General Job Search Strategies

Students posing at Career Fair
Our job search strategies are here to help relieve some stress and guide you in the right direction.

Searching for a job can be a time-consuming process. Before you begin applying, you need to have an idea about what you are looking for. You must know your yourself - your skills, interests and abilities and how you would like to use them in a career. You also should conduct research on employers and the career fields that interest you. There are many ways to identify job opportunities and we encourage you to use more than one approach to locate opportunities that fit your needs. The articles, handouts and websites listed below will help you get started.

When you begin to apply for jobs, you will need targeted resumes and cover letters. For guidance, read about job search skills, meet with a career advisor for a resume or cover letter review or check out our Media Library.

Job Search Policies and Best Practices

Job Search How To’s

Researching Employers

The resources below are a starting point for learning more about various companies. In addition to making use of the internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in to learn more about specific organizations.

Job Search Websites

There are many job search Web sites available to you. Here are a few to get you started. For resources specific to your major, see the related websites page. Please exercise caution and common sense when searching online. Review these tips on avoiding job scams.

Fraudulent Employer Disclaimer Statement

All job/internship postings to Handshake are made by employers without endorsement, direct or implied, by Towson University Career Services or Towson University. The Handshake platform is provided free of charge to employers and student/alumni job seekers, and the university explicitly makes no representation or guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of information provided by employers. The university acts only as an intermediary between employers who post and candidates who seek job opportunities. It is the responsibility of students to perform due diligence in researching employers whenever applying for or accepting private, off-campus employment and to thoroughly research the facts and reputation of each organization to which they are applying (see this article: Tips on Avoiding Job Scams (PDF)). Students should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position. Towson University is not responsible for employers’ representations or guarantees with regard to job postings.

If you suspect a position is fraudulent, please contact the Towson University Career Center. If you believe you are the victim of fraud from a job listing, please contact the police immediately.