Resources for Job Searching
CareerShift. Chestnut Hill College is committed to bringing you the best resources available to help you in your job search. CareerShift offers the most comprehensive online resource, designed to support the # 1 request of job seekers: an easy to use web site to conduct and organize their job search. CareerShift’s set of tools and applications provide a very unique opportunity to job hunters. While other web services provides bits and pieces of the job hunt process, only CareerShift provides an easy-to-use approach for bringing all these parts together to crack the “hidden job market” and for managing the job hunt all in one place.
College Central. Chestnut Hill College, along with career centers of the eight member schools of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), participates in an online job resource called College Central. This resource can be used to create, post, edit, and forward your resume at no cost. Please click on the image to the right to access College Central.
Campus Philly. Campus Philly is a nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.
NaceLink. As a member institution of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, students and alums of Chestnut Hill College can access over 1,000 jobs per month on this site. Register as a first time user and create your profile by going here. When returning to NaceLink, you will again need to enter through this Web site.
Opportunity Knocks. View career opportunities in the non-profit sector by city, state, organization, or position type.
Idealist.org. A division of Action Without Borders, is the most comprehensive directory of non-profit and volunteering resources on the Web. This site links several hundred thousand nonprofit job seekers with information from over 40,000 organizations in 165 countries.
JobPostings. America's Student Job Site... Pick up your FREE copy of Jobpostings Magazine at your Career Center.
PAREAP. Target: Teachers seeking positions. This website allows prospective teachers, administrators or non-certified professionals to complete a single online application at no cost and send it to any or all participating school districts in Pennsylvania and across the nation.
www.teachinginpa.com... This site covers the teaching vacancies from over 450 public school districts within the state of Pennsylvania.
http://www.teachphiladelphia.com/. Teach Philadelphia is a service for teachers and independent schools in Philadelphia. Our goal is to make the application and hiring processes as easy as possible for all parties. Teach Philadelphia was conceived by members of the Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officer’s Association to help address the hiring needs of some of its member schools.
http://www.teachercatapult.com/. Teacher Catapult is your best resource for finding Pennsylvania teaching job openings and salary information!
Pennsylvania School Boards Association. This website provides information and resources to support local school districts and provides links to national and other state associations.
Cultural Alliance Job Bank. (Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance) This Web site offers employment opportunities in the arts and cultural communities. It offers job listings that include: Senior Level Positions, Development, Public Relations, Communications and Marketing, Education, Curatorial, Administration and Volunteer (Internship) opportunities.working together to improve and promote the advertising and communications industry.
College Grad Job Hunter. The largest, open access job search site dedicated to college students and recent grads, providing immediate access to job postings, employer databases and information on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, offer negotiation and more!
JobCentral. The internet's first employer-owned job board and employment website. The DirectEmployers Association provides more than 310,000 job listings with 25,000 employers nationwide.
Philly Ad Club. Chestnut Hill College is a member of this non-profit organization which is a community of influential advertising, marketing and media professionals working together to improve and promote the advertising and communications industry.
The Federal Government needs new talent, new energy, and new creativity to do the work of the 21st century.
USAJobs. Provides worldwide job vacancy information updated each day from a database of more than 17,000 exciting public service job opportunities. Apply for Federal positions that can give you the chance to provide public service and make a difference in the lives of the American public.
Studentjobs. This is your one stop for information to find a job within the Federal Government. Whether you're in high school, college, or graduate school, you are eligible for a variety of special opportunities for students. Learn about co-ops, internships, summer employment, volunteer opportunities, and plenty of part-time jobs.
PA State Civil Service Commission. Provides an online application process, answers to questions about the civil service process, and contains a downloadable guide, "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Employment Opportunities for College Graduates".
PhilaJobs. Philadelphia's Personnel Department works in partnership with City departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to attract and maintain a competitive and diverse workforce. Web site provides an overview of available jobs, job descriptions, and compensation information.
The Graduate School Application Process
Junior Year: Fall and Spring
Junior Year: Summer
- Attend Graduate School workshops sponsored by Career Development.
- Attend Graduate School Fairs sponsored by local universities or academic colleges.
- Determine your financial resources. Consider how this may affect your choice of programs in-state versus out-of-state (tuition differences), how many programs you will apply to (application fees) and whether or not you will need to obtain a paid assistantship or other paid work while in school.
- Determine areas of special interest and whether you desire an academic or professional based program.
- Research related institutions and programs (Peterson's Guides and professors are both good resources).
- Talk to advisors / professors about the application process.
- Register for appropriate graduate admissions tests (i.e. GRE, MCAT, LSAT). Take practice exams if desired.
- Write resume and have it critiqued at Career Development.
- Ask supervisors / professors for letters of recommendation. Provide a copy of your resume to assist them.
Senior Year: Fall
- Investigate national scholarships.
- Take required graduate admission tests.
- Visit institutions of interest, if possible. If not, call to discuss programs with appropriate program coordinators.
- Write your application essay. Have it critiqued by Career Development and / or a writing professor/writing center.
- Check on application deadlines vs. rolling admissions policies (both for programs of study and assistantships).
- For medical, dental, osteopathy, podiatry, or law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service most programs use.
Senior Year: Spring
- Obtain letters of recommendation.
- Request copies of transcript from the Registrar's office and send separately, or with application, as requested.
- Take graduate admission tests if you have not already done so.
- Apply for financial aid or student loans, as well as scholarships, if desired or necessary.
- Send completed applications.
- Check with institutions before deadlines to make sure files are complete.
- Interview at institutions that require and interview for either program admittance or assistantships.
- Visit institutions that accept you, investigate housing options, and make final decision.
- Talk to students currently enrolled in the program.
- Send deposit to institution of choice.
- Make housing arrangements (such as completing application for graduate housing or an off campus apartment).
- Notify others institutions that accepted you so that they may admit students on their waiting list.
- Send thank you notes to people who wrote your recommendation letters, and informing them of your success.
You may not be able to adhere to this timetable if your application deadlines are very early, as is the case with medical schools, or if you decide to attend graduate school at the last minute. In any case, keep in mind the various application requirements, and be sure to meet all deadlines. If deadlines are impossible to meet, call the institution to see if a late application will be considered.
Modified from Peterson's Graduate and Professional Programs Guide
These links provide good advice for composing your personal statement - an essential part of your application:
Purdue University Writing Lab
These websites offer information regarding application processes -including essays, financial aid, school rankings, and making transitions between college and grad school:
http://www.gradschools.com/ (Search for graduate program by subject or by school; metro area search, create a student profile, information center, grad school event calendar)