The Post-Graduation Job Search

By e-mail-65927_1280popular demand, here are some of the sites that U of I English/CW majors have found helpful for landing jobs:

  • I-Link (this University of Illinois resource should be your first step, as these employers are looking to hire Illini. The interface can be frustrating, but the “Advanced Search” bar will help you zero in on the openings of interest to you.)
  • Chicago Artists Resource (shows job openings at arts and cultural organizations in the Chicago area)
  • (specializes in openings at nonprofit organizations of all kinds)
  • (jobs in the start-up tech world that don’t involve tech skills)
  • (enormous job database)
  • (database of all federal government jobs, including internships in DC, at national parks, in the Smithsonian museum system, etc.)
  • Support Driven Jobs (jobs in tech customer support–a growth field for good communicators)
  • (particularly strong on internships in editing and publishing)
  • Looksharp (requires a login–and as with all such sites you should be careful about how much information you provide–but it specializes in internship and entry-level positions)

The following websites also have some job listings, but they are even more useful for other aspects of your job search. LinkedIn is a helpful resource for networking (and you should definitely create a profile if you are job hunting–employers will look you up). Want to know more about a company? Glassdoor has a lot of crowd-sourced insider information–which means it can be useful, but should not be treated as a necessarily reliable source. The Muse stands out among career advice websites for up-to-date and non-obvious insights.

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