11 Tips for Finding Hidden Job and Internship Opportunities

Finding job openings is easy. The challenge is standing out from the crowd and finding opportunities with less competition.Here are 10 tips to help you find some of the hidden opportunities.

1. Handshake: Just log in with your JMU eID and password to find jobs and internships, upload your resume to be discovered by employers, and find out when employers will be on campus so that you can get face time with them. You can even subscribe to email updates when jobs or internships are posted that meet your search criteria.

2. On-Campus Interviews: Some of the employers who post jobs on Handshake also come to JMU to interview students so that they don’t have to travel to Northern Virginia or farther for their job interviews. Apply on Handshake.

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3. Facebook Groups: While these two accounts are not managed by a JMU office, they are a place that a lot of JMU alumni post jobs and internships: JMU Nation Duke2Duke Jobs and JMU Jobs and Internships.

4. Find Positions by Major: This very helpful page contains job/internship search engines organized by major.

5. Find Positions by City: If you are looking for a job in a particular geographic area, this is a page for you. It also includes suggestions for job hunting in the Harrisonburg area.

6. Work or Study Abroad: This page on the CAP website offers resources for those interested in jobs or internships overseas, country-specific career and employment information, worldwide internship and job postings, H1B VISA employer listings, and more!

7. Internships and Summer Jobs: Browse internships, summer jobs, and other short-term opportunities.

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8. Federal Jobs & Internships: With over 2.5 million civilian employees, the federal government is the largest employer in the United States! In order to succeed in this specialized job market, make sure that you know how to effectively conduct a federal search and get hired!

9. Campus Opportunities: Part-time jobs and volunteering on campus and in the Harrisonburg area.

10. Networking is about talking to friends, family, employers, colleagues, etc.) about your career goals and seeing where it leads. Check out the Networking page on the CAP website for advice on using LinkedIn for networking.

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11. Check out our identity-based job search resources:

Good luck on your job search!

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