Find and Apply for Opportunities
After setting professional goals and building some basic application materials, it’s time to APPLY for opportunities by searching for positions, building your professional network, and learning more about the skills that will make you a great applicant! Use the following sites to find open opportunities in a wide variety of fields.
General Job Boards
General job boards are a great resource for finding a broad array of position types. Search by location, or use keywords to find positions aligned with your interests.
ZipRecruiter for SOU Students
Oregon Employment Department Job Listings
On-Campus Student Employment Opportunities
Rogue Valley Jobs
Southern Oregon Help Wanted
Rogue Valley Employer Database
View Southern Oregon employers that are willing to host interns and do informational interviews.
Industry-Specific Job Boards
American Marketing Association
American Advertising Federation
American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
Edelman Public Relations Worldwide
Public Relations Society of America
Gap Year & Short-Term Positions
Iowa Pomerantz Career Center
Job Listings with Roll Call
State of Oregon Jobs
Jackson County Jobs
Josephine County Jobs
City of Ashland Jobs
City of Medford Jobs
City of Grants Pass Jobs
The Hill Jobs
US Federal Government Pathways Internship Program
Goldman School of Public Policy’s Government Links
Devex (essential resource for international development jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, programs and news)
CIEE’s Teach Abroad Programs
Dave’s ESL Cafe (contains teaching job listings worldwide and discussion forums by country)
The International Educator (TIE)
Law & Public Policy
Goldman School of Public Policy’s Government Links
Public Affairs Council
Philanthropy News Digest Job Corner
BSR (corporate social responsibility jobs)
Escape the City (find jobs with the world’s most progressive companies)
Find Oregon Employers
Utilize this Employment Department resource to find names of all employers in Oregon
Working remotely can be a great option for people who don’t want their opportunity limited by their geography. Check out the links below to find remote job postings, and don’t forget to search all your favorite standard job sites – like Indeed, LinkedIn, or Glassdoor – by using keywords like “remote” in the search field.
Companies That Hire Remote Workers (Article)
How to Find the Perfect Remote Job (Article)
Remote Work Tools (Article)
How to Get a Remote Job (Article)
Remote Work Skills (Article)
Safe Job Search Tips
Tips for Safer Online Job Searches*
The Internet and e-mail have transformed job hunting and employee recruitment. There is greater access to more opportunities, but any online job search should be tempered by caution. Increased accessibility has benefited scammers, too. Fraudulent job postings may actually be targeting your money or personal information. The following suggestions are ways to protect yourself when searching for jobs in cyberspace.
Essentials to avoiding a scam:
- Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account, or credit card numbers to a new employer.
- Do not agree to have funds or paychecks direct deposited into any of your accounts by a new employer; you should know them first. (Most employers provide the option of either direct deposit or a paycheck, and make these arrangements during your first day or week of actual employment—on site, and not before.)
- Do not forward, transfer, send by courier (e.g., FedEx, UPS), or “wire” any money to any employer, for any employer, using your personal account(s).
- Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment.
- Do not respond to suspicious and/or “too good to be true” unsolicited job e-mails.
Some red flags to watch for:
- You are required to pay a fee to obtain a job (rarely are applicants charged to be hired).
- The contact e-mail address contains the domain “@live.com” or a non-domain name (i.e., their e-mail is a Yahoo account, rather than the official company domain/name).
- You receive an unexpectedly large check (checks are typically slightly less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).
- The employer responds to you immediately after you submit your resume. Typically, resumes sent to an employer are reviewed by multiple individuals, or not viewed until the posting has closed. (This does not include an auto-response you may receive from the employer once you have submitted your resume.)
- The employer contacts you by phone, however there is no number available to call them back.
- You receive an e-mail from an employer stating they were referred to you by the Career Center. The Office of Career Connections will never release your e-mail to an employer without your prior approval.
- The job posting contains numerous grammatical and spelling errors.
- The salary range is broad ($40-$80K).
- The job posting does not list job responsibilities, but instead focuses on the amount of money you can make.
- You are asked to provide a photo of yourself outside of specific fields that require a headshot (e.g., modeling, theater, etc.).
- You get offered the position without interviewing.
- The company has a generic name like Finance Investment Company. Verify through a search engine to ensure the company has a legitimate website and that “scam” does not come up.
- The job appears to be a traditional job contract but upon further inspection is an independent contractor position.
Confirm they’re who they say they are:
You can verify employer contact information through a search engine. An employer may claim to be from a reputable company, but look closely to ensure the domain name matches the domain name of other employees of the company (e.g. “@salesteam.com” may read as “@saleteam”). You can check the company’s website for current openings to see if they match what is being referenced.
Websites to verify organizations:
If you suspect you’re involved in a scam:
Know that the Office of Career Connections is always here to help you. If you feel that you have been contacted by a fraudulent employer, please come to the Student Life and Career Center in Stevenson Union 312, or email us immediately at email@example.com and we will take action. We recommend you also take the following steps:
- Contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state). If you are a current student, you may file a report with the SOU Department of Campus Public Safety at 541.552.6258.
- If it is a situation where you have sent money to a fraudulent employer, you should contact your bank or your credit card company as soon as possible to close the account and dispute the charges. If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, you should file an incident report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1.877.382.4357).
* Adapted from the University of Oregon’s Career Center Blog
Internships are a great way to build your resume, gain experience in a field, and get to try out a career before committing to it. We encourage you to search on all the general job sites, like Handshake and Indeed, to find and apply to internship opportunities. Below are some additional resources specifically geared towards internships.
How To Get An Internship (Article)
Internships-USA (CEI Internships)