The best way to make sure you wind up with the job you want is to find out as much as you can about the employment opportunities you're considering. It is also important to come into the search with a resume and cover letter that accurately detail your skills and experience in order to help you secure an interview. Review the Document Library and additional resources to get started.
Protecting Yourself from Employment/Internship Scams
Throughout the year the Career Education Office works to verify employment and internship opportunities for you in order to ensure that each opportunity we post is truthful and enhances your skills and experience. Every so often we locate a scam or are notified by another local college about a possible employment/internship scam. While the CEO will make every effort to ensure that employers and job postings are legitimate, the CEO is not responsible for the accuracy of employer and job information contained on Goucher Recruit. The providers of Goucher Recruit (NACE and Symplicity) and the CEO do not screen employers or job postings. The best way to protect yourself from an employment/internship scam is to practice vigilance before applying. For this reason we want to ensure that you are taking the measures necessary to identify scams before they become unfortunate situations.
Tips for Identifying Job/Internship Scams
- Research the company and job. Can you locate the company and does the job posting seem to fit? Is the contact information provided in the listing accurate to the main company information?
- The email address associated is not the same url associated with the company
- The posting focuses only on the benefits, not the actual requirements
- The employer asks you to deposit a check for them once you are hired (If the check turns out to be fake or bounces, you may be responsible for items deposited into or cashed against your accounts)
- The employer requires you to pay money up front or to use your bank account
- When you contact the employer/are hired, the job requirements aren't what was stated in the ad
- If it seems too good to be true, it just might be
Protecting Yourself from Scams
- Bring the posting to the Career Education Office for review if you're uncertain
- Search for the email address/phone number/company online- does the company come up in your results? Is any of the information reported as a scam? Does the posting seem to fit with the companies mission?
- Do not provide any personal information unless you feel 100% comfortable with your employer
- Check their references just as they may ask to check yours - Ask to speak with current or previous employees
If you learn about an employment/internship scam please report it to the CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. For more information on job scams or to report a job scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission.
If you find yourself victim to an employment/internship scam, please report it to the CEO at email@example.com. View these resources on Fraud Victim 6 Step Recovery and Avoid Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for additional support.
PSA from the FBI: Employment scam targeting college students remains prevalent
Business Journal Directory
From the Baltimore Business Journal website, check out this searchable database of companies in a wide range of industries from various metropolitan areas.
CollegeGrad.com's list of annual list of top entry level companies
Check out the top 500 Entry Level Employers updated annually by CollegeGrad.com.
Fortune Magazine's List of Best Companies
Check out Fortune Magazine's annual ranking of best companies.
Research hundreds of companies to learn about the overall organization, average salaries, interview tips, and read anonymous employee reviews.
Protecting Yourself from Scam Employers
Provided by the Experience network, this article offers suggestions on how to avoid scam employers and job postings.
Vault.com provides industry, company, and interview information. From off-campus, you will be redirected to a login page asking for your Goucher username and password. Once your credentials are verified Vault will open. If it does not, you might need to clear your cache.
Negotiating Your Salary
One of the trickiest parts of any job interview is the salary discussion. The best way to prepare yourself to sail smoothly through it is to go in with a clear idea of what you want and what you can reasonably expect. The links below will give you an idea of what various kinds of organizations pay for various kinds of work, and you can always contact the CEO to refine your ideas, based on your experience, about how much money to request.
College Grad Negotiations
Site covers everything you need to know to negotiate your salary and benefits.
Search through hundreds of companies to research salary information for specific positions.
See a detailed breakdown of salaries by job title and location.
NACE Salary Survey (PDF)
Compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), this survey provides information on salary offers in a wide range of career fields. This is a great tool to use when preparing for salary negotiations.
NACE Salary Calculator Center
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Salary Calculator Center is the hub for compensation data, with salary data for more than 500 occupations in 560 regions of the United States. Datasets are updated monthly to ensure consistently accurate data. Select the appropriate salary calculator to begin your compensation planning.
From Jobhuntingadvice.com, this page offers a step-by-step plan of how to approach the negotiation process.
Salary Negotiation Guide (from NYU Wagner)
This "how to" guide provides information about how to approach a successful salary negotiation process.
Goucher College makes no representations or guarantees about positions listed by the Career Education Office (including part-time or full-time employment opportunities and internships), either on the website or in the CEO office. Goucher is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of students to research the integrity and safety of the organizations to which they are applying. Students are advised to use caution and common sense when applying for any position with an organization or a private party.
This web site also contains links to other web sites not under the control of the Career Education Office and we are not responsible for the content of any linked site. The CEO provides these links only as a convenience and assumes no liability for acts or omissions by third parties or for any material supplied by them.