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Finding Permanent Employment

Using Resources at MIT and on the Internet

By Katharyn Jeffreys

Features Editor

This is the first in a series of articles discussing finding permanent and summer employment. Future articles will include information on entrepreneurialism, the recruitment process and other relevant topics.

It is time again to pull out the suit and get together a resume in an effort to find a job. Students around campus, some more eagerly than others, are searching for meaningful, interesting or simply well paid summer and permanent positions. Although the recruiting season is well underway, it is not too late to find a rewarding job. The most important thing is to distribute resumes and utilize connections.

The most basic, and probably most important resource for MIT students seeking employment is JobTrak, at <http://www.jobtrak.com.> MIT’s Office of Career Services and Preprofessional Advising arranges most information sessions and interviews for on-campus recruiting using InterviewTrak, a part of the JobTrak system. Both summer and permanent positions are listed.

Posting a resume, cover letter, transcript, or supplemental information on JobTrak is easy: simply upload a file created in a word processor. These files can then be submitted to companies of interest, both those recruiting at MIT and those which have posted on the general JobTrak site. Each registered user has ten resume slots which allows for different information to be sent based on the type of company and position sought.

Other internet resources prove valuable

The internet is a valuable resource for finding employment in many other ways as well. Starting with an idea of what type of job, or even a location desired, it is possible to narrow the search. First, try the classified ads of local newspapers. These are often published online and are searchable.

There are also many web sites which serve the purpose of connecting companies with potential employees. One of these sites, run by Yahoo, is <http://careers.yahoo.com>, which lists over 500,000 jobs. A great majority of these are Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, but they have listings in every field. The site also provides information about the recruiting process and has a special “College Central” section which is aimed at students seeking summer and permanent employment.

Another site is BridgePath <http://www.bridgepath.com>, which offers similar services to the Yahoo site including a weekly e-mail newsletter which gives advice on interview techniques as well as spotlighting careers. It also lists other resources for job searching.

It is also possible to find a job simply by searching for a company in a field of interest. Go to any of the search engines and type in keywords indicating the job type, as well as location, to find lists of companies. Then, browse their web sites to see if they are hiring. Even if no specific openings are listed, it is possible to find a position in a company simply by sending their human resources department a well constructed cover letter and resume.

Learning how to be recruited

When searching for a job online, it is convenient to have a resume accessible from the web, so that potential employers can view it quickly and easily. A well laid-out paper copy is also important for distribution at career fairs, interviews, etc. The Career Services office is available to help formulate an effective resume during their walk-in hours in 12-170.

Career Services offers many other programs as well, viewable at <http://mit.edu/career/ www/students.html>. They hold workshops pertaining to specific aspects of the recruiting process such as salary negotiations, interviewing techniques, and career planning. Salary ranges for MIT graduates from various fields are also posted. For detailed information about the process of finding a job, look at <http://mit.edu/ career/www/handbook/>, the MIT Careers Handbook.