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.
It’s important to review all job announcements carefully, as scammers advertise jobs and internships where legitimate employers do — online, in newspapers, and even on TV and radio. Use this link to learn how to tell whether a job or internship lead may be a scam. Contact the CEO to discuss concerns about position announcements.
Searching for Remote Work
You may want to consider remote or freelance work as you begin your search. These resources will help you get started.
Positions in marketing, writing, data entry, design and more. Click on the + sign to filter by entry level, freelance or part-time.
Remote jobs in design, customer support, marketing/sales, product management and tech.
Freelance gigs in graphic design, video & animation, music & audio, business and more.
- Hubstaff Talents
Freelance positions by skills, such as social media, writing, content creation, Excel and many more.
Short or longer term projects in design/creative, writing, data science/analytics, and others.
Locating Job Openings
Job Search Sites (General)
- Indeed - Go to Advanced Job Search and find “work setting” filter.
- LinkedIn - Click “Search”, which opens the search filters at the top. Go to “All Filters” and find “Commute” as a new option
- Google for Jobs - Click the blue bar to access search filters
- Zip Recruiter
Researching Professional Opportunities
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.
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.
Learning how to Network
LinkedIn is a terrific resource for online, professional networking. It provides a great opportunity to connect with professionals in various different fields and levels. Sign up & create a profile to get started. LinkedIn Jobs can also be a useful tool to help you connect with employers that are looking for candidates that match your experience, jobs with your skill sets, and Goucher alumni working at those employers and in those jobs.
Preparing for Interviews
Although every job interview is different, there are some common elements that appear in most and some things you can do to prepare yourself for much of what your prospective employers might ask.
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.
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 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.
Salary Negotiation Guide (from NYU Wagner)
This "how to" guide provides information about how to approach a successful salary negotiation process.
Salary Negotiation Scripts for Any Role
Basic steps to give you a good idea of what to expect when you’re going through the process of negotiating your salary.
Learn what employers are paying for jobs you're interested in.
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 Handshake. The providers of Handshake (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
- Read this article about spotting scams
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. View these resources on Fraud Victim 6 Step Recovery and Avoid Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for additional support.
Protecting Yourself from Scam Employers
Scammers advertise jobs where legitimate employers do — online, in newspapers, and even on TV and radio. Learn how to tell whether a job lead may be a scam.
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. This is particularly important during the current coronavirus pandemic. 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.