Handshake (Ram Recruiter) is a job search management tool that can help you in all phases of your job search: from identifying employers of interest, to seeing job listings which match your goal, to finding people with whom to network, to managing your job search campaign. You can research both for profit and non-profit employers you wish to contact for jobs by type of employer and geographic area. You can use your target list of employers to search for Suffolk graduates who may work for those employers. You can conduct an email campaign to targeted employers of interest.
For example, if you are interested in working in advertising, you can specify such things as the geographic area you wish to work in, or the size of the employer you wish to target, and Hanshake (Ram Recruiter) will provide a comprehensive list of employers who meet your criteria along with contact names and information, and job listings. All you need to do to register with Handshake (Ram Recruiter) is to sign up using your suffolk.edu email. Alumni without a suffolk.edu email address can sign up using a different email address, however it will take up to 24 hours to process.
Preparing For and Conducting Your Job Search
Job Search Strategies
1. Define your field of interest and the skills and experiences of value to employer in that field. Hone your message to employers – be mindful of the language (buzz words) of the industry.
2. Develop Two Resumes: one targeted to your primary career interest and a more generic version that can serve additional purposes.
3. Utilize Multiple Resources: Including LinkedIn, industry and professional association websites, experience (hyperlink), networking, employment agencies, job search support groups
4. Take Calculated Risks: Break out of your comfort zone—meet people, be visible in your field, ask for help and advice, initiate and follow-up
5. Network: Ask family, friends, colleagues, faculty, administrators, alumni, affinity groups – for referrals to people in your field. Arrange face-face meetings and leave each on with a referral, a new resource, a job lead, and/or advice. Keep in touch with your network.
6. Attend Job Fairs: Seek out the ones most relevant to you and prepare—employers are prescreening for candidates whom they may want to interview later. Be sure to follow up.
7. Initiate Employer Contact: Target employers you have an interest in and send a cover letter and resume to the hiring manager or a relevant contact.
8. Consider Short-term Alternatives and Stay Current: Enhance your skills and build your network through part-time, freelance, or temporary work or through internships in your field. Pursue training opportunities to develop and add skills.
9. Persist: Expect a 3-6 month campaign. Be prepared to speak succinctly and enthusiastically about your chosen career path. Always follow up. Stay focused, determined, and committed.
Looking to stay in the Boston area. Consult our list of the top employers in Massachusetts [PDF], sorted by industry.
General Job and Career Information
Arts and Arts Administration
American Council for the Arts
American Institute of Architects
World Wide Art Resources
USC art links
American Institute of Graphic Artists
Creative Jobs Central
SMFA Career Development
Fashion Career Center
Communication & Media
Corporation for Public Broadcasting JobLine
Radio and Records
Bookbuilders of Boston
Ad Age Career Center
Public Relations Society of America
Sun Oasis-Jobs for Writers, editors and copywriters
Ad Club Job Board
Chronicle of Higher Education
Education Jobs Page
National Association of Independent Schools
Higher Ed Jobs
Association of Boarding Schools
Association of Independent Schools in New England
Massachusetts Charter Public School Association
Mass EducatorsCareer Center (public schools)
Massachusetts School Library Association
New England HERC (colleges and universities)
Associated Grant Makers (development jobs in education and nonprofits)
Mass Board of Library Commissioners
Engineering & Computer Science
USA Jobs-official site for federal jobs
American Society for Public Administration
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Commonwealth Seminar: Commonwealth Jobs (public agencies or public service nonprofits)
Mass. Municipal Association
Health and Human/Social Services
Health Care Source
ACHE Healthcare Executive Career Resource Center
Non Profit Jobs
Mass Hospital Careers - free registration required
Mass League of Community Health Centers -clinical and non clinical jobs
Massachusetts Councils on Aging
Global Career Center
Foreign Policy Assoc.
International Financial Careers
Dave's ESL Cafe
BUNAC Work Overseas
H1 Visa Jobs (subscription required)
H-1B Discosure Information from the Department of Labor
Law / Law Enforcement
Research & Science
These sites provide information and resources that may be helpful to individuals including African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American (AHANA) and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) members of the University community.
Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc. (EOP)
HRC- information on glbt workplace issues and supportive employers
Latino Professional Network
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
National Association of Asian American Professionals
National Association of Black Accountants
National Black MBA Association
MIT Enterprise Forum
MA Chapter, American Society for Training and Development
New England Human Resources Association
MA Software and Internet Council
The Massachusetts Electronic Commerce Association
Cape Cod Technology Council
American Marketing Association, Boston Chapter
American Society for Public Administration
MA Society of Certified Public Accountants
These sites are specific to a certain geographic area. They may include job listings within a certain state, within a state government, housing information, companies located within a certain area, etc.
Career Opportunities (Hyannis, Mass. 508-862-6600)
The Career Place (Woburn, Mass.)
CareerPoint (Holyoke, Mass.)
ExecuNet (Boston area, geared toward executives)
The Financial Executives Networking Group (Boston area)
The Monday Network (Needham, Mass.)
Nashua Job Seekers Networking Meeting (Nashua, N.H., Public Library, 603-589-4600)
Nutfield Networking Group (Londonderry, N.H.)
Operation of A.B.L.E (for job seekers aged 45 and older)
WIND Networking (oldest continuous running networking group in Massachusetts; meetings in Cambridge, Foxboro, Westboro, Wilmington, and Portsmouth, N.H.)