Congratulations, you're ready to launch your post-graduation job search! This is an exciting time that can be filled with a variety of emotions. Jobs come in many forms and your search will be unique to you and your goals. The Career Center is here to partner with you on your journey and the resources below will help guide your post-graduation job search.
Find a Job
As you look for opportunities, start with Handshake, our centralized platform where employers post positions for Boston College students. All of the top employers are hiring on Handshake, including the Fortune 500, nonprofits, startups, and more. You can also find campus recruitment opportunities.
Our guide will help you set up your profile and make the most of your Handshake account.
External Job Boards
While it is highly recommended that you use Handshake as your primary platform to search for a job, there are a variety of other online job boards that may also serve as helpful resources. Below are a few general job boards to start with. You can find industry-specific resources on our career cluster pages.
|WayUp||wayup.com||A platform for early career professionals to explore opportunities, receive advice, and get discovered by employers|
|linkedin.com||Explore job listings on the world's largest professional network|
|Indeed||indeed.com||Job postings from across the U.S.|
|Simply Hired||simplyhired.com||Aggregated job listings from thousands of websites and job boards|
|Monster||monster.com||A full array of job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management products and services|
|Glassdoor||glassdoor.com||Job postings with company reviews, salary reports, and more|
|College Recruiter||collegerecruiter.com||Job search for current college students and recent graduates|
|AfterCollege.com||AfterCollege.com||The largest career network for college students and recent graduates|
|CollegeGrad.com||CollegeGrad.com||A job board designed for an entry-level job search|
|Idealist||idealist.org||A job board for a nonprofit/government job search|
|Pro Fellow||profellow.com||A job board for a professional and academic fellowship search|
|Jop Well||jopwell.com||A career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals|
|LinkUp||linkup.com||An index of global job listings|
|B-Work||bwork.com||B Work connects purpose driven jobseekers with meaningful work at companies that are using business as a force for good|
|GoinGlobal||goinglobal.com||GoinGlobal helps new and experienced job seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad|
Develop a Search Plan
Develop a plan that includes your target career field, ideal geographic location(s), ideal start date, what type of organization you are seeking in terms of size and culture. In addition, we encourage you to set goals for yourself as well as dates for achieving those goals. If you would like help with this process, we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your goals with a career coach.
Research Target Employers
Most job openings aren’t advertised broadly. They’re usually posted on the organization’s website. Identify promising employers by checking Handshake, working your contacts, checking sites like Vault and LinkedIn, and reading trade websites and magazines. Then go to those employers’ websites to browse job openings.
Track Your Progress
Because you will likely be at different stages of the application process with various organizations at a given time, developing a process to keep track of all the details is key. Keep a spreadsheet that lists the organization, position title, links to the organization’s website and job description, date you submitted your application, date of follow up, date of interview(s), and other pertinent notes or details.
Understand Hiring Timelines
Every career field follows unique recruiting cycles and general hiring timelines. To succeed in your job search, you need to be aware of the recruiting cycles for your industry of choice. Below we provide information that can serve as a guideline for your own unique job search based on when BC graduates have been hired in the past.
Hiring Timelines By Career Cluster
Hiring timelines are based on aggregate outcome data from the Classes of 2017–2019 and reference full-time job offers.
|Career Cluster||Before Senior Year||Fall Semester Senior Year||Spring Semester Senior Year||After Graduation|
|Business, Consulting, and Finance||35%||27%||26%||12%|
|Communication, Arts, and Media||2%||12%||43%||43%|
|Education, Nonprofit, and Social Service||5%||15%||50%||29%|
|Government, Law, and Public Policy||2%||3%||58%||36%|
|Healthcare and Nursing||5%||8%||50%||37%|
|Science, Technology, and Engineering||4%||28%||49%||19%|
Protect Yourself from Scams
We know that you’re working hard to find that perfect internship or job. However, it is important to be aware that what appears to be the perfect job may not be so perfect. Not every job posting is legitimate; scammers may post fraudulent jobs to get your personal information for identity theft or to get money from you. These fraudulent jobs can be difficult to spot, but it is important for you to be aware of some tips on what red flags to look for and how to protect yourself if you think you may have applied to a fraudulent job.
The Boston College Career Center makes every effort to verify the legitimacy of employers and job postings listed on Handshake. However, the ultimate responsibility for researching a potential employer and its opportunities lies with the applicant. Keep these tips in mind for any job opportunity you receive by email, find on a job board, or find on Handshake. If you feel uncomfortable about any job opportunity, do not click on any links and do not provide any personal information. Contact us with any questions you have about the legitimacy of an employer or an opportunity.