A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Job Search Services

The job search process can be frightening but it doesn't have to be. The most important thing to remember is to start early. A typical job search for new graduates can take six months or longer, so don't wait until the last minute. Take advantage of the help that Career Services can offer.

Keys to Success

How to be successful in your Job Search!

  • Preparation - This includes creating an effective resume, learning to write a cover letter, maybe doing a mock interview to sharpen your question & answer skills.  (More information can be obtained on the Job Preparation page.) 

  • Networking - Get in touch with people who know other people in your field of work.  Students are also encouraged to visit the Alumni Office's Houghton Connects for assistance in this as well. Talk with people you know.  A very small percentage of open jobs are actually posted publicly.

  • Search - Look through newspapers, magazines, trade journals, on-line resources including the HC Job Shop to get ideas about jobs that are currently open. Again, TALK with people you know.  

  • Research - When you have found an employer you are interested in, learn as much about them as you can.  This helps you to formulate questions to ask during the interview, as well as present yourself as a prepared candidate.

On & Off-Campus Career Events

Career Services hosts on-campus career-related workshops and events, as well provides transportation to off-campus job fairs and similar events.  Workshops are held throughout the school year on topics from resume writing to choosing a major to preparing for GRE and other tests.  Annual events we host include a Grad School Fair and a Summer Internship and Employment Day. 

The HC Job Shop

 Job ShopThis link will take you to the Houghton College Job Shop database.

Job Preparation & Job Search Sites

Top Links for Career and Job Planning

Job Search Sites

  • CareerJet is an employment search engine for the United States.  It allows you to search a growing selection of jobs listed on company sites and jobsites at one time - no more visiting each site individually.
  • JobChoicesOnline features job-search advice, interview tips, sample cover letters and resumes,
    links to employers interested in hiring new college grads, and more! 
  • Current Jobs For Graduates is a job bulletin service in the following areas:  Liberal Arts Graduates; Writing, Editing & Communications; Management & Business; Education; International; Art; and Performing Arts, classified by region.  Contact Career Services to obtain a site log-in and password. 
  • The Employment Guide®  website is completely free of charge for job seekers.
  • Indeed.com provides access to millions of jobs and internships from sources such as Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder, the New York Times and Fortune 500 corporate websites. It draws from thousands of other sources as well, including small industry-specific job boards, local newspapers and associations.
  • Juju is a site that searches jobs from job boards and corporate career pages to make a job search easier and more effective.
  • JobBank USA provides career information including job and resume database services to job candidates and employers.
  • College Grad Hunter is the largest open access web site dedicated to college students and recent graduates.  Has database of 4500 companies with entry level job postings, plus numerous helps on resumes, interviews, job preparation, etc.
  • College.wsj.com offers articles on all aspects of job hunting, a database of over 30,000 jobs, and more sponsored by the Wall Street Journal.
  • Internships.com bills itself as the world’s largest internship marketplace where employers can post internships and get access to its internship database for free.
  • Idealist Jobs that make a Difference.

Specialized Job Search Sites

  • HealthCareerWeb.com is a job-searching tool for people who have been in the healthcare industry for years and even those that are just starting out. 
  • Teach English Overseas. Educational Services International trains and sends people to teach English, business/law in Muslim Central Asia, Russia, China, Central Europe, Turkey, Morocco. Summer and all year positions. All ages, majors, degrees welcome.
  • Western New York School District Registry
  • Non-Profit Employment Website sponsored by ACCESS: Networking in the Public Interest is the only comprehensive national resource for employment opportunities and career development for non-profit organizations.
  • All 50 Medical is a free healthcare career resource specializing in allied health, locum tenen and traveling nurse careers.
  • TravelNursing.org - Free career resource for nurses researching career opportunities and jobs in the exciting field of travel nursing.

Resume building resources

  • Intajob.com is a free online resume builder, offering job listings for review.
  • Resume Dictionary is a free resource for students to improve resume writing skills and help them secure employment.  It is a dictionary based on KSA (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) and new entries are made weekly, written by human resource directors, teachers, and employers.
  • Student Center at MonsterTrak provides resume, cover letter, and interviewing guidelines.