What are some of the best websites for a Mustang to go to when looking for work? According to Carole Moore, College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) career counselor, you can find the best links on the Cal Poly Career Services website. Under the “For Students” tab, you can find various resources for students searching for jobs.
“Any websites that we like, that we think are cool, we put on our website,” Moore said.
The Job Listing Links page, found in the “For Students” tab is a comprehensive page where you can find links for general job listings, regional listings, newspaper listings, California listings as well as a break down of job listing links by specific fields, like agriculture and environment or sports and recreation.
“They are all a little different and people use what they are comfortable with,” Moore said. “Those are our favorites.”
Moore said she likes to meet with students and find them several opportunities as well as aid them in creating a resume, customizing cover letters, following up and just being involved in the process.
“I don’t need to find hundreds and hundreds of jobs, students do though,” she said. “You guys need to find all these jobs and get your résumés out. You really need to front-load those résumés and have all that good information, so the employer is interested from the start.”
Mustang Jobs/Career Services (CareerServices.calpoly.edu)
Available to only Cal Poly students, this website provides not only job listings with on-campus interviews, but information on workshops, company networking sessions, sample résumés, career fairs and internships as well. To login just use your Cal Poly student ID.
“Those employers are specifically coming to us for our students,” Moore said. “So that is all about Cal Poly students. The difficulty with that is it’s very career trends driven. There are not necessarily opportunities for every single graduate.”
These websites are easy to use, and only require you to plug in two things: what job you want and where you want it. Both sites index job listings for free. You can sign in using your Facebook account on each.
“Simply Hired is the best, I think, and there are just pages and pages and pages and pages of stuff,” Moore said.
While she cautions students about its controversies, Moore likes Craigslist for its simple user interface. Not only can you find jobs, but you can also post your résumé. Uloop is similar, but you need an “.edu” email in order to register for an account.
“(Craigslist) is so easy to negotiate,” Moore said. “Easy and current is what we like. We don’t want to see lots of old jobs, we want to see real current, brand new listings, updated; and we want it easy and we want it free.”
Monster.com has a website specifically dedicated to college students and recent graduates called “Monster College” (college.monster.com). CareerBuilder is similar and allows you to post your résumé.
“I believe a lot of industry uses Monster and CareerBuilder to find applicants, so it’s good to be on those,” Moore said. “Those are good to actually have your resume available for employers to grab.”
SLO Jobs (www.SLOJobs.com)
Local Web sites are good for current students or those who want to stay in the area.
However, “if you look too often it kind of looks like there is nothing new,” Moore said.
This is one of Moore’s favorite websites, especially for Cal Poly students who haven’t started a career yet. It lists volunteer opportunities and internships as well as jobs.
“The reason I like this website is that it tells you exactly what’s on here,” Moore said. “You can search and you can say what and where and this is truly global. Let’s say that you want to go to Europe, you get to pick what country.”
While O*Net is not a job listing site, it can be used for job research.
“It’ll tell you exactly what they do and in excoriating detail, really about what the job entails,” Moore said. “When you find a position and you really want to know ‘Well, what do they do exactly?’ O*Net is a great resource for that.”