The Graduate Business Studies Office works closely with Boise State University Career Center to offer Career Decision Making and Planning; Internship Advising; Job Search Advising, including resume and cover letter assistance; Interview Training; LinkedIn, Social Media and Networking advice aimed at Graduate Students. Additional services include On-Campus Interviewing (look on BroncoJobs for the current list of participating companies) and Fall and Spring Career Fairs.
Students are encouraged to meet with the Career Center throughout their graduate school experience. The Career Center offers individual counseling/coaching appointments where you can talk to a career counselor about your options, get help fine-tuning your resume or cover letter, or get assistance with developing your online presence and effective networking techniques.
The College of Business and Economics Career Center Liaison is:
Alex is in the COBE Building Lobby twice a week, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Wednesdays. Feel free to meet with him during those times or contact him to schedule an appointment.
Search Information and Advice
The Treasure Valley is a great place for many different types of employers, from start ups, State and Federal government, non-profits, to Fortune 500 companies. In fact, Boise is so well-liked that the Career Center’s historical data shows over 80% of graduating students (both graduate and undergraduate) will stay in the area after graduation. This saturation of educated students makes for a challenging, but not impossible job search. The College of Business and Economics and the Career Center are making strides in helping you stand out among the crowd.
- Start your career search at BroncoJobs, the job and internship search site maintained by the Career Center. BroncoJobs lists postings from organizations specifically recruiting Boise State graduates as well as an “extended search” which mines the Internet for all job postings relevant to your criteria. Additionally, BroncoJobs has direct links to non-profit and Federal and State government jobs. The Career Center also offers a Career Fair every semester. Over 60 employers were present at the Spring 2011 Fair, many looking for graduate degree students.
- We highly recommend networking as a source of job placement. Sending unsolicited resumes is not strongly associated with being hired, whereas networking with potential employers is. The College of Business and Economics holds networking events every semester, most notably, Lessons from Alumni in the Fall. Lessons from Alumni includes an Honors and Graduate Career Development Day involving workshops covering resume building, interviewing prep, social networking, and etiquette. Joining Boise Young Professionals is highly recommended. Current Boise State students can join at no charge prior to graduation.
- Consider informational interviews. Studies have shown that over 80% of job openings are not listed: some of these ‘hidden jobs’ can be located through interviews. If you have chosen a field or area you want to work in, try using Manta.com or Google to search for local business profiles, and contact companies you are interested in for an informational interview. Within a specific area, you may also look for professional organizations to join for networking and leads. Boise State Alums are always interested in helping out fellow Broncos! Work with the College or the Career Center to connect with alumni for potential informational interviews.
- Larger companies are often requiring applicants to fill out their job application and resume forms online. At the 2011 Spring Career Fair we encountered several businesses who would not take resumes, but referred students to their online job forms, stating it’s a more secure and powerful way for them to organize potential employees. It also serves as legal protection for the company in helping show they considered all applicants equally. Even though some companies will take a resume, they may still require you to fill out their online form before being ‘officially’ considered as an applicant. It will come in handy to have multiple formats of your resume, including Word Doc, PDF, and plain text for this purpose. It is important to use key words from job postings in your area of interest in order for the search systems within these databases to pick up your resume.
- Social networking sites and online presence. It is important to remember that people can win or lose their job depending on how well their public profiles are ‘sanitized.’ Google yourself before beginning your job search—potential employers do, even though the legality is still debated. If you have a common name, like John Smith, try “John Smith Boise” in quotes, to see if you come up in the ranking. If you locate any sensitive or legally private information about yourself, contact the site owners to have it removed or remove it yourself if possible. Sites that aggregate personal private data, like Pipl.com and Spokeo.com, have automated data removal links. Make sure your Facebook or other profile has the tightest security and privatization settings, so no one can see your personal information. Delete any photos that include yourself and alcohol or other substances. Change your profile photo to a professionally taken head shot. Use LinkedIn to create an accurate work history with references from old employers and co-workers—don’t forget to ask your current coworkers to recommend you, even if you are a Graduate Assistant!
Finally, here are some notable job search websites.
- Idaho State Department of Labor Job Listings
- Idaho State Department of Human Resources: for State Jobs
- Indeed.com: a meta-search engine
- Dice.com: for Tech jobs
- USA Jobs: the US Government’s official job site
- FindARecruiter.com: Headhunter portal
- CollegeRecruiter.com: Internships and entry-level
- WSJ Jobs News and Search powered by Fins.com for Finance, Tech, Sales, and Marketing