible to recruiters and hiring managers. Watch this Youtube video to learn how to use LinkedIn.

This ebook covers LinkedIn in more detail,  "I'm on LinkedIn, Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn."  has an app called Social Jobs. This app is part of FB's partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and other organizations. 


Job Search Videos

Watch these streaming videos from Films on Demand logo image

"Log On for Success: Using Internet Job Sites"  an 18 minute film containing these segments:

            Using Online Job Sites: Part 1 (4 minutes 27 seconds)

            Using Online Job Sites: Part 2  (2 minutes 42 seconds)       

            Benefits of Online Job Sites (1 minute 40 seconds)

            Review of Steps for Online Job Search (2 minutes 38 seconds)

Opportunities in the Job Search - A 28 minute film divided into 9 short video segments.

Effective Use of the Telephone in Your Job Search -  a 22 minute film divided into 6 short video segments.

Effective Job Search for People with Disabilities - a 26 minute film divided into 10 short video segments.

Job Search Books at the Merritt Library

Notable Websites is the place to go if you are seeking a career, internship, or volunteer opportunity with a non-profit organziation.

The website is published by Autism Speaks a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to  autism science and advocacy. This career site is aimed for people with Autism.

Careers in California Government. The offical site for the state of California. is the offical government site for finding and securing a job with the Federal Government. Once on USAjobs, be sure to do a keyword search for "pathsways" a program designed to help enrolled college students gain practical experience while being paid.

Online Employment Sites

This article " 10 Best Job Search Websites" by Robert Half -  a top placement firm - lists its choice of  job hunting websites. 

Read Forbes magazine's 2013 list that reviews "The 100 Top Websites for Your Career."

  • CareerBuilder -  "More than 24 million unique visitors a month find new jobs and obtain career advice."


  • - "Indeed enables you to search jobs posted on 1,000's of websites....over 180 million unique visitors every month"


  • -  "[we] have expanded from our roots as a "job board" to a global provider of a full array of job seeking, career management, recruitment..."


  • Simplyhired - "our site has over 30 million unique visitors each month, and each year those visitors perform over one billion job searches"