Find a Job

The first step in landing a position is to come up with a job search strategy. Many times, we limit ourselves to only searching for jobs online. However, only a fraction of jobs are actually posted and thus we need to implement a strategic plan in order to be successful.

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tips for starting the job search
  • Try a career exploration assessment like Pathway U and O*Nnet to research your interests.
  • Set up an informational interview and/or job shadow with a professional in a field of interest to you.
  • Learn more about companies and job opportunities on Handshake.
  • Attend career events to learn about different industries and job opportunities. 
  • Check out our Career Guides by Major to see where other GVSU Alumni have landed. 
  • Have you considered working at GVSU? Connect with Talent Acquisition Specialist, Dan Banks and view job openings here

Get Focused

  • Complete a skills triangle or graph (see pages 8, 9 & 10 here).
  • Research companies you are interested in.
  • Find a way to get/stay organized that works for you (see page 13 here).
  • Consider taking a Career Assessment.

Assemble Materials

  • Update your resume and write a cover letter for the position(s) to which you are applying.
  • Update your LinkedIn and Handshake profiles with all your current information.


  • On average, 75% of opportunities are never posted, so identify companies/organizations you are interested in and contact them directly.
  • Reach out to contacts and fellow GVSU alumni through LinkedIn to conduct informational interviews. This is a great way to learn about opportunities and build your network.
  • If you’re looking for jobs outside your local area, utilize GVSU Alumni Networks.
  • If you’re local to West Michigan, attend career events. The Career Center brings hundreds of employers right to campus and these employers want to talk to you about opportunities.

Search and Apply

  • Handshake is a great online tool for searching for positions. It has many local, regional, and national opportunities.
  • Go Abroad is a great resource if you’re interested in an international opportunity. Learn more about working abroad here
  • Make sure to check out our information on how to recognize and avoid fraudulent jobs

Learn more about interviewing, following up, and reviewing/negotiating offers here!

Page last modified November 30, 2023