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 VOCA Center can offer.


Complete your profile and begin to explore Handshake. Handshake is Houghton's online center for vocational development. Browse jobs and internships based on your career interests, find helpful resources, discover what professional engagement events are happening on campus, connect with alumni, and log experiential learning opportunities.

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.  

  • Networking - Get in touch with people in your field of work. Utilize the Alumni Office and LinkedIn for assistance in finding professionals in areas of career interest. Talk with people you know. A very small percentage of open jobs are actually posted publicly. Use the LinkedIn University page to learn how to create a great profile and how to start networking effectively online.
    • Search - Look through newspapers, magazines, trade journals, on-line resources including  Handshake 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

    VOCA 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. Log on to Handshake to find upcoming professional engagement events.

    Job Preparation & Job Search Sites

    Top Links for Career and Job Planning

    Job Search Sites

    • Career Bliss is a free online career community that empowers job seekers with millions of jobs, reviews, and salaries, along with hundreds of career advice articles. CareerBliss, founded in 2008, provides transparency in the workplace that effectively lets our users find happiness by getting an inside look at the reviews and salaries submitted by real employees for over 100,000 employers nationwide.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Neuvoo aggregates all jobs from employers career's website in order for candidates to find all jobs available in their preferred regions. Employers have the opportunity to sponsor their jobs, advertise their employer brand, hire with the neuvoo ATS and with its mobile recruiting platform.
    • Christian Jobs
    • Recruiter pulls over 1 million jobs directly from top employers and looks at each one for you. Recruiter emails you only the jobs that you care about. You will also receive daily career tips from your peers and from the experts at Recruiter.
    • ZipRecruiter

    Specialized Job Search Sites

    • Find links to related to your specific employment field here.

    Resume building resources

    • 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.
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